Pictures have a misson



I have always heard the Quote “A picture is worth a thousand words”, and never really known the meaning or origin of this saying.  However, after some research I have found many leads saying the quote is from an old Chinese proverb “A picture is worth ten thousand words”.  Fred Barnard wrote a story about this in The Yale Book of Quotations.  Read more of about this story here:



My thoughts on the quote “A picture is worth a thousand words” started during our Journalism 2150 lecture this week.  In class we learned about:

Picture quality





The five W’s

                (Who, what when where and why)


The rule of thirds

Image Image


                 Cool light vs. Warm Light

This was a very interesting lecture because these are all concepts I am still trying to understand for my own use.  Dr. Rice did a good job explaining these ideas; similar to some examples I found and posted above.  However, the concept I most enjoyed learning about was cool light vs. warm light.  I had never really thought about pictures in this angle before, and found it very interesting.  It never crossed my mind how much color affects the way an image in seen.  I.e.: blues and greens make a image seem so much more relaxed vs. reds, yellows and oranges.  I found an interesting article that goes more into depth on this idea.  Including sharing how color can show someone’s feelings or emotion, i.e. cold or sick.  To read more about this click here:



Lastly, in lecture we witnessed a girl having a seizure.  This unfourtante situation caused a lot of chaos and emotion in the classroom, including the parametics coming.  Although this situation was not a still image I believe it still represents the ideas Dr. Rice was speaking about during class.  To give you a better idea of what happens in a seizure, and an idea of the emotion I am talking about, read this:


John Kaplan- Extra Credit


Cancer might have struck his body, but nothing stopped his motivation to live life to the fullest. John Kaplan, Pulitzer prize winning photographer, showed a documentary of his journey through lymphoma cancer Monday, feb., 11th at 6 p.m. in Lee Hills Hall.  His film was only a small glimpse into the life he has lead since being diagnosed with cancer 5 years ago.  Before being diagnosed with Lymphoma Kaplan said he had never taken pictures of himself.  However, this quickly changed following his diagnosis. John’s story shows the light he had during a time of pure darkness.  Throughout the documentary you are able to see all the stages in Kaplan’s journey, both the good and bad.

Kaplan took many visual pictures to emphasize how he was feeling. He made the pictures illustrate if he was having a good or bad day.  Some examples include:

  • Putting his hands on his head
  • Bloody body parts and needles
  • Eyes closed and in pain
  • Screams from peeling off a band aid
  • Smiling with his kids
  • Goofy faces
  • Drawings that his kids made for him
  • Hair in hands from falling out
  • Hair on his bed pillows from chemo
  • Kids drawing pictures of their dad with no hair
  • Pill bottles and medicine patches

However, the whole film was not just pictures.  There were also glimpses of his progression through video and him speaking.  It was easily seen how he wanted to make a negative situation positive. One example of this is that whenever Kaplan went to one of his chemotherapy sessions he brought the hospital a pie. He also mentioned that he wanted others to be able to see his documentary and realize that there can be something good to come out of cancer.  Which now is an obvious thing he has accomplished.

To see more about John Kaplan’s documentary and his award winning photos visit the following websites:

Although Kaplan is only one of many who have survived cancer he stands as a big example of someone who preserved through it for not only is good, but others as well.  After doing some research I found out that there is around 12 million cancer survivors, with one in every two men being victims. Below is a picture that better describes the details of both men and women cancer victims:


To learn more about cancer victims like John visit:

“Every day is a blessing, Everyday is a gift” – John Kaplan

Learning about a mission







February 11, 2013 was among every Monday where I attended Steve Rice’s Journalism 2150 lecture with the 300+ students in his class.  Rick Agran, was the speaker and he spoke about writing with a mission, as well as writing in a group. His speech was interesting and also relevant to us as journalists because writing with a mission is something we each need to take to heart.  I also found his strategies on how to write in a group applicable to us as students.  While writing in a group is not something we will use everyday in our future careers, it is applicable in our classes today.  Also as students we are just starting to capture the idea of being unique and creative in our writing, which seems to align similarly to having a mission.  Some of the interesting points I enjoyed from Ricks lecture include:

  • To write good Missions:
  • Write a draft mission, Share reflect, focus and get feedback
  • Focus on the values or outcomes rather than the specific tactics
  • Explain what the story is going to accomplish rather than what reporters are going to do with it
  • Clearly define your project boundaries, given the time and resources you have
  • Reflect on your audience and its needs
  • Group writing:
  • Have each group member write a draft mission.  Share, reflect, focus and combine.  
  • If your questions are going all over the place you might need to revisit, rewrite or refocus your group mission. 
  • Always revise the mission together as a group 





Another source for learning about how to write with a mission is the from Society of Professional Journalists code of ethics.  This link provides an article sharing the SPJ view of writing with a mission:

Lastly, writing in a group or with a mission is something that we are still learning.  While Rick Agran had some great tips on how to start this process, Steve Row from had 15 other tips on news writing.  Check out his 15 suggestions and article here:


Some challenges include learning

Challenges include learning

Some days it is harder than others to sit in a lecture and be completely focused on what your professor has to say. This seems to be especially true in situations where you have no interest in the topic being discussed.  For me an example of this would be in biology when we are learning how to dissect frogs.  In these situations I think it is fair to say that learning is a challenge, however not all learning is this way.  

Today in Journalism 2150 a guest speaker came and spoke to our class about marketing, media, newsrooms and other journalistic related topics.  The ideas he presented were very interesting and also in perfect correlation with what we will cover this semester.  I really enjoyed how today’s speaker related his topics to visual examples, this made the concepts he was presenting much easier to understand and also relate to.  However, I did not enjoy the long definitions he used to describe certain topics.  The long definitions were too much for students, including myself, to write down and also a bit overwhelming.  .

Although I did not enjoy everything about his presentation I would for sure recommend him for a future class as well as commend the time he put into preparing the presentation.  One example of something I thought was interesting in his presentation was about P&G’s Wal-Mart movies.  Here is the link to the Wal-Mart family night P&G movies: