Reporting Resources

Thus far these resources developed by our journalism students to support their coverage of seminary events and personnel include:
  • An annotated bibliography on digital photography by Brother Lorenzo Conciodo, OSB (in progress)
  • The rules of various sports our seminarians play and with which a reporter needs to be familiar before attending and covering a given game
  • An annotated bibliography of volleyball resources by Frank Villanueva

Annotated Bibliography on Digital Photography


Ang, Tom.  Digital Photography Essentials.  New York: DK, 2011.  An essential photography reference book; provides a wide range of topics on digital photography suited for both amateur and experienced photographers; includes camera settings, pre-production, composition and colors, image manipulation, videography and equipment references; features clear and practical writing combined with visual image presentations for clarity, creativity, and inspiration.

Cope, Peter.  100 Clever Digital Photography Ideas: Starting to Make the Most of Your Camera and Camera Phone. Newton Abbot, UK: David & Charles, 2012.  Print.  Explore creative ideas that can be done by a compact camera or camera phone.  Provides colorful illustrations to understand your camera or smartphone's functions and settings; contains creative possibilities that you can do with your camera rather than just making "selfies" like using your camera to locate your car, compile an assembly manual, create time-lapse video and more.

Foster, Jerod.  Color: A Photographer's Guide to Directing the Eye, Creating Visual Depth, and Conveying Emotion.  San Francisco: Peach Pit Press, 2014.  Print.  Approaches color from a photographer's perspective with a mix of practical theory, technical information, and solid advice on how to apply these details in all genres of photography - landscapes, portraits, lifestyle, sports, or wildlife.  You will learn about: color in the frame, including guiding the eye and composing with color; manipulating color with white balance, artificial lighting, and exposure; creating visual depth with complementary colors, dominant/recessive colors, and contrast; the meaning of color and how read, blue, green, or purple can push emotions; conditions for shooting color and the best times of the day; and best practices for handling color in post-processing.

Gatcum, Chris.  The Beginner's Photography Guide.  New York: DK, 2013.  Print.  The latest and most practical guide to understanding photography essentials such as exposure, focus, lighting, lenses, and image enhancement.  Provides clear illustrations of camera settings, equipment and actual works; includes step-by-step processes to get the most out of digital cameras, from point-and-shoot to prosumer and even smartphones.

Roberts, Stephanie.  The Art of iPhoneography: A Guide to Mobile Creativity.  2nd ed.  Ashville, NC: Pixiq, 2012.  Print. This fully up-to-date second edition will help iPhone users get the best photos possible from their equipment.  Including the iPhone 4S, this book explains how to choose, load, and use the newest and most useful apps.

Sheppard, Rob.  The Magic of Digital Nature Photography. 2nd ed.  Asheville, NC: Pixiq, 2013.  Print.  Recommended for nature photo enthusiasts; a helpful guide for understanding the right lenses for outdoor and nature photography: extensive chapters on understanding natural light to create drama, contrast, and interesting compositions.

Sint, Steve.  Digital Still Life Photography: Art, Business & Style.  New York: Pixiq, 2013.  A guidebook combining still life photography and business ideas; contains a step-by-step practical guide to set-up your own photography studio, workflow and pre- and post-production step; provides business tips for both starters and experienced photographers.

Weil, Bob.  The Art of iPhone Photography: Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone.  Santa Barbara: Rocky Nook, 2013.  Print.  Provides concept photography using iPhones and iPads; provides reference for photo editing apps, workflow and sample works of different photographers using iPhone.


Bradley, Jamin.  Colour: A Picture Journey by Jamin Bradley. 208GREENWOOD, 2012.  iBook.  Sample works of a photo hobbist and a Methodist pastor inspired by God's beauty in nature; creative source for non-pro and beginners.  Provides interesting subjects, perspective and tonal values.

Prokosch, Rick.  Just Pictures.  Rick Prokosch, 2012.  iBook. Contains collections of images that provide creative styles and concepts using various subjects: people, scenes, nature, toy photography, black and white, and more.  It is useful for getting creative inspirations.

Ribes, Lluis i Portillo.  Photography Composition.  Lluis i Portillo Ribes, 2012.  iBook.  A short but insightful guide to understanding composition essentials; contains photos to illustrate concepts and rules of composition.  It is recommended for all beginning and amateur photographers.

Stafford, Richard.  The Five Stops of Photography.  Richard Stafford, 2013.  iBook.  A quick yet must-have to understand the five modes of DSLR - auto, program, shutter, aperture and manual modes will illustrations and sample photos.

