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Minnesota State University, Mankato Grad Student Participates in Carnegie Art Exhibit April 25, 2012

20th Annual Prairie Lakes Regional Juried Art Exhibition

Artist Mike Wiechmann, 24, will showcase a piece in the 20th Annual Prairie Lake Regional Juried Art Exhibition April 26 to June 8 at Carnegie Art Center in Mankato, Minn.

A total of 226 pieces of artwork were entered in the exhibition, representing 138 artists. Each artist was allowed to submit 2 pieces showcasing their work. This year’s juror, Joanne Price, selected 104 pieces of artwork for display.

“This regional exhibition is an opportunity for emerging and established artists in the 9 county area to display their work in a professional setting,’ said Carnegie Art Center Gallery Coordinator, Becky Carmody.  The 9 county area includes Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, LeSueur, Martin, Nicollet, Sibley, Waseca and Watonwan.

Wiechmann submitted two pieces called “A Graffiti Invitational” and “Fred”. “A Graffiti Invitational” was selected by Price and will be on display at the exhibition.

“’A Graffiti Invitational’ was a right choice because it followed a common theme in contemporary art in which the artist gets the viewer involved in the work,” said Wiechmann in response to why he thought Price chose the piece.

“A Graffiti Invitational” is a black and white train framed and allows viewers to draw on the glass with dry erase makers. Wiechmann enjoys the idea of street art and creating it into a formal element but also keeping in mind the art can fade or be wiped away.  After the Prairie Lakes Regional Exhibition he hopes to have more work similar to “A Graffiti Invitational.”

This is not Wiechmann’s first gallery he has been a part of 25 galleries with 4 of them being solo shows. He also studied abroad for 6 months at Santa Reparata in Florence, Italy and was a part of several galleries there.

Teacher first then Artist

Wiechmann is currently a grad student at Minnesota State University, Mankato in the Masters of Art Teaching (MAT) program. He is student teaching and enjoying every minute of it. Wiechmann looks forward to the 9 months of back logging ideas and the 3 months of flushing ideas out when he becomes a full time teacher.

“My love for education comes with the ability to reinvent myself. I can get inspired from the lessons based on other artists or the interaction I get from the students,” said Wiechmann.

Like “A Graffiti Invitational” Wiechmann wants to create more interactive art because he feels it’s more contemporary and allows the viewer to become more involved and affected by it. Wiechmann’s wife Kristy agrees with his new concept.

“As a viewer it makes it fun and interesting if you can add to the artist’s original work of art. With this piece (‘A Graffiti Invitational’), everyone can bring their own experiences to the work and because of that, it takes on a unique interpretation for each individual,” said Kristy.

Methods of an Artist

Painting is one of his favorite techniques but it is a process. He says he spends more time preparing the painting and less time actually painting the piece. Rules Wiechmann follows are never paint for over an hour and always name your work. He believes naming your work makes the piece better and more complete because it’s associated with something.

“I never like working on my paintings for more than an hour because I feel it shows when you’re tired and then the piece doesn’t become the right representation of the artist,” said Wiechmann

Many of Wiechmann’s pieces involve nature or abstract scenery. He gets his inspiration from reality and his own collection of photos. Having art based off of reality draws in the average viewer and that’s who Wiechmann wants to be affected.

If you would like to participate in Wiechmann’s “A Graffiti Invitational” you can go to the Carnegie Art Center between April 26 and June 8. Carnegie Art Center’s hours are Thursday 1 to 7 p.m., Friday 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturday 11 to 5 p.m.


MNSU Media Day Speaker News Release April 16, 2012



Christy Wedoe

Phone: (612) 532-9050


Twitter: @ChristyWedoe

 Steve Dimeglio

Phone: (703) 854-6473


Twitter: @sdimegUSATgolf


MNSU Alum Dimeglio will share journalism experience with the public 

Steve Dimeglio

Steve Dimeglio

MANKATO, MINN.-  Minnesota State University, Mankato will have its annual scholarship event, Media Day on Tuesday, April 27. In honor of the event MNSU alum and USA Today sports writer, Steve Dimeglio, will speak at the Ostrander Auditorium from 4 to 6 p.m.

