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Blue Chalk Media Blue Chalk Media is a digital media company founded by people who believe in the power of nonfiction visual storytelling. Blue Chalk Media is an award-winning digital media company founded by people who believe in the power of nonfiction visual storytelling.

With roots in photojournalism, documentary film, cable television and digital communications, the Blue Chalk team is equipped to serve third-party clients and partners as well as to publish independently. Apart from our work helping brands tell stories, a separate division of Blue Chalk produces content for journalism organizations and knowledge brands. These assignments may take the form of short

With roots in photojournalism, documentary film, cable television and digital communications, the Blue Chalk team is equipped to serve third-party clients and partners as well as to publish independently. Apart from our work helping brands tell stories, a separate division of Blue Chalk produces content for journalism organizations and knowledge brands. These assignments may take the form of short

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Although separated geographically and distinct in their histories, China and the US share global leadership roles and di...
08/07/2022
From the arch to the wall, explore St. Louis and Nanjing's astounding parity | Sister Cities

Although separated geographically and distinct in their histories, China and the US share global leadership roles and diverse, rich cultures.

In this latest episode of our USA Today series, "Sister Cities", we explore the connections between St Louis and Nanjing, which in 1979 became the first cities in the US and China to be linked!

Discover the astonishing similarities and surprising differences of two sister cities. In part one of this two-part episode, we explore the rich connection b...

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Essdras M. Suarez walked Photo Shelter  through a selection of anonymous photo su...
08/06/2022
WATCH: Essdras M. Suarez Reviews Your Photo Submissions - PhotoShelter Blog

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Essdras M. Suarez walked Photo Shelter through a selection of anonymous photo submissions and discussed what worked, what didn't, and what could be improved. Watch is full photo review below.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Essdras M. Suarez reviews 30 anonymous photos and shares compositional tips in this free PhotoShelter webinar.

Our team got competitive this week as we each took on a typing challenge. Motion graphics designer Conner Lee was ultima...
08/05/2022

Our team got competitive this week as we each took on a typing challenge. Motion graphics designer Conner Lee was ultimately crowned the winner with a whopping 112 words per minute!! He also put together this graphic so now his victory can live forever on the internet.

Hats off to the other members of "The 100 Club," Kayla Calderia and Ian Miller, who also put the rest of us to shame.

Want to see how you stack up to the typists of Blue Chalk? You can take typing test here: monkeytype.com

Did you hear the exciting news? Our Magnolia Network series "Growing Floret" will be making its way to HBO Max from Sept...
08/05/2022
‘Fixer Upper’ Among Magnolia Network Content Heading To HBO Max

Did you hear the exciting news? Our Magnolia Network series "Growing Floret" will be making its way to HBO Max from September 30!

The series is one of a slate Magnolia Network content, including Fixer Upper, that will be part of a new spotlight page on the streaming platform. Get more details in the article below.

Content from Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network will soon be available on HBO Max. Beginning Friday, September 30, Magnolia Network’s slate, including Fixer Upper: Welcome Home, M…

As more and more newspapers shut down, Poynter asks if local news can be saved.
08/04/2022
Can local news be saved? - Poynter

As more and more newspapers shut down, Poynter asks if local news can be saved.

As newspapers shutter, Axios, City Cast and other organizations attempt to fill a void. Whether they are is in dispute

Every month, the folks at Creative Mornings host a variety of virtual field trips on topics such as "The Art of Effectiv...
08/03/2022
Upcoming Events

Every month, the folks at Creative Mornings host a variety of virtual field trips on topics such as "The Art of Effective Communication" and "The Art of Active Listening." Check out the rest of this month's offerings below.

H/t to Blue Chalk graphic designer Miró Merrill for letting us know about these!

CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. Join us at one of our free monthly events around the world or watch the talks online!

We're lucky to have had many former students from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication join o...
08/02/2022
Three SOJC students demonstrate the importance of networking | Journalism and Communication

We're lucky to have had many former students from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication join our team. In this article by SOJC, Blue Chalk's, Ian Miller, Jesse Crowell, and Miró Merrill, share their path to working with us.

Pictured from left to right: Jesse Crowell, Ian Miller and Miró Merrill. Illustration by Miró Merrill.The importance of networking in college takes on real meaning for graduating students as they hunt for a job. In the case of three graduates of the UO School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC)...

Discover the similarities and surprising differences between St.Louis and Nanjing in episode two of our USA Today & CICC...
08/01/2022
From the arch to the wall, explore St. Louis and Nanjing's astounding parity | Sister Cities

Discover the similarities and surprising differences between St.Louis and Nanjing in episode two of our USA Today & CICC series, "Sister Cities"

In part one of this two-part episode, we explore the rich connection between the first established sister cities and the bonds they share through beer, BBQ, baseball, and music.