Online Resources:

B and H.  B and H Foto and Electronics Corp.  2014.  Web.  15 Mar. 2014.  This is a resource of tons of videos on photography and videography.  Free photography seminars are available on their YouTube channel.  They have a huge store in New York and an online store complete with product information, buyer's guides, reviews and the latest resources in digital imaging and recording.

Beck, Erik.  Indy Mogul.  Next New Networks.  2013.  Web.  15 Mar. 2014.  This is a YouTube channel for low-budget film makers looking to improve their skills.

iPhoneography Central.  InfoCloud Software Ltd.  2014.  Web. 15 Mar. 2014.  A resource for all iPhone photographers for the latest apps, tutorials and tips, resources and contests.

Rowse, Darren.  Digital Photography School.  2014.  Web.  15 Mar. 2014.  Contains one-stop shop for photo resources for all levels of photographers with sections on tips and tutorials, cameras and equipment, and post-production.

Turrentine, Lindsey.  C/Net.  CBS Interactive, 2014.  Web.  15 Mar. 2014.  Camera reviews with additional resources for buying cameras, tutorials, side-by-side comparison and the latest models released by popular brands such as Canon, Nikon, Olympus and more.  C/Net editors are all tech-savvy and are from the industry that delivers reviews on technology. Turrentine is the editor-in-chief.

Yu, Richard.  DigitalRev TV.  DigitalRev Ltd.  Web.  15 Mar. 2014.  A YouTube channel that provides the latest reviews, matches, journals, and announcements on the latest cameras with entertaining product presentation, how-to tests, tutorials and projects.

Rules for Seminary Sports

Indoor Soccer
Also knows as futsal, showgol, futbol 5, fast football and mini football

Indoor soccer is an adaption of that popular sport, soccer, for indoor little fields with tiny goals and small teams.  The time of the game is short, too: a match takes one hour, and it can be divided into quarters or middles.  It is a speedy and difficult game, especially because the field is surrounded by walls that don't let the ball go away during the match, taking out the rest time between moves.  This is a point in common with ice hockey!

The game consists in scoring the opposite goal with a little soccer ball that cannot be touched with hands or arms.  Usually, the players use their feet and legs to move, pass and shoot the ball during the game, but it is common to see some players using the head or chest for some moves.

It is forbidden to catch the ball and hide it from other players.  Each time that a team scores in the contrary goal one point is added to the scoreboard that is impossible to lose.  In some countries, scores from a long distance add two or three points, and in others it is forbidden to score a goal from far away without the contact of one of the opposite players.  The winner of the match is the team with more points on the scoreboard at the end of the game.

Each team had less than seven players.  Usually, and in professional circuits, each team uses five or six players with substitute players.  In some places, one of the players is the goalkeeper whose intent is to keep safe the goal from opposite strikes.

In case of aggressive actions, the referee stops the ball and the victim's team receives the ball possession and the possibility to kick freely to the goal.  This is why it's called a "free kick."  When these aggressive actions happen in the goal area, the referee stops the game and gives to the victim team a penalty kick: a free kick near the goal where there is only one of the opposite players who keeps the goal.

The result of the match depends on the talent of the teams, and this is the sum of the players' skills and energies, teamwork and strategy.

A good journalist must know that the comments that people read about indoor soccer talk about great moves and goals, player's skills and aggressive actions!  Of course, the photos people are looking for are about goals and the popular team photo!

Developed by Nicolas Facile
Sources: and the experience of the reporter


The sport of volleyball has taken on a new look since its start in the Summer Olympics of 1964.  More and more schools, clubs, and recreation activity committees have taken on this sport.  The rules of such a sport can be somewhat complex and a little complicated but for the most part it goes as follows.  In a traditional indoor game that consists of two opposing teams of six players:

1. A player on one of teams begins a "rally" by serving the ball (tossing or releasing it and then hitting it with a hand or arm) from behind the back boundary line of the court, over the net, and into the receiving team's court.

2. The receiving team must not let the ball touch the ground within their court.

3. The team may touch the ball up to 3 times but individual players may not touch the ball twice consecutively.  Typically, the first two touches are used to set up for an attack, an attempt to direct the ball back over the net in such a way that the serving team in unable to prevent it from being grounded in their court.  Once the ball touches ground (whether the ball lands in bounds or out) the point is over.

The team that gets to 30 points first wins the set.  There are five sets in a match, and the first team who wins three of the five wins the match.

