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CCMA highlights

14095_110434648992550_4289460_nYou may already have heard that some of your classmates who toil away at the Spartan Daily were recently honored for their work at the California College Media Association’s annual awards banquet in San Diego.

Spartan Daily staffers received nine CCMA awards, including:

  • Stephanie Wong and Christiana Cobb shared the first place award for Best Special Section for putting together the Daily‘s food issue
  • Raphael Kluzniok took two awards — first place for Best Sports Photo and third place for Best News Photo
  • Codi Mills won two awards — a second place for Best Photo Series and third place for Best Sports Photo
  • Carolyn Seng took second place for Best Features Photo
  • Leeta-Rose Ballester was honored for her story on a family of farm workers

Keynote CCMA speaker was Margaret Sullivan of the New York Times. She recently posted a column, “Lodestars in a murky media world,” based on her CCMA presentation and some of the discussions she had with those in attendance. In it, she talks about the changing media landscape and what it means for recent grads and current journalism majors. She also highlights the journalistic values she thinks will remain important for the next generation of journalists. Check it out.


Funding the news

Some traditional news media are getting a fresh infusion of ideas and capital … from the very folks who helped make their old business model obsolete.

As David Carr of the New York Times notes in “Tech wealth and ideas are heading into the news,” a number of Silicon Valley tech titans are now investing in the news business.

For example, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, recently bought The Washington Post. Facebook’s Chris Hughes bought The New Republic and is also providing financial support to Upworthy, a news aggregation site. Another eBay alum, Jeff Skoll, is helping fund Participant Media and the TV channel Pivot, which focus on making “socially relevant” films and television programs. And eBay Founder Pierre M. Omidyar recently announced that he’s bankrolling a plan by noted journalist Glenn Greenwald to develop a completely new news site.

“The list goes on,” Carr says, “but the trend is clear: quality news has become, if not sexy, suddenly attractive to smart digital money.”

And it’s not just about the money, Carr says, adding, “If ever an industry was in need of innovation — of big ideas from uncommon thinkers — it is the news business.”

In “Make-or-Break Verbs,” an Op-Ed piece for the New York Times, Constance Hale, a San Francisco-based journalist, illustrates the difference between active verbs and passive verbs. She also delineates several other categories of verbs, including “wimp” verbs, existential verbs, power verbs and sensing verbs.

NYT graphicFor example, Hale notes, “Sportscasters and announcers must be masters of dynamic verbs, because they endlessly describe the same thing while trying to keep their readers and listeners riveted.

“We’re not just talking about a player who singles, doubles or homers,” she continues. “We’re talking about, as announcers described during the 2010 World Series, a batter who ‘spoils the pitch’ (hits a foul ball), a first baseman who ‘digs it out of the dirt’ (catches a bad throw) and a pitcher who ‘scatters three singles through six innings’ (keeps the hits to a minimum).

Good stuff, that. And, seriously, don’t you want to know what a “wimp verb” is?

And there’s more

The ad majors in our group may enjoy this web site for Make My Logo Bigger Cream. Be sure to watch the video all the way through…you don’t want to miss the “emotionator.” (Thanks to my friend Pam, a direct marketer in K.C., for sending me this link.)


Plus, here’s one last chance to get extra credit by being the first to spot the typo in this screenshot. It’s from my daily news email from the New York Times.

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