Discover the astonishing similarities and surprising differences of two sister cities. In part one of this two-part episode, we explore the rich connection b...

Our July newsletter has the low down on our new USAToday series alongside journalism we've loved this month and news fro...
07/31/2022
Exploring New Sister Cities With USA Today

Our July newsletter has the low down on our new USAToday series alongside journalism we've loved this month and news from Blue Chalk and beyond. Read it below!

Explore the food, culture, and heartbeat connecting cities in China and the USA in our new series, "Sister Cities," produced in partnership with ​​USA Today Studios and China Intercontinental Communication Center (CICC). 

Entries are now open for the NPPF's Bob and Milly Lynn Grant which awards $4,000 annually to a #photojournalist to aid i...
07/30/2022
» Bob Lynn Grant Application

Entries are now open for the NPPF's Bob and Milly Lynn Grant which awards $4,000 annually to a #photojournalist to aid in creating and executing a significant project that will shed light on important social issues.

The Bob & Millie Lynn Grant Entries will open July 18, 2022 and close September 12, 11:59 Eastern Time. The Bob Lynn Grant is open to residents of the United States. Making a difference Bob Lynn created this grant to encourage photojournalists to pursue stories that expose the side of American soci...

“It’s a family issue. It’s a community issue. It’s everybody’s issue."The New York Times chats with directors Paula Eise...
07/28/2022
‘History Is Everything’: Making a Film About Black Maternal Mortality

“It’s a family issue. It’s a community issue. It’s everybody’s issue."

The New York Times chats with directors Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee about their journey to make their #documentary “Aftershock,” which shines a light on Black maternal mortality.

The directors Paula Eiselt and Tonya Lewis Lee discuss their journey in making the documentary “Aftershock,” which shines a light on a national health crisis.

The 2023 Oscars may not be happening for many months, but IndieWire has begun its Best Documentary Feature predictions i...
07/27/2022
Oscars 2023: Best Documentary Feature Predictions

The 2023 Oscars may not be happening for many months, but IndieWire has begun its Best Documentary Feature predictions in this feature which will be updated as the year progresses.

January’s Sundance kicked off the documentary Oscar race, while later festivals will play a key role in nabbing awards attention in a crowded field. (Constantly updated.)

Each month, CJR's Covering Climate Now speaks with different journalists about their experiences on the climate beat. In...
07/26/2022
Q&A: Brian Lehrer on his climate commitment, and telling relatable stories

Each month, CJR's Covering Climate Now speaks with different journalists about their experiences on the climate beat. In this interview, Brian Lehrer discusses his climate commitment and telling relatable stories.

Each month, Covering Climate Now speaks with different journalists about their experiences on the climate beat and their ideas for pushing our craft forward. This month, we spoke with Brian Lehrer, longtime host of The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC in New York City. Earlier this year, Lehrer’s show co...

For this Washington Post feature, five photographers turned the camera on themselves as they experienced first-time pare...
07/25/2022
The Vulnerability of New Motherhood, Heightened by a Pandemic

For this Washington Post feature, five photographers turned the camera on themselves as they experienced first-time parenthood while the world shut down.

Five photographers turned the camera on themselves as they experienced first-time parenthood while the world shut down.

Part two of our "Sister Cities" episode exploring Shanghai and San Francisco is now live! Watch at the link below to lea...
07/24/2022
San Francisco's cultural, artistic and economic bond with Shanghai | Sister Cities

Part two of our "Sister Cities" episode exploring Shanghai and San Francisco is now live!

Watch at the link below to learn more about the cultural, artistic, and economic bonds between these two cities.

Explore the Chinese and American ingenuity, creativity and interconnectedness of San Francisco and Shanghai in part two of this two-part episode.Watch part o...

In this episode of The Creative Nonfiction Podcast, host Brendan O'Meara discusses fact-checking and collaboration with ...
07/22/2022
The Creative Nonfiction Podcast with Brendan O'Meara: Episode 323: Leigh Baldwin and Sean Williams

In this episode of The Creative Nonfiction Podcast, host Brendan O'Meara discusses fact-checking and collaboration with Leigh Baldwin and Sean Williams who co-wrote and co-reported an article for The Atavist, which tells the tale of a German Neo-Nazi spy who worked for Vladamir Putin

Leigh Baldwin and Sean Williams co-wrote and co-reported "Follow the Leader" for the July issue of The Atavist Magazine. We also hear from lead editor Jonah Ogles. Social: Sponsor: Show notes/newsletter: Support:

Explore the Chinese and American ingenuity, creativity, and interconnectedness of San Francisco and Shanghai in part two...
07/19/2022
San Francisco's cultural, artistic and economic bond with Shanghai | Sister Cities

Explore the Chinese and American ingenuity, creativity, and interconnectedness of San Francisco and Shanghai in part two of our "Sister Cities" series, produced in partnership with @Gannett & CICC.

