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Thursday, March 25, 2010

This journalism bug bites hard

Novelist John Grisham speaks Wednesday at an event sponsored by the Innocence Institute of Point Park University, Pittsburgh. (Camelia Montoy photo)

PITTSBURGH – An assistant professor at Point Park University came up with an interesting assignment using social media before a famous novelist visited his campus Wednesday.

Christopher Rolinson, who teaches photojournalism at the Pittsburgh school, offered to pay for the first three students who responded to his Facebook invitation to attend a swanky affair with novelist John Grisham.

As soon as a few students chimed in, he assigned the winners to “get a picture published from the event.”

“Where do you want it published?” one of the students inquired in a subsequent post.

“That’s your job to figure out,” Rolinson replied on the Web chain.

So I sent him an email, offering this blog as a place for his students to find an outlet to get a photo published.

Camelia Montoy quickly took the bait, even though this blog doesn’t have the money to pay for submissions. That’s how fast this blogging, Facebooking, Twittering and Digging works these days.

Her photograph arrived today, the afternoon after the lawyer/author best known for his legal thrillers attended the event to help raise money for the university’s Innocence Institute.

The shot, above, is great. I especially like Montoy’s use of positive and negative spaces, and the crop she has chosen. The freshman from Waynesboro, Pa., certainly is a motivated student photographer.

“I've never really been part of the media before. It was awesome!” she said after the experience.

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