He will present “Mickey Mantle is on Line 1, Steve!” The presentation will follow Dimeglio’s journey from sports editor of MNSU’s Reporter to the White House to the house that Ruth built and to his current role as senior golf writer for the USA Today.

“He was absolutely the most dedicated sports editor our paper has ever had. His sports pages were more than scores. They were interesting, informative, and consistently outstanding,” said MNSU Mass Media professor,Ellen Mrja.

Thanks to the Nadine B. Andreas Foundation, this event is free and open to the public.


For more information contact Christy Wedoe at or (612) 532-9050.


Analysis of Las Vegas Sun’s Construction Deaths on the Strip March 26, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cnwedoe @ 4:08 am

Over an 18 month span 12 construction workers died while working on a $36 billion building boom on the Las Vegas Strip. In 2008 Las Vegas Sun reported on the construction deaths on the Las Vegas Strip in a multimedia package. There are many reasons why this multimedia package was so effective and won a Pulitzer Prize.

In chapter 1 or Foust, we learned about advantages of online journalism: audience control, time and place access, nonlinearity, storage and retrieval, unlimited space, immediacy, multimedia capability and audience participation. I think the Las Vegas Sun showed several good examples of these.

The story showed a good use of audience control. The user had more power to choose what information they wanted. In two segments (Construction Deaths and Accidents on the Strip) the user had a good amount of control because it had multiple options to choose from the sidebars. As the user you had the choice of which construction worker or building sites you wanted to know about.

Having the story located on the Internet made it easy to take advantage of the time, place and unlimited space. If it were in a newspaper you would be limited to how much space the story can take up and would only be able to access it in that one newspaper it was published in. Having it on the Internet allows the user to access it at anytime and almost any place. I tried accessing the story on my smartphone but it was hard to navigate.

Through good use of audience control you were able to tell the journalists designed the story in a nonlinear format. It allowed the user to access the story in any order, you didn’t have to read or use the interactive chronologically. Having the three key segments allowed the user to choose ones that interested them. They didn’t have to look at all three.

The arrangement of the story showed a great use of storage and retrieval. It stored a vast amount of information and made it easily retrievable. Each segment had the proper amount of information. It wasn’t overflowing in text. I was very impressed on how the Las Vegas Sun was able to create a memorable and moving story with a simple slide show, video and interactive. All three segments were able to tell the story in an effective way but showed it differently.

Through the different types of media (video, graphics, pictures and interactive) the Las Vegas Sun was able to create an emotional impact, add detail to the story and create a sense of imagery of how the accidents happened.

The video was able to create the emotional impact through the use of simple music and thoughtful words said by the worker’s loved ones. The video was needed because it showed the impact the deaths had. You wouldn’t be able to get that through the use of text. By using a video it showed audience participation because the people in the video were able to contribute more through stories they had about the construction workers.

The slide show was able to add detail to the story because you were able to analyze the picture and the caption. Instead of reading a regular online text format you could read the short captions and have a better understanding of what happened. It wasn’t information overload, it was clear and concise. I think the slide show was the most effective type of media in creating a mood to the story. You were able to analyze the picture for an unlimited amount of time and create a lasting impression. The pictures with the captions reminded me of September 11 stories I saw in magazines. The slide show was honoring and remembering the workers that died on the site in a respectful way.

The interactive created a sense of imagery on how the accidents occurred. I found this one to standout the most to me. I really liked how the graphics created an idea of how the deaths occurred. It created a strong mental image. I liked how in for each construction worker and area of the strip you got to read about an OSHA report and a follow up on that incident. Having those helped me understand the safety violations and the severity of these accidents.

The story had links to other stories related to the accidents below the story itself. It was good but had a lot of links and felt kind of overwhelming. I liked how they had links to biographies on the construction worker you clicked on in the interactive.   The story is somewhat kept up to date but there aren’t any links to other articles after 2010. I would put yearly updates on the site. Overall I understand why this story is award winning and shows the advantages of online journalism.