Premised on the pairing of Sister Cities, a long-running international program of people-to-people exchange, the series explores the rich histories, cultural perspectives, and colorful characters of each city that make their respective residents proud — check it out below!

Explore the Chinese and American ingenuity, creativity and interconnectedness of San Francisco and Shanghai in part two of this two-part episode.Watch part o...

Learn more about the stories behind the winning project from this year's World Press Photo contest through this free aud...
07/18/2022
Smartify | World Press Photo Exhibition 2022

Learn more about the stories behind the winning project from this year's World Press Photo contest through this free audio tour, featuring the photographers’ original voices.

Welcome to the World Press Photo 2022 exhibition! Hear the stories behind each winning photo at this exhibition. In English, you will hear the original voice...

In this feature, The Daily Yonder meets 77-year-old Shirley Dunham, the only staff member of The Montezuma Record, a 600...
07/16/2022
Meet the 77-year-old Woman Keeping Her Town's Newspaper Alive

In this feature, The Daily Yonder meets 77-year-old Shirley Dunham, the only staff member of The Montezuma Record, a 600-circulation newspaper in Iowa.

Shirley Dunham is the only staff member of The Montezuma Record, a 600-circulation newspaper in small-town Iowa.

Tune in to Magnolia Network, this Sunday at 3:00 pm EST to catch the final episode in season two of our series, "From th...
07/15/2022

Tune in to Magnolia Network, this Sunday at 3:00 pm EST to catch the final episode in season two of our series, "From the Source."

In this episode, chef Katie Button visits a kelp farm in Maine to learn about its delicious versatility.

Before you watch the episode, check out these behind-the-scenes photos from season two by our associate producer, Mariel Rodriguez-McGill.

"Language is ever-evolving, and the words we choose to use can have lasting, consequential outcomes."A new, free resourc...
07/14/2022
Lost for words? A new, free resource offers journalists guidance on thorny topics

"Language is ever-evolving, and the words we choose to use can have lasting, consequential outcomes."

A new, free resource from Vox Media offers journalists guidance on sensitive topics. Find out more on Nieman Lab.

"You might be a copy editor looking for a deeper history of a sensitive word; a writer rethinking who your beat is serving; or a manager trying to make a tough call on deadline. The challenge is the same: Language is ever-evolving, and the words we choose to use can have lasting, consequential…

With 2022 halfway over, Indiewire lists its picks of the best films of the year so far.
07/13/2022
The 20 Best Films of 2022, So Far

With 2022 halfway over, Indiewire lists its picks of the best films of the year so far.

With the year (somehow) half over, 2022 has already played home to a wide variety of incredible cinematic offerings. Here are 20 you can see right now.

We're completely in awe of these images from the James Webb Space Telescope, depicting the spectrum of an exoplanet, a s...
07/12/2022
First Images From the James Webb Space Telescope

We're completely in awe of these images from the James Webb Space Telescope, depicting the spectrum of an exoplanet, a stellar nursery, a planetary nebula, and a quintet of galaxies.

If you've yet to see them, The Atlantic has a gallery with the incredible photos below.

Yesterday, the world got a glimpse of the incredible detail JWST can see, and today, NASA released more initial images, depicting a stellar nursery, an exoplanet, a planetary nebula, and a quintet of galaxies.

CatchLight's Global Fellowship program offers innovative leaders in the visual storytelling field the chance to receive ...
07/11/2022
About the Fellowship — CatchLight

CatchLight's Global Fellowship program offers innovative leaders in the visual storytelling field the chance to receive financial support, unlock individual potential, and grow and leverage partnerships. Apply at the link below by July 17.

A CatchLight Fellowship serves as a form of incubator for innovative leaders working in visual storytelling. It is a space to receive financial support, unlock individual potential, leverage partnerships and amplify your impact.

Explore the food, culture, and heartbeat connecting San Francisco and Shanghai in our new series, "Sister Cities," produ...
07/09/2022
Explore the food, culture and heartbeat connecting San Francisco and Shanghai | Sister Cities

Explore the food, culture, and heartbeat connecting San Francisco and Shanghai in our new series, "Sister Cities," produced in partnership with Gannet and China Intercontinental Communication Center (CICC).

