Saturday, April 10, 2010

Poynter Institute visual journalist offers free workshop in Anchorage on April 16

Who: Poynter visual journalist Sara Quinn will be in Anchorage/Fairbanks April 12-16 as a visiting Atwood Professor.

What: She is giving a free workshop for any and all interested local media on VISUAL JOURNALISM in Anchorage on Friday, April 16 at the UAA campus. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Alaska Press Club.

When: Friday, April 16, 2-4 p.m.

Where: UAA Fine Arts Building, Room 117.
Parking is free on the UAA campus on Fridays. There is a ginormous parking lot and a parking garage right next to the UAA Arts Building, so quick arrival and quick getaways will be easy. Enter the campus at the traffic light at Providence Drive and Alumni Way (close to the UAA Consortium Library). Another entrance is off UAA Drive, turn left BEFORE you go under the overhead spine, and follow that road around until you see the Arts Building and the Arts Building parking structure at the far east end of the campus.

Workshop Description:
This workshop is suitable for anybody looking for a visual way to tell a story. She will talk about appropriate media that fit the story -- from print graphics and lists, to audio, video and non-linear multimedia storytelling available only on the Web. She's been given a list of local news Web sites to peruse before her arrival. She was excited to get it, so I suspect she will take a look to see what sort of visual storytelling is going on here online and may refer to some local sites in her talk. Not a definite, but she seemed very willing to take a look. She is also hopeful the session can be interactive, not one-way.

This workshop is available to anyone who needs to tell a story with the newest tools.

Link: Sara Quinn's page at Poynter is

Public Talk at the Wendy Williamson: Quinn will address the new direction of journalism on Monday, April 12 at 7:30 pm at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium, with a dessert reception beginning at 7. This event is free and open to the public. Her topic that evening is New Challenges, New Passions for a New Journalism, about how young media professionals can prepare themselves for careers that have yet to be clearly defined. She’ll explain how the forms of storytelling and business models will change, but how the need will always be there for people to understand the world around them. She is spending a week at UAA as the visiting Atwood Chair for the Department of Journalism and Public Communications. Through the Atwood Foundation, created in 1962, Bob Atwood funded the Atwood Chair with yearly donations to further the cause of educating the next generation of Alaska reporters and editors.

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