Archive for September, 2009

090929bulldogtimesI’m really enjoying what Jimmy Monroe, Emily King, and the Bulldog Times staff are putting out with their online edition. Lots of video content and the freshness that student journalism has to offer.

Multimedia is the future of journalism whether or not us ink-stained wretches are happy about it. I’ve always been a tech- and net-friendly guy, so I for one am excited about the new opportunities unfolding for delivering news and storytelling in new and important ways.

I’ve long advised the journalism classes at Bandera and Medina both on camera gear purchases, and have even given presentations to the Bandera class. It’s always great to see how students new to the game of journalism interpret and present their news.

I’m a journalism junkie and just finished watching the entire first season of The Paper on iTunes. If you want to see what high school journalism is like at the largest high school in the country, it’s a great documentary put on by MTV.

Some other favorite TV and movie interpretations of journalism include State of Play with Russel Crowe (which I rented recently over at Video Outlet), The Wire’s final season, and of course the old TV show Lou Grant.

The dead-tree newspapers of Bandera County have anything but multimedia or social media on their minds, so at this point, the Bulldog Times is leading the local path toward Journalism 2.0.

(Bulldog Cheerleader Senior Co-Captain Holly Garwood’s response to reporter Randi Thomas’ question about what the cheer team has learned “after a hard year” is priceless: “Our team has learned what not to do.” Love it!)

30 Sep 2009

Bulldog Times now has an online edition

Author: James Taylor | Filed under: Community Journalism, Sports

I just FTP’d this week’s Bulletin over to press, so the Wednesday paper should be rolling within the hour. is also updated and will post stories this evening after the paper hits the streets.

Tuesday mornings are when we do final proof reading and corrections before meeting our press deadline. Publisher Christina Ryrholm looks at all the pages on Monday night once they have been laid out and then again Tuesday morning to catch anything missed the first time around.

This morning time also gives us the opportunity to get in any late-breaking stories or information on stories already written. For example, an investigator with the Bandera County Sheriff’s Office brought in some updated information this morning on the benefit fund for Sergeant Gerald Johnson Jr. which we were able to get in.

You can read about the story over at (although the comments section is better reading), the latest updates on Jerry at the Wives of the Shield web site, and I’ve reprinted some of the benefit information below for those who want to help out:

Wives of The Shield, a support group for law enforcement wives, has set up an account at Bank of the Hills in Kerrville, under the name Wives of The Shield for the benefit of Jerry Johnson, to help with expenses. The Johnsons have one child.

Johnson can be visited at University Hospital in San Antonio. Blood may be donated at University Hospital’s third floor, contact Cindy Moreno. Donate in the name of Jerry Johnson and he receives a credit on his hospital bill.

For more information, visit”

29 Sep 2009

Paper to Press for Sept. 30 edition

Author: James Taylor | Filed under: Community Journalism

I apologize for the lack of photo updates here on If you’ve spoken with me in person, you know why this is. If you haven’t, I’m not really at liberty to be candid with the details here on the Net.

As vaguely as I can explain it, I am no longer subsidizing the Bulletin’s photography budget with my professional equipment, and the newspaper has given me a broken point-and-shoot camera with which to shoot Bandera County sports for the foreseeable future.

If you want to know my feelings on this, don’t hesitate to ask.

I hope that the situation will change for the better in the near future, but from what I’ve been told, it’s highly unlikely. I think this is quite unfortunate.

Luckily there is some light at the end of the tunnel in the form of a number of very good local photographers who are shooting Bandera County sports as freelancers this year. Check out the work of Spencer Smith, Ken Lane and Rick Mender to get your sports photo fix.

And what of Many good things are on the horizon. Bookmark away and come back often; what you’ll see here in the near future is unlike anything that’s graced the Internet landscape of Bandera County. Those of you who know me well know I don’t make such boasts without warrant.

Stay tuned – it’s about to get good!

28 Sep 2009

Starting over all over again

Author: James Taylor | Filed under: News, Sports

The Medina Bobcats fell to the TMI Panthers 53-14 in varsity football action last night, Sept. 4.

You can see all of my photos from the game at

5 Sep 2009

Medina vs. TMI

Author: James Taylor | Filed under: Sports