Premised on the pairing of Sister Cities, a long-running international program of people-to-people exchange, the series explores the rich histories, cultural perspectives, and colorful characters of each city that make their respective residents proud.

Watch the first episode below!

Explore the wonders of two amazing Sister Cities. In part one of this two-part episode it’s San Francisco and Shanghai.RELATED: https://youtu.be/vjm4z53FywsA...

After years of having their voices filtered through visiting journalists, Rohingya in Bangladesh’s refugee camps are doc...
07/09/2022
‘Telling our own stories’: Rohingya lives, through a camera lens

After years of having their voices filtered through visiting journalists, Rohingya in Bangladesh’s refugee camps are documenting their lives through their own lenses. The New Humanitarian has more.

Daily joys, growing hardships: Emerging Rohingya photographers are documenting their refugee community’s stories, one snapshot at a time.

NPR's fall/winter internship applications are open! Applications are due by Sunday, July 10th by 11:59 pm ET. Browse the...
07/06/2022
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NPR's fall/winter internship applications are open! Applications are due by Sunday, July 10th by 11:59 pm ET. Browse the open positions and apply below.

07/05/2022
Sister Cities Trailer

We're excited to share "Sister Cities," an immersive new TV series produced in partnership with Gannet and China Intercontinental Communication Center (CICC).

Premised on the pairing of Sister Cities, a long-running international program of people-to-people exchange, the series explores the rich histories, cultural perspectives, and colorful characters of each city that make their respective residents proud.

The first episode highlights Shanghai, China, and San Francisco, California, and is available to watch now on the USA TODAY channel on The Roku Channel, Amazon News, Samsung TV Plus, and most major streaming platforms.

Did you see our latest newsletter in your inbox this week? If not, you can check it out at the link below to learn all a...
07/03/2022
An Anniversary Film, a Series Renewal & New Team Members

Did you see our latest newsletter in your inbox this week? If not, you can check it out at the link below to learn all about our new film for Open School, the renewal of one of our Magnolia Network series, and our new team members!

In honor of its 50th anniversary, Open School enlisted Blue Chalk to create a film featuring the four executive directors who served throughout the school’s history. Each shared tributes to the students who have come through Open School’s doors.

07/02/2022
Magnolia Network Schedule

Tomorrow is Sunday which means there's a brand new episode of our Magnolia Network series "Growing Floret" airing at 3 pm EST!

In this episode, chef Katie Button visits South Carolina to learn the process of whole hog barbecue!

We're lucky enough to have had many former students from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication...
07/02/2022
Three SOJC students demonstrate the importance of networking | Journalism and Communication

We're lucky enough to have had many former students from the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication join our team.

In this feature by Alli Weseman, three Blue Chalkers, and SOJC alums, Ian Miller, Jesse Crowell, and Miró Merrill, share their path to working with us!

Pictured from left to right: Jesse Crowell, Ian Miller and Miró Merrill. Illustration by Miró Merrill.The importance of networking in college takes on real meaning for graduating students as they hunt for a job. In the case of three graduates of the UO School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC)...

In 2005, journalist Alyssa Achukar began photographing the life of Elsie Eiler, the only resident of Monowi, Nebraska. I...
06/30/2022
A One-Woman Town, Documented for Over 17 Years

In 2005, journalist Alyssa Achukar began photographing the life of Elsie Eiler, the only resident of Monowi, Nebraska. In this New York Times feature, she gives some background on the project.

In 2005, the journalist Alyssa Schukar began photographing the life of Elsie Eiler, the sole resident of Monowi, Neb.

Getty Images has partnered with Verizon and the National Disability Leadership Alliance on the Disability Communities Cr...
06/29/2022
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In honor of its 50th anniversary, Open School enlisted Blue Chalk to create a film featuring the four executive director...
06/28/2022
Open School's 50th Anniversary

In honor of its 50th anniversary, Open School enlisted Blue Chalk to create a film featuring the four executive directors in the school’s history sharing tributes to the students who have come through Open School’s doors.

Watch the film below and celebrate 50 years of advocacy, equity, and academics!

Celebrating 50 years of Advocacy, Equity, and Academics

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Ducks usually travel in flocks, so it’s not surprising to find three Ducks at the same company in Portland. How did they all end up at the same place? Hint: it involves networking. In this round up, Miró Merrill, Jesse Crowell and Ian Miller share their stories of how they each came to work at Blue Chalk Media and what SOJC students can do to prepare for post-grad job searches. Click below to meet them and pick up a few ideas for your own networking.