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Punk Rock Prom December 2, 2010

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MSU’s Punk Rock Prom

Minnesota State hosted its first Punk Rock Prom


MANKATO, Minn. – Fishnet tights, black eye makeup, Converse shoes and multi-colored mo hawks were sported by the majority of the students who attended Punk Rock Prom Wednesday evening.  The free event was held at Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Ballroom.


According to MSU’s music industry website, Concert Company Committee Chairman and Impact concert producer, Brittany McDowell is in charge of all campus concerts.  She produces one concert each month with Impact, the student programming board.


This month Impact teamed up with Chelsea Phillips, an MSU music industry major to bring Punk Rock Prom to MSU.


“This is the first time we have done this particular event, so we did a lot of marketing for the event on campus,” said Phillips. “We really don’t know how many students will actually show up.”


The two-hour event was warmed up with an announcer who played his turntables on stage for the first hour.  Within the hour over 100 event goers strolled into the ballroom to hear the local punk cover band, The Sold Outs, who performed for the second hour.


Bass and lead vocalist, Paul Wilson joined the Soldouts in Mankato, where all three-band members are originally from, about five years ago.  The Soldouts perform on weekends in Minnesota, Wisconsin and northern Iowa. The Soldouts cover five decades of music in the rock and pop classic genres, but personalize all of the songs they perform.


“We’re excited to play for a college crowd,” said Wilson, “we’re use to small coffee house venues.”


Punk Rock Prom included a free photo-op with a professional photographer and a prom-style background with guitars and drums.  Refreshments were also available.


Check out footage from Punk Rock Prom


Online Journalism: Linking November 15, 2010

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Who knew there were rules to linking as an online journalist?

In the past, online journalism has been looked at as almost a free world where a journalist could write whatever they want and nothing could be done to them. It seemed as if the internet was a place to share opinions and unchecked information, but this is not the case anymore. The ethics of print journalism also apply to online writing, but the law doesn’t stop there, it continues in specific cases that are special to only online writing.

An example how the laws of online journalism can be more specific than print journalism is the “linking law“. This law, according to James C. Foust in the second edition of Online Journalism, includes violations as trademark infringement, false or deceptive advertising, dilution and passing off.

Linking in online journalism is frequently used and can be seen as a necessity, but according to Foust, linking in online journalism is being watched in the following five ways:

Deep Linking – “The practice of bypassing a Web sit’s home page or other introductory material by linking to a page “deep within the site’s structure.” Example

Inline Linking – “..Can be used to display copyrighted images in a new setting without permission of the copyright holder.” Example

Framing – “Taking someone else’s content and putting a frame around it to make it look as if you produced it.” Example – Legal Case

Associative Linking – “Linking in which the site with the link can affect the reputation of the sites it links to…The legal concept behind prohibiting such associative links is that people might hold a linked site in lower regard because of other links that appear on a page.”

Linking to Illegal or Infringing Material – “Based on the fact that the Web site operator does not possess or post illegal or infringing material but merely links to a site that does.”


New York Fashion Week, Flip Video Critique November 8, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — krrmxl @ 4:55 am

N. Y. Fashion Week piece proves flip video skills must be learned.

In the first scene of the N. Y. Fashion Week film, the video is zoomed in on a photo of a sign for the event with an arrow. This was a good way to lead into the the video because it presents the event from the spectator’s point of view, which sets the scene well for a news story.

The scene immediately following the intro was not so becoming. This scene was panning the whole room, causing the audience to only think about how much their heads hurt from watching blurry people type on blurry Apple computers. The next clips unfortunately don’t get any easier to follow because he continues to pan the action happening in each room he enters, causing the audience to only wonder what they are looking at and why it is so shaky.

What the journalist should have done in this situation is pick out the most important thing happening in each room he was in, possibly someone signing autographs or something that would tell the story of what fashion week is all about. After he found the subject he wanted to capture, he should set up a tripod or keep the camera very still and take 10 seconds of recording without moving the camera, stop recording, choose a new angle on the subject and repeat four times on each subject. Taking these short still videos will allow the audience to study the content and the subject and their action.

When a photographer decides to move the camera while recording, the audience’s attention can vier away from the story and concentrate on the skills of the photographer.

When videoing the models on the runway, the photographer zoomed in and out and panned with the girls to keep them in the shot. The best thing to do there would have been to just keep the camera on a wide shot of the whole room.

