Mark on January 2nd, 2010

The next semester starts in a couple of days, and with it the first class of what is essentially a course that introduces first year students to multimedia journalism tools and skills. To prepare, I’ve been drafting a list of principles to guide the course (and students). So far, I have this: 1. The ability […]

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Mark on December 23rd, 2009

I’ve spent the day working my way through the introductory tutorial to Flash Catalyst and then using what I learned to create a very small photo piece, which you’ll find here. (I had to link to the file, because I made it too big to be embedded. Go ahead and look; I trust you to […]

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Mark on December 21st, 2009

Over the next little while — or perhaps long while — I’ll be adding some tutorials on a variety of multimedia topics to this site. I’m using WordPress pages for these, so they may not show up in RSS feeds. I’ve just finished the first one — a piece on using Google spreadsheets and the […]

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Mark on December 5th, 2009

As one semester dwindles and another looms, I need to tap into the broader intelligence. Specifically, I’m looking for feedback from journalists, teachers of multimedia and anyone else on content for a first-year news production course I teach each spring semester. The course started out years ago as 15 weeks of learning newspaper design, Quark, […]

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Mark on September 7th, 2009

Charlie Smith, who used to teach with us at Kwantlen before he was named editor of The Georgia Straight and made too busy to teach, had the best advice I’ve ever heard for student success. Charlie’s three simple rules for students were: show up, pay attention and do the work. Do those three, he’d tell […]

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Mark on May 20th, 2008

A little slideshow from a weekend Croatian festival held in Coquitlam, a suburb of Vancouver. Shot using the Canon SX100IS wide-screen mode; audio recorded on a Zoom H-4.

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Mark on May 4th, 2008

DesiFest was a 10-hour extravaganza of south Asian singing and dancing, with hip-hop, singer-songwriters and infectious bhangra and Bollywood numbers, held yesterday here in Vancouver. The above captures highlights from about an hour of entertainment: it still needs a few tweaks, which I may get a chance to make later today, and I didn’t work […]

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Mark on April 2nd, 2008

How much has photojournalism changed? Here’s a preliminary list of the speakers and subjects for Photojournalism 2008 being held here in Vancouver April 18, 19 & 20 and hosted by the News Photographers Association of Canada. Luis Sinco / L.A Times – “Long-term multimedia projects” Rich Beckman / University of North Carolina – “Developing a […]

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Mark on April 1st, 2008

The first few multimedia stories by members of my News Production class are online, and there’s more to come, at

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Mark on March 23rd, 2008

The Globe & Mail continues to do some of the best in-depth multimedia reporting around. The latest is Talking to the Taliban, a multi-part series by reporter Graeme Smith and the Globe docs team, based on videotaped interviews, carried out by a researcher, with Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. The introduction and first chapter are up […]

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