We have joined with several other schools in the University to purchase a limited number of licenses for accessing lynda.com, an on-line technology training site. The site contains over 500 videos providing training on a wide variety of technology topics. Examples of topics include Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, Final Cut Pro, operating systems, web programming, etc. The training videos are available to all members of the J School.
We’re experimenting with Twitcam.com, which makes live webcasting pretty simple. Here’s video of some of the opening day remarks by Soledad O’Brien of CNN (Twitcam provided 30+ minutes of live video that were webcast instantly, then archived and online within three minutes).
[NOTE: For those of you who Twitter, the hashtag for J-school events is #columbiaj (if you have no idea what the previous sentence means, you will have plenty of opportunities to learn during your time here).]
Preview of the National Geographic Documentary
“T Rex Walks Again” - Feb 24th @ 5:15, Lecture Hall
Message from Prof. Marguerite Holloway,
My friend, Thomas Lucas, will be previewing his new National Geographic documentary on Tuesday, February 24th, here at the journalism school! It is called “T.Rex Walks Again.” Here is a short description: “”How could a tiny Tyrannosaurus rex baby grow into a six-ton super carnivore? Dinosaur builder Hall Train and renowned paleoartist Jason Brougham team up with some top scientists to attempt to bring a new vision of T. rex to life. Will they be able to uncover the truth about this fascinating animal and create the world’s most accurate, fully skinned, mechanical replica of a walking juvenile T. rex?”
Filmmaker Thomas Lucas and two of the film’s subjects—Hall Train of Hall Train Studios in Toronto and Jason Brougham of the American Museum of Natural History—will be available after the film to answer students’ questions about making science documentaries, modeling dinosaurs and other related topics.
Prof. David Hajdu [DavidHajdu.com], who teaches arts journalism at the school and is a prolific author, was a guest at Google HQ, for one of their Google Talks events. You can watch the 48-minute video below or at this link.
You can also listen to a web radio interview we did with Prof. Hajdu on April 23, 2008 below or at this link.
It’s an alumni documentary up for the Tribeca Film Festival’s “Best World Documentary Feature” award.
What: “Baghdad High” Screening with Directors Ivan O’Mahoney and Laura Winter When: Thursday, May 1 Time: 4:00 p.m. Where: Stabile Student Center, Columbia Journalism School, 2950 Broadway (at 116th Broadway), New York City
“Baghdad High,” directed by Ivan O’Mahoney ‘00 and Laura Winter ‘96, is up for the Tribeca Film Festival’s Best World Documentary Feature this year. Four classmates (Kurd, Christian, Shiite, and Sunni/Shiite) in Baghdad were given cameras to document their last year in high school, resulting in a rare firsthand view of what it’s like growing up where
sectarian violence rages right outside the classroom window. Variety wrote that “the small, quotidian realities of living in a foreign-occupied, divided city are brought coolly but poignantly to life” in the film. It will screen April 29-May 3 at the Tribeca Film Festival.
WARNING: You’ll find this old film alternatively fascinating, exciting, sad, sexist and more. See what was suggested for women at 5:18.
Am trying to track down its provenance. I see it’s from “Your Life & Work” series, based on a manuscript by Arthur P. Twogood, associate professor, vocational education, Iowa State College.
See updated info below from the J-school’s own resident journalism historian, Prof. Andie Tucher:
The film is available at the Library of Congress in the Prelinger collection — a bizarre and wonderful resource for years’ worth of industrials, educational films, public-service announcements, and other “ephemeral” moving images — that was privately held in NY for years (and beloved by documentary makers) before it was donated to the Library. This film was made in 1940 as part of an educational series on vocations and professions.
Hassan M. Fattah, NYT Middle East correspondent based in Dubai, talks to Columbia J-school Students. He graduated from the school in May 2000. This is just one minute from a 45-minute talk he gave on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007. In the background, you see two of the things that he says are critical for all foreign correspondents to have at all times: a pencil (not a pen, a pencil) and a Nokia phone (in other countries, you can always find someone nearby who has a Nokia charger). Hassan’s bio is below.
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ABOUT HASSAN FATTAH
Hassan M. Fattah is the Middle East Correspondent for the New York Times,
based in Dubai. He is responsible for covering the entire region outside
Iraq and Israel/Palestine.
In 2003, he co-founded Iraq Today, an English-language weekly newspaper
written and edited by Iraqis, turning the venture into an internationally
recognized publication before its closure a year later due to security
concerns. In 2004, Mr. Fattah helped found Aswat Al Iraq, Iraq.s first
independent, non-governmental news exchange, funded by the United Nations
and focused on developing a new generation of Iraqi journalists.
He has served as a correspondent for Time, and at various times has been a
regular contributor to the Economist, Prospect Magazine and the New
Republic, among other international publications.
Born in Beirut Lebanon to Iraqi parents, Mr. Fattah was raised between
Lebanon, Jordan and the U.S. He holds a B.S. in Engineering from the
University of California at Berkeley and a Masters in Science from the
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
I will occasionally post to this blog useful video clips I find across the Internet. One place to find good clips is VideoJug.com, which covers lots of useful aspects of life, including technology & gadgets, where I found this item on shortscuts for Word (the link has additional information).
Come see one of this year’s Oscar-winning documentaries and hear from filmmaker Tom Lennon about the innovative way the film was funded and produced.
Monday, April 23, 7-8:30 p.m.
“The Blood of Yingzhou District,” winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary-Short Subject, will be screened on Monday, April 23rd from 7-8:30 p.m. on the third floor of Columbia’s Journalism School, in the Lecture Hall (2950 Broadway, #1 train to 116th St).
The film, a powerful portrayal of children in China’s Anhui province who have lost their parents to AIDS, is 40 minutes long. Adjunct Professor Betsy West will lead a discussion with the producer of “The Blood of Yingzhou District,” Tom Lennon, about the film and about the China AIDS Media project, the non-profit organization he co-founded with director Ruby Yang.
Columbia Graduate School of Journalism’s 2006 international students prepared a 6-minute video for the incoming international students in the Class of 2007. There’s plenty of useful stuff for our American students as well. [That’s Heamakarn Sricharatchanya from Bangkok, Thailand, in the freeze frame below.]
Many thanks to Prof. Josh Friedman, director of the International Program; student producers Dan Fishel (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Scott Willyerd; student photographers Rebecca Castillo and Kathryn Maier; and all the international students in the Class of 2006.
When you play the video below, you will need to let about 20 seconds pass, as the first pictures don’t start until then.