Posts by Jacky Hicks

CSPA Circle winners

"The mother looks deep into the soul of the man that ended her daughter's life and searches for her faith." Such powerful language helped senior Greg Stitt of the Granite Bay High School Gazette win second place in news features in Columbia Scholastic Press Association's 2007 Scholastic Circle awards. Read More

A potentially volatile investigation

Al Tompkins' Morning Meeting item "Dangerous chemicals in High School Labs" (March 9) is worth a look -- a careful look -- at any high school. A Post Register (Idaho Falls, Idaho) story reported on the discovery of half-century-year-old laboratory chemicals stuffed into a crate and left under the high school stage. Properly disposing … Read More

Attend a workshop this summer

Summer. Sun bathing, relaxing in front of the TV, studying journalism at a summer institute.... Ok, so maybe journalism training isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of summer, but for the dedicated, those long vacation months are the perfect time to fit in some hard-core journalism practice. The Dow … Read More

Hard to watch, but watch and learn

Al Tompkins' March 14 Morning Meeting, "Learning from an expert in online video," focuses on The Washington Post's Travis Fox and his award-winning online photojournalism piece about the refugee crisis in Darfur. The column contains great lessons for up-and-coming video journalists, especially those with an international bent. The Darfur video is a must-see for everyone, though. Read More

Options for editors, from crop to Photoshop

Gruesome or controversial photographs add reality to a story that might otherwise seem muted in grey text. They can also spark calls and e-mails from upset readers. Editors face tough choices to balance the two. In "Beyond Taste: Editing Truth," Kenny Irby used photographs of the March 11 train bombing in Madrid, … Read More

Shedding light on video (and still) photography

A high school journalism teacher got the attention of Poynter's Al Tompkins when she created YouTube videos that teach the basics of TV photojournalism. Al's Morning Multimedia for Feb. 28 highlights the work of Cyndy Green, a former TV photojournalist who now teaches in Stockton, Calif. Tompkins writes: So this is a lesson from Cyndy Green … Read More

Watch and learn

The National Press Photographers Association's annual Best of Television Photojournalism contest is being judged here at Poynter. The winners represent the best photo and visual journalism from professionals around the nation, and they're all displayed on the contest website for you to enjoy and study. Click here to to watch the … Read More

Ask a 'New York Times' reporter

The New York Times' Learning Network features an "Ask a Reporter" section. Students can submit questions that could be published on the site with a brief response from the journalist. The reporter answering the questions rotates, so sometimes you ask a sports reporter and other times a features writer.  … Read More

Cover beats and be organized, adviser says

Wayne Brasler, newspaper adviser at University High in Chicago, suggested ways to find stories in a recent posting on the Journalism Education Association listserv.  Here are excerpts of his message: Beat Reports -- Every administrator, faculty member, coach, club sponsor and student leader is contacted monthly and asked: What are you doing … Read More

Like a journalism video game

 If you're serious about journalism, you should be serious about journalism training. News University (NewsU) is an excellent resource for motivated journalism students. The site, a project of the Poynter Institute that is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, offers interactive, self-paced courses for journalists of all … Read More

Al's Morning Meeting--a compilation

Here is our best attempt yet to inspire you with story ideas... Al's Morning Meeting, a daily column written by Poynter faculty member (and former television news director) Al Tompkins, is an excellent resource for story ideas. The column covers general topics, linking to web resources and offering tips on how to navigate the issue. Read More

Your staff hungers for feedback

"Constructive feedback does not naturally flow upward or downward…. Far too often, journalists of all levels are left to divine for themselves what they're doing well, what they need to improve and what they should stop altogether."   So says Butch Ward, a member of the Poynter faculty, in "The Value of Feedback."   Feedback … Read More

How you can manage to lead

Trying to manage a best friend or an apathetic freshman or even a social enemy might seem impossible. How do you get your newspaper staff to listen to you, their peer? Jill Geisler of Poynter's leadership faculty distinguishes a manager from a leader this way: "Put simply, people are required to follow a manager; they choose to follow a … Read More

Gangrey, a blog for writers... is a blog dedicated to writing. Good writing. Its mission? To help "bail water out of a sinking ship" -- newspapers, that is. The blog specializes in narrative journalism, featuring the best stories from newspapers around the country. One after the other, they are a waterfall of inspiration. The blog doesn't just link … Read More