Monthly Archive for October, 2009

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.

PhotoNight LIII Featuring Tom Kennedy Thursday, Oct. 15

We are very pleased to announce that Tom Kennedy will be our guest for PhotoNight LIII, to be held Thursday, Oct. 15 from 7:30-9:00p.m. in Carroll Hall, room 33. Please note that due to Tom’s availability, this is a departure from our usual schedule. But it will be well worth it!

Tom Kennedy is an internationally-known visual journalist with extensive experience in print and online journalism, including positions as Managing Editor for Multimedia at The Washington Post and Director of Photography for the National Geographic Magazine.

He has created, directed, and edited visual journalism projects that have earned Pulitzer Prizes, as well as EMMY, Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow awards.

“Tom Kennedy is a visionary and true pioneer of multimedia storytelling. His work is an inspiration to the profession and his commitment to the craft  of visual journalism is unrivaled.” — Brian Storm, President & Founder, MediaStorm.

Join us to hear one of the truly great thinkers in our business.

PhotoNight is free and open to the public.