Sochi 2014 interactive graphic. This is a test, only a test.

Hi Everyone,

I am trying to teach my students how to create an interactive graphic that includes, audio, video, text, photo galleries and supposedly Twitter should work. Everything I’m doing has to be made public or I can’t see how it’s working, so that means you get to see the errors too. Bear with me.

I’ve spent SIX hours on this so far. I had a list of things to do, but was determined to have an “OK” understanding on this to share with class tomorrow. Twitter code isn’t working and I’m trying to figure out the solution. In the meantime, it’s nice to know that you have to have a video that allows you to embed before it will post. It appears my NYT,, CNN and USA Today links are working. Plus, I want the graphic to be bigger on the blog. Give me some time to work it out. Sorry it’s not complete. Anyhoo -

This graphic is a timeline. The top part is interactive media assets. The bottom part is a timeline that will show highlights like a traditional timeline.

There will be an arrow on the left-right sides of the graphic. Click on that to have the slideshow scroll. Click on the individual links to see the content I’ve collected. I will keep updating to make it more professional. Keep checking. - Thanks, Al

Rowan Oak, William Faulkner’s home in Oxford, Miss. Shoot-out time.

New tradition in My Jour375 class. Shoot-out at Rowan Oak. I was pleasantly surprised to see what they came up with for this assignment. I think they did a great job, inspiring, actually. I have grown to love Ole Miss and I love my students. 

Please visit his website for more photography humor.

Please visit his website for more photography humor.

Different angle and rule of third assignments. I love what these students are doing. With thought, energy, patience and a good eye, there’s nothing they can’t do. So proud. 

A few great images from Fall 2013 students at Ole Miss. Rule of third and pictorial assignments. Me thinks they’ve got it.

Harry & Helen by Danny Wilcox Frazier and

This is a beautifully told story by photojournalist Danny Wilcox Frazier. did the editing. This is a love story. Please check out the other stories on Brian Storm’s company website. Storytelling at it’s best.

“For me, the subject of the picture is always more important than the picture.”  ― Diane Arbus

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” 
― Henri Cartier-Bresson

(Amen!! My first professional critique. My mentor, Curt Chandler, once said, “Just keep shooting.” I walked away confused. I wanted something that I thought was deeper. Hindsight…he was SO right. Practice makes you a stronger visual storyteller…Al Steele.)


As I teach our students about ethics and just reporting the visual facts, I can’t help but wonder if I’m a dinosaur. I look at articles today and read nothing but editorialized comments. What happened to unbiased and fair reporting? I refuse to buckle and let our students just do what everyone else is doing - for my class, anyway. Not gonna happen.

Student gallery of photojournalism images on display in Farley Hall. Our students are producing great work. 8.28.13