Developed by Frank Villanueva
Sources: and the experience of the reporter

Table Tennis / Ping-Pong

To enjoy any sport, we have to learn and understand the rules of the game at first.  Ping-Pong is no different.  As with most other sports, Ping-Pong needs tools to play a game.  The basic tools are rackets, balls, a net, and a table.  Of course there are people, clothes, and some convenient supplements to enjoy the game too.

Basically, we should know how to earn a point from the battle on the table.  First, it can be played by two or four players.  According to the official Table Tennis Federation rules, we have to decide who serves first by lot by flipping a coin, drawing a straw, etc.  The winner gets to choose whether to serve first or which side he or she wants.  However, in most recreational ping-pong games, the serve is determined by a quick rally.

Second, the ball should be tossed out of your free hand vertically a minimum of 16cm, and then hit with a racket so that it first hits your side of the table once and then goes over the net and hits your opponent's side.  The serve switches every two points.  After the ball arrives and bounces in the other side, your opponent should return the ball over the net without bouncing on his side.  If the ball could not get over the net or is off the table without bouncing on your side, you earn a point.  Otherwise, if the ball is still in play, you must return it.

Third, according to official rules, the winner reaches 11 points first with alternating serving every two points except the tie game.  If the game is tied like 10-10, one must be ahead by two points.  Furthermore, a player should win two out of three games and switch sides after each game.  In the third game (if it is necessary), when one player gets five points, they switch sides.

Finally, you have to develop a high level of skill such as a strong backhand and forehand for smashing or spinning the ball.  As well, there is a killer serve with high forward and backward spin.  However, the most important thing for the game is to enjoy it!

Developed by Brother Marinus Kim, OSB
Sources: and the experience of the reporter

Volleyball: An Annotated Bibliography

American Sport Education Program.  Coaching Volleyball: Technical and Tactical Skills.  Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2011.  Print.  This book helps coaches teach players essential volleyball skills and helps players to implement what they gain in practices to matches they play.  Reporters may want to read this book if they want to understand more of the technical side of volleyball.

American Volleyball Coaches Association.  The Volleyball Drill Book: 125 Technical and Tactical Drills.  Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2012.  Print.  This step-by-step handbook is packed with practice drills and technical tips on how to improve the skills of beginner volleyball players to even the most advanced players.  Expect these and many more techniques to be used during any level of volleyball practices.  Reporters may want to become familiar with these drills if they are covering a story about volleyball drills or practices.

Ball, Lloy.  The Biggest Mistake I Never Made.  Bloomington, IN: Author House, 2008.  Print.  This biography of US Olympic Champion Lloy Ball tells the story about how this champion went from being an all-star basketball player to becoming a world-class volleyball champion.  Despite opposition from his family, friends, teammates, and sports enthusiasts, Ball leaves his basketball career to charter unfamiliar territory when he joins his father's volleyball team.  For the sports writer this is a great book to read if you are doing a report on personal achievements through the sport of volleyball.

Giddens, Owen, and Sandra Giddens.  Volleyball: Rules, Tips, Strategy, and Safety.  Print.  New York: Rosen Publishing Group, 2005.  Have you ever wondered where volleyball came from?  This handbook has a surprising introduction of the history of the inception of volleyball.  This book will give a reporter a short biography of its founder and historical progress of the sport of volleyball.

Gregory, Cindy, and Bonnie Kenny.  Volleyball: Steps to Success.  Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2006.  For the college-level coach this book gives troubleshooting skills to out strategize your opponents.  This division-one handbook is best when it comes to defensive drills, so do read this book if you plan on doing a report on volleyball drills and techniques or covering a whole volleyball game.

Loucky, Jamie, and David Wallechinsky.  The Complete Book of the Olympics.  London: Aurum, 2012.  This 2012 edition give reporters all the information they would need to know about the sport of volleyball in the Olympics.  Scores, stats, players, winning and losing matches, it's all there.  Use this book for research of Olympic results in volleyball.

May-Treanor, Misty.  Misty: Digging Deep in Volleyball and Life.  New York: Scribner, 2010.  Print.  In this autobiography, May shares the story of her life and athletic career.  From her personal family tragedies to her role on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, May will touch, inspire, and empower readers everywhere.  This book is a must read if reporters are looking at how volleyball has affected one's personal and athletic life and the balance between self-identity and society's identify of the professional athlete.

Shondell, Don, and Cecile Reynaud.  The Volleyball Coaching Bible.  Human Kinetics, 2002.  Print.  This book is a wonderful read for coaches and those who are in charge of recruiting players. This book helps coaches to learn about the philosophy, conditioning, practicing and recruiting of volleyball.  Use this book as a source to understand better what coaches look for in a volleyball player.

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