The journalist could have also used a tripod when interviewing people so the video wasn’t so shaky. Also when choosing clips for the video, the journalist should have taken out her own voice and picked better angles to get the most light on the faces of the interviewees.

All in all, the video would be unappealing to an audience who was interested in what it was like to be at N. Y. Fashion week and through watching this video I can conclude that though a flip video camera looks like an easy device to master, it still requires skills that can be acquired by watching this flip camera tutorial.


St. Peter Girls Soccer Loses at State November 2, 2010

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Contact: Karrie Meixl, St. Peter Athletic Coordinator

email:                                                                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

tel: 123-123-1234

St. Peter Girls Soccer lose in First State Appearance

St. Peter girls soccer team’s first state tournament appearance ends with 2-0 loss to Mahtomedi.

ST. CLOUD – St. Peter girls soccer team (13-6-1) was defeated 2-0 in their first Minnesota State High School League tournament appearance by the undefeated, Mahtomedi (17-0-5).

Reaching the state tournament for the first time in school history, the Saints fell 2-0 Wednesday to No. 2-ranked Mahtomedi in the class A quarterfinals at Husky Stadium.


The Saints struggled in the first half against the mist, blowing horizontally at times. But playing on a collegiate field – bigger than any they’d played on all season worked in the Saints’ favor, believed Saints coach Karl Larson.


“There was a lot more ground to cover,” he said, but to be honest, I think that was good for us because we’re a team that relies on our speed.”







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Photojournalism Tips October 18, 2010

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How to create the best newspaper photos.

Since recently taking a photojournalism class, I am more interested in the art of creating photos specifically for the newspaper. Also, photojournalism tutorials and photography websites also contribute to my growing curiosity.

Notice the photo has content (airplane) which answers the four Ws.

I have learned that photojournalism is more than just “point and shoot”, it should tell a story without needing words to describe it. As a frequent reader of the local newspaper, one of my favorite things to do it look at the photos before venturing into the text. The photos on the page usually foretell the emotion of the story. For example, a story about a government meeting would probably show a photo of government workers seated at a table.

A newspaper photo should also grab the reader’s attention since it is usually what sells the paper off the rack. An example of this is, if there was an athletic event that the majority of the community is interested in, its not just enough to show a photo of the game, it is best to be a photo of the climax of that game or event that would instantly spark curiosity.

Are you Curious?

A good newspaper photo should cause curiosity, but should then answer the readers questions with the content in the photo. Just focusing all your attention on the subject of the photo isn’t good enough, the content of the photo should also let the reader know the location of the event. Who, what, where and when are the four w’s of journalism, not excluding photojournalism.


html exercise October 7, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — krrmxl @ 8:27 pm

HTML Tutorials

About HTML

There is a lot more you can learn about HTML. And the best place to turn for complete information on any topic related to Web design is, of course, the Web. The following sites offer helpful tutorials so you can learn more about HTML.

HTML Tutorials


Online Writing Tips October 4, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — krrmxl @ 4:01 am

Online writing has quickly become an art separate from any other writing “venue”.

Since the birth of the Internet, articles and stories found on any website are held to different standards than books, newspapers and magazines found in the tangible world . “Research” is the main cause for the difference in writing. The internet is mostly used for quickly researching topics and facts. An online researcher tends to minimize his/her search to specifics and may only spend one minute or less scanning each site to find what they are looking for.

Other differences between online writing and print are given by the article, “A Dozen Writing Tips”. One large difference is that the print world gets readers through loyalty of a certain newspaper or magazine because of the type of news or information it tends to put out, but the main reason websites are visited is through “key word” searches on Google, Yahoo or other search engines. People are looking for quick answers and quick information, they don’t want to see your site, they want to scan the article that withholds their key words.

This brings me to my next tip that I learned in my multimedia writing class; key words. Key words are the bread and butter of online writing. A well written online article should write the story from a researcher point of view. An online journalist should pick out five words that would most likely be typed into a search engine and be sure to put them in the title, subtitle and first paragraph so search engines have no choice but to offer their story to someone curious about a topic related to that article.

Online writing is short and to the point, which some might think would be easier than print writing, but there are many things an online journalist has to keep in mind besides just telling the story. Online journalism is a growing profession and will continue to be more and more competitive for that reason.