Forging Family Against the Odds

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Rebecca and her husband, Randal, always knew they wanted to be a foster family, even with three birth children of their own. Two weeks after becoming certified as foster parents in November 2005, they had two children placed in their home. They decided to adopt the children and have since, adopted a third child. “All three of our adopted children are from horrible home lives, addiction, abuse, and everything that you could probably imagine, they’ve had in their little lives,” Rebecca said. Though they cannot foster or adopt any more children because of state laws, but hope to encourage others to adopt and provide children in need with a forever family.

Video by Jessey Dearing

Stings Target Prostitution in Durham Neighborhood

The Bull’s Eye, an area that consists of two-square miles in East Durham, is responsible for 20 percent of the city’s crime. While the predominant crimes in the area are robbery and aggravated assault, the Durham Police Department also focuses on controlling the less conspicuous crime of prostitution. As many women in the area are driven to prostitution by their addiction to crack cocaine, there are an abundance of other issues that mire women in the ongoing cycle of prostitution and addiction. Carolina Photojournalism’s Arkasha Stevenson recently rode along with DPD to document what happens when the sun goes down on the Bull’s Eye.

Video by Arkasha Stevenson

PhotoNight LVI with Brian Storm of MediaStorm

Brian Storm, president of MediaStorm, a multimedia production studio based in New York City will be the speaker for PhotoNight on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carroll Hall auditorium (room 111). (Note that this is a departure from our normal schedule, which is to hold PhotoNight on the last Tuesday of the month.)

Prior to launching MediaStorm in 2005, Storm spent two years as vice president of News, Multimedia & Assignment Services for Corbis, a digital media agency founded and owned by Bill Gates. Storm led Corbis’ global strategy for the news, sports, entertainment and historical collections. He directed the development of Corbis’ production tools and the representation of world-class photographers for assignment work with a focus on creating in-depth multimedia products.

From 1995 to 2002 Storm was director of multimedia at, a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC News, where he was responsible for the audio, photography and video elements of the site. Storm created The Week in Pictures and Picture Stories to showcase visual journalism in new media.

Storm serves on the advisory board for The Council on Foreign Relations, The Eddie Adams Workshop, The Alexia Foundation, and Brooks Institute’s Journalism School. He has judged both the University of Missouri’s Pictures of the Year and the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism contests.

Storm received his master’s degree in photojournalism in 1995 from the University of Missouri where he ran the School of Journalism’s New Media Lab, taught Electronic Photojournalism and produced CD-ROMs for the Pictures of the Year competition and the Missouri Photo Workshop.

Now Accepting Applications for CPJW 2010

From Jesus, Thunder and Iron

The Carolina Photojournalism Workshop (CPJW) is an intensive, on-location multimedia project in which students complete a multimedia project in one week. Students will produce a cutting-edge multimedia website documenting life in and around Little Switzerland, N.C. This is simply one of the most intense, most valuable learning experiences in the Viscom program. Expect to create an exceptional portfolio piece. Admission to this 10-day 3-credit course is by permission of instructor. To apply, complete the attached application and turn it in to Pat Davison by March 1. Hard copy applications are also available in the Viscom Suite.


Photo by Andrew Dye from Jesus, Thunder and Iron during CPJW 2009 “Being Asheville”

PhotoNight LV with Travis Dove

Travis Dove is a freelance photographer based out of North Carolina. In recent years his work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International, World Press Photo, the National Press Photographers Association, and the White House News Photographers Association, among others. While working toward a master’s degree in photography at Ohio University School of Visual Communication, Travis was named the 2007 College Photographer of the Year and awarded a prestigious one-year photo internship with National Geographic Magazine. Travis has worked for several American newspapers including The Boston Globe and The Charlotte Observer and his work has appeared in large and small publications across the globe. Recent clients include National Geographic Magazine, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times.

  • When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday January 26, 2010
  • Where: Carroll Hall Room 33 (Lower Level, UNC School of Journalism)
  • Free Food: Some.
  • Doors open at 7:00. See you there.

Photo by Travis Dove from Skate Rats!!