5 Steps to Multimedia Storytelling March 19, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cnwedoe @ 6:06 pm

I took the 5 Steps to Multimedia Storytelling course from the Poynter’s News University site. The course was informative, interesting and a refresher on using a good reporting process.

I chose this course because since taking this class we have learned that online media writing is similar to print media but does have some differences that really set it apart.

The five steps it follows are choosing a story, making a story board, reporting with multimedia,editing for the web and producing the story. The process is similar to print media’s process of creating a story but there are several things you have to consider.

Some things that stood out to me was the process of making a story board and editing for the web. In Media Writing we talked briefly about what goes into making a storyboard but I never knew how intricate it is to create one for multimedia.

You have to consider three important parts when creating your storyboard:

  • Define the Elements- Divide your story into nonlinear parts and consider every detail of your story. Create a paragraph explaining the focus of your story, a “nut graf.” Create profiles of main characters, define the main event, look at pros and cons, examine the background of the situation and look at the process of how something works.
  • Identify the Media- Look at your 6 key options: video, photography, audio,  maps, animated graphs and text. Choose more than 2 of those options to use when telling your story.
  • Storyboard the Concept- On a scratch piece of paper sketch out the main story page and elements it will include. Also consider what multimedia element you will want to include on the main page as the establishing visuals.

When editing your story for the web you have to consider the little  things for the media outlets you used. For example make sure your videos are 1 to 2 minutes in length, no longer or when using audio use subtitles to reinforce important ideas or messages.

The most interesting statement was the suggestion that a writer should save their text for last. Focus on other outlets because the text should only provide information they weren’t able to put in audio, photos, videos, maps or graphics.

Two articles I found that followed these steps well were The Dragon Children and Being a Black Man. I choose these two from the examples and resources page at the end of the course.

After reading both these articles I could tell they saved the text for last. They have more important information in their videos, animated graphics and audio. Since both stories have so much information it was smart to use multiple media outlets.

Looking at a computer screen for long periods of time from reading text can strain your eyes and can sometimes create a headache. Both sites were smart and created short videos, audio and used photos to create a mood to the story. The stories seem well-organized and structured too simply looking at the layouts. I liked how the stories were nonlinear because it let me as a reader control how I read the story.


Top 5 Favorite Minneapolis Eateries March 14, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cnwedoe @ 6:36 pm

I am a Midwest girl at heart. In the summer I dedicate a lot of my time in Minneapolis to finding fun, new and creative restaurants. Three years ago my dad and I started saving articles from the Taste section in the Star Tribune. Once a week we would pick a new place and try their most popular dish on the menu and another dish that would interest us. Since then we have tried so many places its hard to keep track. The 5 on this list are from some of those articles but have also been favorites for many years. My top 5 picks are Stella’s, Rustica, Black Sheep Pizza, Matt’s Bar and Bryant Lake Bowl.

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Obama stresses value of higher education February 27, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cnwedoe @ 6:45 pm
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Wants colleges to acknowledge cost of higher education and success of graduates

Students have easier access to colleges but aren’t aware of the cost and success rates of higher education. Unemployment is growing every year and a large number of people are going to college to keep themselves out of that category. Facts about the modern-day college student:

  • Students with loans are graduating on average with more than $25,000 in debt
  • About 40% of college students in 4 year schools or 2 year programs aren’t graduating ( according to the policy and analysis of College Measures)
  • About 1/5 of community college students do not return for a second year
The federal government pours $140 billion yearly into federal grants and loans.
Students are dropping out, ending up with thousands of dollars in debt and leaving with the inability to successfully read and write. According to the George W. Bush administration in the last decade American higher education has become “increasingly risk-averse, at times self-satisfied and unduly expensive.”

President Barrack Obama wants post-secondary schools to be more vocal about the cost of an education and the success of graduates.

By: Christy Wedoe


About HTML February 21, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cnwedoe @ 5:54 pm

There is a lot more you can learn about HTML. And the best place to turn for complete information on any topic related to Web design is, of course, the Web. The following sites offer helpful tutorials so you can learn more about HTML.

HTML Tutorials: