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Illustrator Rough Draft

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I’m not sure if you have ever been to a Buckle retail store, but my rough draft logo looks like something you’d see on the back of an $80 t-shirt from a company that off-shores from Taiwan. But that’s okay, it’s a rough draft. My inspiration for this logo came from the original Daily Evergreen phone app logo, which is a tree. And just a tree.That part was fairly easy as it is only three triangles stacked on top of another and then united together from pathfinder.

The design of this logo is fairly easy because I am still trying to get comfortable with Illustrator. Most of it is just star shapes with different point and a few rectangles. I found some of the vector symbols to be very useful as well. One thing I wanted to do though was bring a mesh of old and new which is why I used the font (the same I used for my Photoshop final) I did for banner text.

Something else I wanted to was include a shield like shape in the background to give a sort of coat-of-arms feel to the logo. This was inspired by some of the Cascadia (independence movement) logos I have seen in the past. My hope is to bring this before some of the editors at the Daily Evergreen to at least get a conversation started about improving the existing logo. If my luck pans out, I’ll be the one designing the new logo!

Collage Final

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Around the late hours of the afternoon, the Daily Evergreen editors begin the early preparations of putting together the next day’s paper. This can be anywhere from discussing the column margins, sports content, photo content/size, etc.

My earlier draft version, although not on here, did not feature the “DE” (for Daily Evergreen) . I wanted to include some traditional print news element in the and the Daily has a logo that has a similar match up but with a different font. The font itself I had to get from a website that offers many downloadable fonts for free.

I wanted to try and do something clever with my background for this collage; I didn’t want to go online and just find some stock photo or use one provided by the Daily. The font was probably the trickiest part of this project because I had to make it stand out in front of the background, which I ended up having to turn into a layer somehow. The font was pretty generic and solid black at first,  but I played around with ‘inner glow’ for bordering and added some shadowing.

I was going through some Daily’s I had picked up over the past couple weeks and found one that had just the right headline.With some positioning I got my “title” of this collage left-center. I took the photo with just my phone’s camera. The background was still pretty dull though because of the fluorescent light, I modified this with vibrance and hue/saturation.

The photos of the editing staff I took were in the Daily office and the lighting isn’t exactly ideal. I improved the photos by adjusting effects such as levels, exposure, vibrance and hue/saturation. I also added borders to all of them, they are pretty slim but I wanted to make them just big enough to stand out in the collage.

UK Media Struggling With Ethics, Should The US have a Watchdog?

media-ethicsAccording to a report that was put out this morning by the AP, Lord Justice Brian Leveson  submitted a 2,000-page report that was originally triggered over a year ago by the phone hacking scandal. In this report Leveson suggests that Britain needs a new independent media regulator, Leveson went on to further suggest that this new regulatory body should be established by law.

Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the idea for a new regulator to settle disputes, oder corrections and fines. But he believes that asking for legislative backing in law will mean “crossing the Rubicon of writing elements of press regulation into the law of the land.” Or in other words, controlling freedom of the press.

As of now, Britain has what is called the Press Complaints Commission, which is a voluntary regulatory body for newspapers and magazines with representatives of the major publishers. But the PCC has been heavily ridiculed in recent years especially during the phone hacking scandal. Politicians, such as Cameron, calling for it to be scraped and replaced with something new in place.

The article states that Leveson does insist in his report, that  politicians and the government should play no role in regulating the press, which should be done by a new body with much stronger powers than the current PCC.

“What is needed is a genuinely independent and effective system of self-regulation,” said Leveson.

But how exactly would this new system be independent if it is put in place by legislation? Wouldn’t government ultimately have the final say with the new system’s decisions?

“The ball moves back into the politicians’ court: they must now decide who guards the guardians,” he said.

The United States used to have a volunteer non-profit watchdog organization known as the National News Council that was started in 1973 but dissolved in 1984. A short life for this org. but it lacked support from certain outlets that probably could have kept it afloat such as The New York Times. Nowadays only Washington, Minnesota and Hawaii have state-level councils. The NNC had no legal power but rather worked off of publicity, bringing bias into public attention.

I have written in the past about media bias. And here in the states it is something that has been running rampant and even more so now with the digital age where information is constantly being shared. Sometimes it seems as if media outlets take advantage of the First Amendment, never having to really worry about government involvement. But unfortunately there is no national watchdog to call out NYT, FOX or CNN on their mishaps. Sure the internet is full of hot-headed bloggers such as myself that can try to spread the word, but to have national representation could more likely put these outlets back into their place. If the media can hold everyone else accountable, who is going to hold the media itself accountable when they mess up?

Reforming Journalism From The Bottom, Up

It doesn’t take a genius to see that mass media is not the same today as it was 5 years ago or will be 5 years from now. A blend of social, economic and technological (especially) changes have practically made all classic business models for journalism obsolete. News is now more easily accessible online and on mobile smart-phones. This in turn has hurt local and major newspapers alike. And this accessibility has created an immense hunger for information that does not seem to let up. Because of this hunger, news is expected to be constantly updated. Every second of every minute of every hour is a deadline and journalists are held to that. Newspapers and other mass media mediums have been hit hard with the economic, social and technological changes of recent times. This has led to staff cuts and smaller budgets. It has also led to some newspapers to go bankrupt and stop completely. The Seattle P-I ceased publication back in 2009 and is now an online publication.

Journalists today are not necessarily dedicated writers or photographers, but do a little bit of everything. What I mean is that journalists today are writing, taking photos and shooting video as well as managing websites and even social networking accounts. This has been a pretty big undertaking for some, especially the veteran journalists who are still used to the old ways. Even broadcast news networks are having trouble adjusting. Russ Walker, Managing Editor for KING5 online, had mentioned to a few associates and I that younger people like having their news in smaller packages, such as short news clips. Walker believes that there should be more emphasis with online presence at KING5. Walker also mentioned though, that headquarters back in Texas are reluctant to invest more resources into making the online edition more of a priority. Some of the older crowd at KING5 have become acquainted with social media tools such as twitter to be more engaged with the community.

But some companies have slowly started adapting to this new era. The New York Times company implemented a pay wall back in March 2011. It was expected back then that the company could pull in $100 million in revenue. But what is really great with what they have done with this idea is that given the circumstances, the paywall is brought down; the most recent being this years presidential election and hurricane sandy.

With all these changes and struggles in the field of journalism as well as the evolving business models, where does reform start?

At the bottom, with colleges and universities.

This topic itself has become a cliché, yet at the same time, it conveys an urgency that educators need to get on the ball with changing the curriculum.

The Olympian did a “summer speaker series” with professionals in the journalism field. Below is an interview  with David Boardman, the Executive Editor from The Seattle Times. One of the things he talks about is keeping up with today’s technology.