OU students frenzy for Mini Farmers’ Market

The Ohio University Graduate Student Senate and Office of Sustainability hosted its second Mini Farmers’ Market at Howard Park on Friday from 11 a.m. to one p.m.

OU students, faculty and community members visited the open-air market where they could buy locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as locally produced baked goods, snacks and crafts.

Tracy Kelly, Graduate Student Senate President and chairperson of the Center for Student Legal Services Board of Directors, organized the Mini Farmers’ Market.

The Graduate Student Senate wanted to support sustainability on campus and brainstormed the Mini Famers’ Market as a way to spread awareness about local foods, sustainability and healthy habits. In September, the organization hosted the first such market.

Although Kelly said that vendors thought September’s Mini Farmer’s Market was a success, the spring market had “more momentum.”

“The positive energy built, and the weather and change of location certainly helped,” Kelly said.

Kelly received an Earth Month sustainability grant to host this Mini Farmers’ Market. She hopes to continue hosting markets in the fall and spring. During the market, she offered visitors surveys to visitors to find ways to improve in the future.

All proceeds from the Mini Farmer’s Market directly benefitted vendors and supported “sustainable agriculture, local businesses and the ‘locovore’ movement here in our community,” according to the market’s Facebook event.

John Gillogly Orchard
A student picks out fruit at the Mini Farmers’ Market which the Ohio University Graduate Student Senate and Office of Sustainability hosted on Friday. Click to view a slideshow of the market.

Friday’s vendors included: the OU Office of sustainability, Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Herbal Sage Tea Company, Crumbs Bakery, Casa Nueva, Duff Farms, Grandma’s Rolling Pin, Sarah’s Sweets, Sassafras Farms and John Gillogly Orchard.

Many of those vendors, such as John Gillogly Orchard, regularly sell at the Athens Farmers’ Market and throughout the Athens Community. The orchard, which has produced fruit since the mid-19th century, grows cherries, nectarines, peaches, blackberries, plums and 20 varieties of apples and sells at the Worthington and Athens farmers’ markets

Ohio University student Josh Gillogly has worked on his family’s farm throughout his life and said that he thinks that efforts such as the mini farmers’ market are important “because local food is better than going to the supermarket. You’re supporting the local economy and getting fresher products.”

The Athens Farmers’ Market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from April to October at the Market on State mall parking lot. During the remaining months, shoppers can visit the market inside the Market on State mall on Saturdays.

Critique 4

The New York Times’ coverage of Anders Behring Breivik’s trial on April 18 included excellent multimedia and interactive elements. In addition to the standard elements (the toolbar of sharing options, main photo and tag within the article), the web page featured four multimedia elements and two options to learn about related topics.

The New York Times revived the first video from the archives. The video covers Breivik’s acquittal, specifically providing details about his manifesto. The video gave background information important to understanding Breivik’s political. It not only contained a voice over with footage from the trial, but also included photographs of the Labor Party summer camp and of Breivik’s propaganda to demonstrate his political beliefs.

Next, The New York Times provided audio and video as well as an interactive map of the summer camp at which Breivik killed 69 teens in July 2011. The fourth option was a multimedia tribute to those victims. (Note, The New York Time’s recently downsized cap of 10 articles per month prevented me from reviewing those sections.)

Because the article was found in the global section, the regular invitation to connect with The New York Times on Twitter instead suggested the global handle. The article also featured links to related stories as well as options to receive related email updates.

Overall, these elements united to not only expand readers’ understanding of the ongoing trial, but they provided important perspective on the overarching story of Breivik’s attack.

Miss Black Ohio pursues professionalism and passion at Ohio University

Like many of the students studying in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Kayla Hardimon is actively involved on the Ohio University campus. Her resume includes roles such as the Black Student Affairs Commissioner with the Student Senate, brother of Phi Sigma Pi honors fraternity, General Fee Advisory Committee member and LINKS peer advisor.

But, Hardimon’s involvement doesn’t stop there.

Hardimon not only studies news and information gathering in the journalism school, she is also pursing her love for dance. Although she originally intended to double major in dance and journalism, Hardimon thought she was compromising her education with the workload and changed her dance major to a minor.

“But I couldn’t just let that one go all the way. Dance is my passion,” she said.

Hardimon began dancing as a young child, eventually choosing the activity over other sports with which she was involved. When selecting a college, her desire to pursue dance also influenced her decision.

“Dance is that time to kind of sweat it out to really work and do something that I can gauge how well I’m doing—how high are my jumps, how high is my leg—or whatever it is that I can gauge how what I’m doing off of. And dance gives me that push in the rest of my life,” said Hardimon.

Dance has been a catalyst for Hardimon. She said her growth from being the dancer in the back row to the one front and center parallels the growth in her confidence and attitude. Hardimon was crowned the 2011-2013 Miss Black Ohio, using dance as her talent. In August, Hardimon will compete to be Miss Black USA.

Although dance will remain important to Hardimon, it will not define her career path. She hopes to attend law school and eventually work as a state senator.

Critique 3

The New York Times remains among the most trusted news sources. A winner of 106 Pulitzer Prizes, the paper now performs as one of the leading online news sources.

Founded in 1851, The New York Times also has maintained an online presence since 1996. According to its website, the paper “is continuing to make the transition from an enterprise that operated primarily in print to one that is increasingly multiplatform in delivery and global in reach.”

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The New York Times homepage on Wednesday. Readers may chose from tabs to the top or to the left or they may scroll through the home page. (Photo Credit – Screen Shot)

Readers encounter a wealth of information upon visiting nytimes.com. The website automatically directs viewers to its global page, however readers have their choice of material from there. At the top of the page, they may choose among the “home page,” “today’s paper,” “video” and “most popular” sections. Along the left, they can choose to read by global region (such as Asia, Europe, or the Middle East ) or by topic (such as business, sports, or arts). The home page not only presents readers tabs to direct their experience, but also provides photos, links, headlines and ways to interact.

