No. 3: 3-D

April 17, 2017

A list of the top 10 memorable issues of student publications during my teaching career.

I have been blessed with a lot of creative students over the years. One in particular applied his creativity to the student newspaper in a most memorable way, one in which other papers have since copied.

Fall 2010 Talon Marks editor Joey Berumen came to me one day and said that he wanted to run every photo in the paper in 3-D.  That would, of course include attaching a pair of 3-D glasses with each copy of the paper so people could view the photos.

That, of course, would be after we figured out how to get the 3-D photos. We did not have a camera that could shoot such photos. Joey researched it all on his own and found that he could start with regular photos and alter them in PhotoShop to create the 3-D effect. Then we had to find a source of 4,000 3-D glasses that we could afford to buy and give away.

The paper was printed and then we had to put the staff to work attaching the cardboard glasses to each copy before we cold distribute the papers across campus. Some photos worked better than others for the effect, but seven years later people on campus say they still remember it. I think it was as much as seeing the glasses taped to each copy that got attention as it was people noticing the 3-D photos were all fuzzy looking without them, but every copy put on the stands disappeared in short order. That is saying something as today fewer and fewer students actually pick up a copy of the paper.

But Joey did not finish out the semester with me. About that same time, in the wee hours of the morning he filled out an online application for the Los Angeles Daily Journal, a legal newspaper distributed across the state, as a senior page designer. The guy who hired him called me for a reference and expressed doubt that a community college student was as good as Joey claimed to be. I assured him Joey was. He wowed them not only with his page design abilities but with his ability to help in other parts of the newspaper operation he learned in our program.

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Memorable design runner-up: One semester my students created a facsimile Sopranos poster with me as Tony Soprano and others associated with the program as other members of “the family.” That poster is outstanding, but simply did not have the campus impact of the 3-D issue, which is why it was beat out for this memory spot. Since then students have created several interesting posters of The Intern, X-Men, and Grand Theft Auto, all featuring me and staff members.

PREVIOUSLY: 10: The execution, 9: We don’t need no headlines, 8: The student who died, 7: It was just a matter of time, 6: Daddy come home, 5: 911, 4: The expletive

NEXT UP: Not just another blank page

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