Monday, November 02, 2009

Survival Guide named a Harvard Crimson favorite

Fifteen Minutes, the Harvard Crimson's weekend magazine, has listed The Student Newspaper Survival Guide, as one of 15 books in its collection.

The Student Newspaper Survival Guide find itself in the company of such classics as The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White; The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger and Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment by Anthony Lewis. And the survival guide places just one position below Kama Sutra: Sexual Positions for Him and for Her by Anne Hooper.

The Student Newspaper Survival Guide
is honored to be in such esteemed company.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Study multimedia journalism in Italy or France

Do you dream about being a foreign correspondent? Would you like to learn "backpack" (multimedia) journalism skills in Europe for college credit?

San Francisco State University and the Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia), are co-sponsoring 4-week intensive summer sessions in Italy and France in the summer of 2010.

The programs are open to college students and recent graduates from all schools.

* Urbino, Italy (June 3-July 2, 2010) This picturesque Renaissance hill town is the capital of the Marche region, a beautiful but little-touristed region of Central Italy. The city's impressive Ducal Palace houses one of the most important collections of Renaissance paintings in the world. Students study digital video, photography, blogging and reporting (as well as intercultural communication and Italian language) and produce an online documentary about the town (see last year’s project at Students will live and dine (most meals included) in a University of Urbino dormitory.

* Perpignan, France (June 24-July 23, 2010) Perpignan lies in the Languedoc region of southwestern France, 8 miles west of the Mediterranean Sea and 19 miles north of the Spanish border, within sight of the Pyrenees. The city features a charming, pedestrian-friendly historic quarter; a daily market; and lively night life. Many attractions in France and Spain are only a short train ride away. Students will share studios in a modern apartment-hotel and take French and multimedia classes at the ALFMED language school in the heart of the old city. This program puts a particular emphasis on video storytelling; students will produce an online video gallery about the city.

Students can earn 3 transferable units of upper-division undergraduate credit (JOUR 677 Multimedia Study Abroad) through the San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning.

Program cost: $4,900 plus airfare

Early-bird rate (for students who apply by Jan. 15, 2010): $4,700

For more information about the Urbino program, email; to learn more about Perpignan, email Go to and to see past ieiMedia student projects.

Applications will be available on the ieiMedia Web site beginning Nov. 1.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Look up AP Style on your iPhone

Ever wish you could look up Associated Press style for "district attorney" (lowercase unless it's used as a title in front of a name) or "Green Revolution" (uppercase) when you're away from your trusty stylebook?

Now you can. The Associated Press has just launched an AP Style app for the iPhone and iPod touch.

The 2009 AP Stylebook app is available for $28.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at That's about $10 more than the print version. (AP members and college students can get the spiral bound edition for $11.75). It’s also slightly more than the $25 annual online subscription to the Stylebook.

Is it worth it? Check it out and tell me by leaving a comment here.

You can read more about the new app at