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Announcing the Launch of “Being Asheville,” from CPJW 2009

We’re proud to announce the launch of Being Asheville: Unearthing the Spirit of Western Carolina. This collection of videos and audio slideshows is the fruit of the most recent installment of the Carolina Photojournalism Workshop. During CPJW, which was founded in 2004, we put together a big group of multimedia students and head off for a different part of our state to produce a documentary Web site in a week. This year, we hunkered down in a few cabins at the Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain and began working on a series of stories that captured at least the essence of the Asheville.

Tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a city of wonderful contradiction; it’s a place where wilderness gives way to urbanity and tradition and folkways give way to well… a healthy dose of the weird. In short, Asheville is just a unique and utterly awesome place.

This year we also had the privilege of producing a few day stories for the Charlotte Observer in conjunction with their multimedia package commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A special thanks to Observer PJ John Simmons and DP Bert Fox for arranging this unique opportunity. See the stories.

As always a great thanks goes out to all the coaches and their respective newspapers for their help in producing these stories. And most importantly thanks to all the individuals and families who shared their lives with us for a week. We can’t wait to get back to the mountains.

Watch Being Asheville.

UNC Journalism Students Launch “Living Galapagos”

We’re pleased to announce the release of “Living Galapagos,” a collection of student-produced multimedia stories about life in the Galapagos Islands.

For all of the attention that Charles Darwin brought to the Galápagos Islands, most people know surprisingly little about them. Since Darwin’s writings 200 years ago, the people of Galápagos – both residents and tourists – have fundamentally changed the natural habitat of the formerly pristine archipelago.

The site’s debut follows a month-long foreign reporting assignment in which 21 journalism students, one faculty member, and four professional journalists traveled to this unique ecosystem in summer 2009 to explore the impact that humans have had on the formerly pristine archipelago. They witnessed conservation, natural beauty and a welcoming culture. They also saw a host of environmental and cultural issues that leave the Galápagos Islands at a tipping point.

The students, guided by the faculty and professionals, used photos, audio, video, 360º panoramic photos, information graphics and design to examine the various environmental and cultural issues that have arisen in the Galapagos. The stories include themes ranging from invasive species and illegal fishing to surfing and the tourism industry. The stories of the people and their islands make up Living Galápagos, a documentary multimedia project that examines the battle for balance between man and nature.

We welcome you to view these stories and more at

There will be a screening of the work on Wednesday, October 14 at 5:30pm at the UNC-Chapel Hill FedEx Global Education Center. Hope to see everyone there.

Looking Back: Special Olympics Live from Boise, Idaho

The Special Olympics World Winter Games marked the largest international sporting and humanitarian event of the year, with more than 2,000 athletes from almost 100 countries. But, unlike other sporting events of this magnitude, you cannot tune in from home. Major media outlets, especially overseas, just don’t have the budgets to cover the World Games. It’s a shame because the drama, passion and competitive spirit on display at the Special Olympics are unrivaled.

In 2007, former UNC professor and current Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami Rich Beckman spearheaded the one of the largest multimedia projects of any kind with his coverage of the 2007 World Games in China. For the 2009 site, Beckman led a wonderful team of student journalists from UNC and Miami. Coaches include New York Times’ Nancy Donaldson, Open Society Institutes’ Pam Chen, multimedia guru Mike Schmidt, Jim Virga from the University of Miami and our own Pat Davison.

This year’s site was equally ambitious, including several daily features such as documentaries (mind-boggling but yes somehow 6-7 documentaries were produced every day), a 10-minute webcast narrated by public radio veteran Nick Vidinsky, photos of the day and video highlights from each event. Perhaps most impressive and most important to the mission of the project, every single athlete has a homepage with photos and video from their time at the Games.

Please check out Special Olympics Live, if for no other reason than to get to know a little bit more about some really fantastic athletes. Learn more about the Special Olympics and ways to involved with the Games at

Preview: Cape Fear to Down Here, CPJW’08 at Ocean Isle Beach

This year’s Carolina Photojournalism Workshop site isn’t quite cooked all the way but it’s really, really close. Click here to view a map with story previews from this year’s site. In producing this year’s mix of stories, we kept a slightly tighter radius than last year’s Smoky Mountain Stories. But, as you can see from the map, we had students working on assignments as far north as Wilmington and we even encroached into South Carolina for the first time in workshop history. Enjoy the previews and expect an official release very shortly.

Google Maps API by Chris Carmichael
Inspired by Kelly Marks excellent Franklin Street Stories

Best of Carolina Photojournalism 2007-2008: 37th Frame Exhibit to Open April 9th

Please come join us for the opening of this year’s 37th Frame, our annual student-run photo contest. Earlier this year a panel of professional journalists reviewed more than 500 submissions, from which they selected 50 images and 5 photo stories that represent the best of 2007-2008. As always, the exhibition features a diverse group of images, which bear witness to experiences across the globe.

  • When: Opening Reception April 9th from 6-8 p.m. The exhibit will run until May 12th.
  • Where: Carroll Hall, garden level, Univerisity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Free food: Yes.

Click here to view the winners.

Don’t forget that our annual juried photo exhibit will be opening on April 9 at 6 p.m. at Carroll Hall. However, if you cannot make it to the show be sure to check it out online with our flickr group. Photos will be posted the night of the opening. Click here to join the group.

Note: In order to make comments you will first need to set up a flickr account if haven’t already done so.

photo by Galen Clarke