All the President’s Men

Watergate.  A place some have heard of.  It was broken into by five armed robbers in the ‘60s.  The men were arrested and two reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post, were assigned to the case.  The men worked on it because they knew there was more to it than just an attempted robbery.  Woodward and Bernstein went to the houses of those who worked in the White House and tried to get some information on what was going on.  Sadly, most wouldn’t discuss it. Continue reading “All the President’s Men”

How Can the Hope and Justice Project Help You?

Bjorn Bartlett, Kathryn Murphy and Heidi Dockery working the Criminal Justice Club Table at lunch on University Day, hoping for college students to come and take their survey

The CRJ/SOC 358: Domestic Violence class put on an educational presentation on the Hope and Justice Project and their work for the organization. Instructor Lisa Leduc started off the presentation by informing the audience on what service learning is, a requirement for the criminal justice program. Continue reading “How Can the Hope and Justice Project Help You?”

Breaking Boards

Pat Karpen reads her piece, Breaking Boards.

A hushed crowd listens as Pat Karpen reads through the literary nonfiction story she’s been writing since the new year.  With her classmates, the group shares stories from their lives, emotionally telling stories that allow viewers to connect with the authors on a personal level.  “Literary nonfiction uses the tools and techniques from fiction and poetry to create stories,” Deborah Hodgkins, the group’s teacher and mentor, said. Continue reading “Breaking Boards”

New Rules on Smoking Required?

On June 1,  2013, the University of Maine of Presque Isle started its new smoking policy, which effectively made the campus into a tobacco-free school, prohibiting the use of any tobacco or non-FDA-approved nicotine products, including smokeless tobacco and electronic nicotine cigarettes (e-cigarettes). The policy applies to all full-time/part-time employees, faculty, students, contractors, vendors and visitors. But how does the policy work against the rise of Juul and other vape products? Professor Allen Salo and his assistant Kelly McNary may have the answers. Continue reading “New Rules on Smoking Required?”

Pulitzer Winning Photos Are Interactive to the Mind

Where would the world be without photos? Movies wouldn’t be around. History and journalism are now more visual media than ever. Journalists use photos in television, the web and newspapers. People are drawn to imagery, no pun intended. Pulitzer Prize winning photos are the ones that you can sense. They are the photos in which you can smell, see, hear, touch and taste what is within the photo. They break your empathy and make you show emotions. They make you feel like a part of history by seeing them. That is a Pulitzer Prize winning photo. Photojournalists are responsible for capturing these photos and transporting them into people’s minds. Continue reading “Pulitzer Winning Photos Are Interactive to the Mind”

A Glimpse of Life: Words Painting a Picture

Photojournalism is a more than snapping pictures on your smartphone and editing them on some Photoshop app. Not only do people have to be up to date with current events going on around the globe, but they must be willing to make sacrifices. Capturing the perfect shot can be difficult.  Photojournalists may find themselves face-to-face with gut-wrenching sights. Continue reading “A Glimpse of Life: Words Painting a Picture”

A Moment in Time

“Everything has a story about it.  You just have to be able to see it” Pulitzer Prize winner, Jerry Gay, says. How right he is. Since the invention of the camera, photographs have helped humanity capture moments in time–for all of time. Unlike people, not all moments are created equal. Some pictures can speak to us: they can show us powerful moments in human history. Most often, this is a moment that is “a front seat to history” as Pulitzer Prize photojournalist John White puts it. Continue reading “A Moment in Time”

Photos That Stood Out

Who hasn’t taken a picture?  Most everyone has some form of social media and has taken a photo and posted it and has received praise for how good it looked that day.  Well, for photojournalists, that isn’t always the case.  They may post pictures on the web and show a story they covered and receive praise for it.  But they have to sometimes go to some of the worst natural disasters and get photos of them.  “You rage inside at the helplessness.  To try to deal with it, you seek out elements of humanity and courage.”—Carol Guzy.  Continue reading “Photos That Stood Out”

Looking Through Photos in the Dark

Babe Ruth stands about 10 feet in front of home plate, slightly toward third base.  Yankee Stadium is full and on its feet.  The 1949 Yankees line the first base line, hats off, listening to Babe speak.  There is no color but it is a sunny day.  He leans to his right on a baseball bat while speaking to the crowd.  His back is visible, and his number three is the focal point of the piece.  Banners and American flags wave above the third deck, as the Sultan of Swat says goodbye.  This photo won the 1949 Pulitzer prize.  Every person in attendance got, as John White said, “a front seat to history.”  Nat Fein captured it forever. Continue reading “Looking Through Photos in the Dark”