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Schuneman Symposium looks into Mashable Media Models

Annual symposium looks into alternative media of all types


The third annual Schuneman Symposium on Photojournalism and New Media will bring nationally renowned experts to Ohio University’s Athens campus to discuss alternative media and business models, April 5-6. All events are free and open to the public.

This year's theme is "Mashable Media Models: Recipes for Success in an Uncertain World."

The event has expanded its repertoire, as well as its length. This year’s symposium features a day and a half full of movies, panels and lectures from professionals across written and visual journalism. 

“This year we have really ramped up the visual component,” said Robert Stewart, director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. “There’s going to be something for everyone.”

Grover Sanschagrin, founder of PhotoShelter and SportsShooter and School of Visual Communications alumnus, will open the conference at 3:10 p.m. on April 5, in the Baker University Center Theatre.
Pulitzer Prize-winning alumnus John Kaplan will follow at 5:10 p.m. in the Baker University Center Theatre with a screening and discussion of his award-winning film, “Not as I Pictured.” 

“John Kaplan bridges the visual and written journalism fields,” said Stewart. “When he graduated, photojournalism was part of the journalism school. So, he holds a degree in journalism, but he is a visual storyteller.”

“Not as I Pictured” is a personal documentary that looks at Kaplan’s battle with cancer. He has eschewed traditional means of publicity and distribution and is working with the American Cancer Society to distribute the film and using social media to build publicity. A shortened version of his film showed last year at the Athens International Film and Video Festival.

The next day, alumnus Mike Webb of award-winning, independent nonprofit investigative newsroom ProPublica, will share his lecture “Are Nonprofit Newsrooms Moving into the Mainstream?” at 9:10 a.m. in the Baker University Center Theatre.

Later, Kaplan returns to sit on the panel “Rx: New Media/ New Medicine” at 10:10 a.m. in the Baker University Center Theatre.

The symposium has clearly “ramped up” its photojournalism aspect with the addition of photographer William Albert Allard, who is one of the few photographers of his generation whose entire professional body of work is in color. He has contributed to National Geographic Society Publications since 1964. A former contributor to Magnum Photos, Allard's prints appear in many private and museum collections, and he has published six critically acclaimed books. He will speak from 2:10-3:30 p.m. in the Baker Center Theatre on April 6.

Seven young Scripps College alumni will return to the Athens campus to share their experiences in the panel, “Redesigning Your Reality,” at 3:30, April 6, in the Baker University Center Theatre.

“Our closing speaker is Robert McChesney,” said Stewart. “He has forged a career as an academic and as a media critic and scholar who studies how to make the media more democratic. He will give a critical look at how the media business model is a failure to journalists.”

McChesney is the founder of the media reform organization Free Press*. He has written or edited 18 books, hosts the weekly NPR program “Media Matters,” and is currently the Gutgsell Endowed Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He will speak from 5:10-6 p.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom on April 6.

Following McChesney’s lecture there will be a reception in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

“Smith Schuneman, [one of the event’s principle sponsors], is interested in visual matters and in ideas about it. It was his goal to create a place for all to get information on great work,” explained Stewart.

The symposium is presented through a partnership with R. Smith Schuneman, Patricia Schuneman and the E. W. Scripps School of Journalism. For more information, visit scrippsjschool.org/2011.php.

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