Archive for April, 2015

The Beacon Celebrates Its 80th Birthday

First issue of The Beacon, April 12, 1935

First issue of The Beacon, April 12, 1935

The Beacon observed its 80th birthday by publishing an historic overview by Maggie Hannon and a collection of brief essays by former staffers.


Oh, yes, there was also a cake. While much has changed at The Beacon over the years, one of the things you can still count on is the popularity of free food.


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Hannah Baade|The Beacon

Hannah Baade|The Beacon

A Beacon photograph taken at the Inauguration of UP President Fr. Mark Poorman last September has won First Place for Breaking News Photography in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)  Mark of Excellence Awards regional competition.

Freshman photojournalist Hannah Baade took the photo titled “A Hug Between Presidents.” It shows Poorman hugging ASUP President John Julius Muwulya after Muwulya presented him with a watch as an inauguration gift.

As a First Place regional winner, the photo now advances to the national SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards competition. National winners will be announced at the SPJ Excellence in Journalism conference in Orlando September 18-20.

The competition featured entries from collegiate newspapers in five western states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

The following Beacon entries were regional finalists:

For In-Depth Reporting, “Are we pushing forward or rolling backward?” by Lydia Laythe¬† (Kelsey Thomas, editor-in-chief)


For Photo Illustration – “It’s Your $85” by Rebekah Markillie and Maggie Hannon (Kelsey Thomas, editor-in-chief)


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When you spend a long weekend in New York City you are bound to learn something. This time it was all about photography and the media. Here’s some of the good tips and tricks that I learned.


Faces are number one.

The very first thing people look at in photos are faces. If there’s a face in a photo you can practically guarantee that’s going to be the first thing that gets looked at. So keep your faces in focus! Eyes are the best thing to look at when making sure it’s good to go.

Emotions make the photo.

Photos that show emotion are guaranteed to hold people’s attention longer. Emotions make the photo more interesting to look at and can leave people with questions and hunger for more. Compare the two photos below that I shot while in Central Park! Practically the only difference is his face, but the one with his tongue out is a lot more fun to look at, huh?

DSC_1293 DSC_1297


Subtitles define the photo.

Subtitles can make a photo, but they can’t break them. So have some fun with your subtitles- make a pun! As long as it’s appropriate, it can keep people looking for just a little bit longer.

It’s not that it’s rare, somebody just decided to see it.

Just because you see something every day doesn’t mean that it will make a bad photo. Try new angles, zoom in more, zoom out more, change your depth of field. Some of the best photos come from things you see every day, its just from a different point of view. Find a way to look at that situation that will make someone say “Oh, I never thought about that before!” This is a photo another photo I took while wandering through Central Park.


Now look what happens when I take the same photo, but I zoom it in a bit.


Little touches like this can make a photo just that much better. Try messing around with it, you’ll be surprised.

A couple last tips:

  • Shoot in RAW, it stores more data and makes editing easier.
  • Underexposed is better than overexposed. You lose more data when things are too bright in the photo, but when it’s darker it still keeps some of the information. You can always brighten the photo in photoshop later.

-David DiLoreto

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Spending time in the Big Apple was a lot of fun but it wasn’t all just sight-seeing and relaxing. The CMA conference had many cool opportunities to learn about the best methods and uses for photography both in print journalism and multimedia journalism.

Here are some of the highlights and take-aways from the sessions that I sat in on;

-RAW, if your camera has a RAW setting and you’re working for a professional news organization, then you should prob be shooting in this format. Mainly because you can’t edit RAW images, so they’re great for legal issues about changing. Although if you’re not shooting something that might require legally accurate pics, then its not a big deal. RAW files take up a crap ton of memory on your CF or SD card.


-Quick Upload, the time of the news schedule is done, as soon as something becomes news, its online, so as soon as you have your pics ready, you should caption them and upload them. Thats why cameras with wifi capabilities can be extremely helpful

Those were the main two takaways, quality and speed, thats what the news is shifting towards.

The other interesting things i learned about to compliment Multimedia include Parallax, which involve manipulating a picture in 3 dimensions. The second was time lapses, speeding up a series of photos to show the passing of time. And finally it was 2-3 minute videos you can create using an iPad mini just for like a preview of a story so you can upload it online in order to get ahead and be quicker with the news flow.

Those are some of the best takeaways I got from the CMA2015 conference.

-Parker Shoaff

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