Although non-subscribers may only view 10 articles per month, The New York Times’ news and information is accessible through numerous Twitter handles—corresponding to newspaper sections—through numerous Facebook pages and through smart phone applications.

The website similarly formats all articles. A headline and photo sit near the top, similar to a printed article. Next to the first several paragraphs, readers encounter a toolbar, allowing them to share the story through social media or even print a hard copy. To the left of the article, The New York Times offers links to related articles, additional art and available multimedia. Such a layout allows for and encourages reader interaction.

The New Your Times Company owns The New York Times in addition to the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, NYTimes.com, BostonGlobe.comBoston.com and About.com, In 2011, the company earned $2.3 billion dollars in revenues.

Schuneman Symposium 2012: Laura Flanders inspires young journalists with new media possibilities

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Laura Flanders speaks at the Ohio University Schuneman Symposium on Wednesday. Flanders discussed the changes in media. (Photo Credit – Nicole H. Germano)

As part of the Schuneman Symposium, journalist, author and gritTV founder Laura Flanders spoke about the evolving media landscape on Wednesday afternoon.

Ironically, Flanders introduced her discussion of traditional and new media by reading a Mary Oliver poem from her smart phone – an epitome of the juxtaposition between old and the new.

In her discussion, “Seeing is Sharing: Breaking News vs. New Media,” Flanders spoke about her reasons for becoming a journalist, the changes occurring within the media and the possibilities for the future of the field.

Journalism appealed to Flanders because she said it allowed her to “cram as much life into a few decade period I could.” Inspired by the idea that at least two sides to every story exist, she has spent her career sharing such stories and traveling the world.

Ohio University junior studying broadcast journalism, Tanya Parker tweeted from the symposium that Flanders “sounds just like me! Reaffirms my desire to follow journalism!”

Parker attended the symposium not for class, but for the opportunity to meet the journalists presenting and to learn from them. Flanders work is similar to what Parker hopes to do.

“She was basically calling all the shots in her own career, travelling all over the world and living the new media dream. I loved everything she talked about and how excited she was about her own life, and it just made me want to jump into my journalistic career right away,” said Parker.

Throughout her career, Flanders has watched the consolidation and conglomeration of media. She said that the focus of journalism has changed from serving democracy to serving the bottom line.

Despite changes in journalism, the field today shares one important characteristic with journalism of the past: it delivers the public to each other. Although the ways people share new is evolving, sharing stories still lies at the heart of journalism.

The E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, with the support of alumni Smith and Pat Schuneman, hosted the annual Schuneman Sympoisum Tuesday and Wednesday. The event, “Impact: Words and Pictures that Matter,” brought photographer Paul Frusco (BFA ’57); two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Clarence Page (BSJ ’69); Civil Rights leader and Rainbow PUSH Coalition founder Rev. Jesse Jackson; and Flanders to the Ohio University Campus discuss how journalism has shaped social movements. All presentations were free and open to the public.

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Laura Flanders introduced the audience at the Schuneman Symposium to gritTV. Flanders founded gritTV in 2008. (Photo Credit – Nicole H. Germano)

Critique 2

Normally, The New York Times multimedia coverage impresses me with rich, well-developed packages. Yet, Laurie Goodstein’s “Catholic Bishops Urge Campaign for Religious Freedom” left me asking for more.

As usual, the article contained an interactive chunk, allowing readers to share the story across media. The interaction stopped there. The story presented neither video nor photos nor related articles. Although several links were included, they did not appear until the sixth paragraph.

I doubt many readers made it that far.

I understand that video and photos are not available for every story. Photos may not exist for breaking news, and video may not apply to all topics. But, art makes stories come alive. “Catholic Bishops Urge Campaign for Religious Freedom” was dead.

Goodstein covered the Roman Catholic Church’s petition to 2012 presidential candidates for religious freedom.

I find it very hard to believe that no related photos exist. Goodstein certainly didn’t break the story before a photographer could secure the photo. In fact, the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops asserted their request after “more than half a year” of controversy, drawn to light by the health reform act’s implications for the Church.

Somewhere exists a related photo. Perhaps one of the Roman Catholic bishops quoted in the article, or of the Catholic employees potentially affected by the stipulations in the health reform, or even of a major Catholic holiday (did one not just pass?). I’m disappointed The New York Times didn’t find it.

Critique 1

The ever-changing media landscape has continued to evolve as James Murdoch resigned as chairman of BSkyB, a British satellite broadcaster partly owned by the News Corporation.

An article published on April 3 explained Murdoch’s decision. In July 2011, scandal emerged about News Corporation-owned British newspaper’s investigating tactics. According to the article, Murdoch resigned to protect BSkyB from the allegations surrounding News Corporation.

The article proceeded to discuss Murdoch’s resignation, the effects on News Corporation, as well as the events leading to and potentially stemming from the resignation.

As readers scroll through reporter John F. Burns story, The New York Times compliments the story with interactive elements.  Immediately beneath the headline, a large photo introduces the story. Next to the opening paragraphs, readers have a toolbar allowing them to share the article through multiple media outlets including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

The New York Times gives readers several opportunities to comment on the article – in initial toolbar, further down the page and at the end of the article. About a day after publication, the article earned 93 comments.

To the left of the article, The New York Times invites readers to connect on Twitter and suggests related materials. Links within the article connect readers with related articles that provide important background material.

The story also includes a video, one I found relatively disappointing. The one minute and 40 second video contains a series of photographs with a narration and extensive quote voice over. Yet, in that short time, photographs were repeated. Rather than provide additional information, the video repeated information included in the report.