LJWorld.com weblogs Lawrence in the News
'Photojournalism in crisis'
¢ David D. Perlmutter, professor and associate dean at the KU School of Journalism, has written an essay on the status of photojournalism that appears on the [Editor & Publisher] magazine Web site.The Israeli-Hezbollah war has left many dead bodies, ruined towns, and wobbling politicians in its wake, but the media historian of the future may also count as one more victim the profession of photojournalism. In twenty years of researching and teaching about the art and trade and doing photo-documentary work, I have never witnessed or heard of such a wave of attacks on the people who take news pictures and on the basic premise that nonfiction news photo- and videography is possible.I'm not sure, however, if the craft I love is being murdered, committing suicide, or both.¢ A Kansas University professor's research was cited today in a [Fort Wayne News-Sentinel] about elder abuse."What sets up so many family situations of abuse is that the caregiver also is dependent in some way on the elder," wrote University of Kansas School of Medicine professor Dr. Daniel Swagerty in a journal article titled "Elder Mistreatment," published in May 1999 in the journal of the American Academy of Family Physicians.¢ KU School of Education professor Bruce Baker was mentioned in this [Honolulu Star-Bulletin] story about Hawaii keeping teachers._Impoverished areas such as Leeward Oahu typically have more difficulty retaining top teachers than affluent regions of the island, and recent data shows the students who might need top-quality teachers the most are less likely to get them.¢ Why are moths drawn to a flame? KU professor Rudolf Jander is among those who take a stab at that question in this Washington Post story, as posted on the [Houston Chronicle's Web site]._Rudolf Jander, a professor of animal behavior at the University of Kansas, has another possible explanation for the "moth to the flame" phenomenon.Nocturnal insects hide in dark crevices during the daytime," he said in an e-mail. "Dark places attract them during the day. But at night, to get out of the dark place, they have to find the exit, which, naturally, is the brightest place around. ... Insects at night, flying towards a light 'believe' they are escaping from a cave."¢ A KU graduate, Melissa Vossmer, has been named a finalist to be public works director in College Station, Texas, according to the [College Station Eagle].Vossmer earned a bachelor's degree in English from St. Mary of the Plains College in Dodge City, Kan., and a master's in public administration from the University of Kansas. She could not be reached for comment Friday._"I believe I would bring a wealth of leadership experience in addition to a very strong work ethic, a commitment to excellence and strong communication skills, which has helped me be a valued team member throughout my career," Vossmer wrote in her cover letter.¢ Lawrence Wrightsman, a KU psychology professor, was quoted in this [Kansas City Star] story about suspects who confess, only to reverse their decisions later. The story is tied to the JonBenet Ramsey case."Sometimes, they (suspects) just want to get out of an adverse situation," said Lawrence Wrightsman, a psychology professor at the University of Kansas. "They look for instant release and figure, 'Well, later on I'll somehow get out of this.'"¢ Former Eagle Bend golf pro Jim Kane was one of the "rank-and-file" PGA Championship golfers featured in this story in the [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]._When the PGA Championship began Thursday, there were 20 rank-and-file members of the PGA of America in the field. They included instructors, club professionals and directors of golf. One day they're trying to fix a slice or sell a sleeve of golf balls to a member, the next they're teeing it up with the best players in the world.¢ Sarah Graves, a Free State High School graduate, has been named a graduate assistant for the University of Delaware volleyball team, according to the [university's Web site].At Lawrence Free State High School, she started for three seasons and led the team to a second-place finish at the state championships in 1998 and a fourth-place finish in 1999.¢ Former KU basketball standout Mike Lee was mentioned in this [St. Louis Post-Dispatch] story about Harlem Globetrotters tryouts.Other notable players included former University of Connecticut forward Edmund Saunders, University of Missouri at Columbia guard Chris Horn, University of Missouri at St. Louis guard Jonathan Griffin and University of Kansas players Mike Lee and Bryant Nash.¢ A KU football coach and an athletic fund-raiser are mentioned in this retrospective on the 1986 Arizona State University football season, as featured on the [university's Web site]. Wichita State also gets a mention. : http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/columns/shoptalk_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003019475 : http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/newssentinel/living/15325556.htm : http://starbulletin.com/2006/08/21/news/story03.html : http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/4127657.html : http://www.theeagle.com/stories/081906/local_20060819001.php : http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/15310375.htm : http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/stories/0820pgaenterprise.html : http://www.udel.edu/PR/UDaily/2007/aug/vball081806.html : http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/metroeast/story/723D907412A914B7862571D000427028?OpenDocument : http://www.azcentral.com/sports/asu/articles/0820asu86rail0820.html