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Saturday Challenge: Gif Portrait by Sonya Paclob

Ohio Botanical Gardens

Ohio Botanical Gardens

Good Morning. I like gif, pronounce Jiff like the peanut butter, and I made one from two photos.

It took about an hour to figure out the right combination.

It's easy to do if you are thinking of making a gif yourself.

Here are the steps:

1. Pick two photos. Import into Photoshop. Layer one on top of each other.

2. Open Animation window. Window > Click Animation

3. Window appears. Click duplicate selected frames in the animation window. 

4. Go to layers window and un click the eye. It will change the picture in the animation. 

5. Repeat. When satisfied, click the play button in the animation window.

6. Adjust to your liking. When finished, save the file.

7. Go to File > Save Web and Devices

8. Pick you preference and preview it online.

9. Bam and done.

You can also save it as a Video. Happy GIFING.  

One Year Since Boston Bombing Experience by Sonya Paclob

One year ago, I was sent to cover my first major breaking news story form York, Pa. The Boston Marathon Bombing. 

Honestly, it feels like yesterday. 

I don't know how to compare my experience with others who have seen worst in their life time as a journalist. 

I didn't see any dead bodies. No explosions to be had. No blood or guts. All I saw were runners and locals trying to figure how to react to the situation.

I talked about my experiences in a blog I wrote for LOOK for the York Daily Record that was later printed on the living page.

How do I describe this feeling of lost? I don't know. When people ask me about my experience in Boston. I simply said, "I don't know."

The adrenaline kicked in. And all I could think about is tell the best story I ever told. Find the subject and let everyone know about what is happening.

I didn't reflect on the tragedy when I was in the moment, until I got back to my hotel room on the second day. I laid in bed and cried. I cried so much that it put me to sleep.

The one thing I can take away from the Boston experience is to always give someone you care a hug. It means a whole lot in someone's life. It did for me. I hugged a stranger willing to give hugs during the week of the bombing. 

It felt so damn good not a journalist, but as a human being. 


I don't care about newspapers by Sonya Paclob

"I don't care about newspaper," said in a conversation a year ago to me. What do I care about? I care about news. And newspapers are just one of the platforms in sharing stories. 

I don't want to discount newspapers. They are a wonderful sources about the community. I am thrilled when a cub scout troop wants to get 10 copies of the newspaper of their pinewood derby event.

However, it is a fact; the newspaper subscriptions are declining. Does that mean journalism is dying?

Let me be real with you. Majority the people I know don't pick up newspapers on a daily basis. The news lives online and it's thriving.

I occasionally pick a newspaper up in the morning. But, all day everyday is seeing news on my mobile flipside app or in my twitter feed:

Sometimes from someone's facebook post:

How do newspaper companies who have talented news gathers keep the journalism world alive? I believe the thinking needs to be shifted: Online first, print second. Here are sorts of ideas for online.

1. Video: Everyone has a story to tell. I love video because of what I get to learn from it. I've always been a visual learner from a young age. I like shapes, sounds and moving pictures. Here is a preview of videos I did for a year: 

Their are three types of videos out there. 1. The mom's shaky camera, instant hits. 2. Semi professional, yet short budgeted. 3. The big production movies and T.V shows. The newspaper world can benefit from all three categories and can tell amazing video stories if you have the right subject and flexibility. 

2. Maps: Re purpose information into a more visual and interactive piece for viewers. Easter egg hunt events can be a list for people to check out. I edited to where locals can find their event on a map. 

I posted the map on facebook and locals were engaged to share the information. 

3. Instagram: Everyone likes good news. Instagram has a niche culture in sharing ideas. The York County instagram followers like good news. It is rare for them to "love" a breaking news photo. 

These are some examples newspapers can move beyond print.