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Students for Life across from Voices for Choices at Oakland University

  Oakland University is talking about genocide after a student group presented provocative images of death camps, executions, and abortions to campus, last week — April 7th and 8th, 2014. The Genocide Awareness Project The exhibit, called the Genocide Awareness Project, was hosted by Students for Life at Oakland University. The exhibit belongs to and is sponsored by The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform which is based in Lake Forest, California. “I would say that before this display was up here, say a week ago, very few people were really talking about abortion,” Mark Wolf said, a volunteer representing the center. “I would say right now the whole college campus is talking about this.” Mark adds, “It’s started conversations going that weren’t going before.”

A Tutorial for the Photojournalist

A quick and easy guide The folks at the Journalists’ Toolkit have compiled a list of articles from Photo Composition Articles into an easy to understand guide to the basics of photojournalism. In seven links, they address several important aspects of photography that should be considered by every photojournalist (or photographer for that matter.) The tutorial covers: Simplicity Rule of Thirds Lines Balance Framing And how to avoid mergers  Included, with each step of the tutorial, are photos and captions briefly explaining the principles covered in the article. This makes the subject material easy to digest and understand. Taking a cue from its first tutorial, the articles are simplistic. There is not large sections of text to digest, but rather a few sentences to each photograph. Most of the photos concisely pull together the concepts being discussed. The entire tutorial Continue reading

The Disaster that is Sochi

Storify by Matthew Edmund Semrau Tue, Feb 11 2014 13:41:28 The Disaster that is Sochi Sochi was a bad choice to hold the Winter Olympics, but it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email Fourteen years ago, I visited Krasnodar, Russia. Krasnodar is the capitol of the Krasnodar Krai (think, state or province) which Sochi is located. What I find hilarious is all of the journalists surprised at the conditions of the area. Obviously, some people didn't do their research. Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email People have asked me what surprised me the most here in Sochi. It’s this. Without question … it’s Continue reading

Independence Township has some big budget plans

Independence Township has some big budget plansby Matthew E. SemrauApril 17, 2013 INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Wednesday evening marked the second bi-weekly meeting of the Independence Township board of trustees. Among the items on the agenda were big spending plans, future sewer projects, more news about a potential hospital, and support for a local girl in a coma.

Profile View: Dr. Jeffrey Youngquist

A Profile View: Dr. Jeffrey Youngquistby Matthew E. SemrauApril 2013 ROCHESTER, Mich. — As human beings, we tend to think of unintended consequences as bad things, but that is not always the case. Sometimes they are what drives us to where we belong. This is the case for Jeffrey Youngquist, Ph.D. an associate professor of communication at Oakland University.



Journalism Published September 8, 2013 – The Oakland Post – A Letter to the Editor: Syria April 24, 2013 – Clarkston News – A million for capital plan (frontpage) April 9, 2013 – Patch.com of Troy - Signing for Laughs (Featured on Homepage) February 5, 2013 – The Oakland Post – LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Guns aren’t the problem, people are Newsletters The Cue Sheet of the Fenton Village Players – Using Adobe InDesign I revamped this non-profit organization’s newsletter. I wrote most of the content, designed the layout from scratch, and regularly published by email. It was published monthly to members from February through May of 2014 before I stepped down from the position. You can see the progression in skill and design. Issue 4 is my favorite. Vol 42, Issue 2 – 2014-02-26 – Cue Sheet Vol 42, Issue Continue reading

Women Tell How They Built Communities

A photo of the panelists

Women Tell How They Helped Build Communitiesby Matthew E. SemrauMarch 18, 2013 TROY, Mich.  – Mayor of Hamtramck, Dr. Karen Majewski, Honorary Consul of Chile, Mariela Griffor, and distinguished educator and researcher, Dr. Phyllis Noda, gathered at the Balkan American Center on Big Beaver Road to present a panel lecture entitled, “Women as Community Builders.”

Accomplished Editor Comes to Oakland University

Accomplished Editor Comes to Oakland Universityby Matthew E. SemrauMarch 2013 ROCHESTER, Mich. — Walter T. Middlebrook, assistant managing editor as well as director of recruiting and community affairs at The Detroit News, guest lectured Wednesday for a free event in the Oakland Center, entitled “Adapting to New Age Journalism.” Middlebrook spoke of how to confront challenges faced by journalists today, as well as offered nuggets on how new journalists can get recognized and land jobs.