Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013
SIU Students Take Snapshots in Harrisburg
HARRISBURG -- If you live in Harrisburg, don't be alarmed if someone wants to take your picture this weekend. SIU journalism students are spending the weekend in the community documenting daily life for a book they hope to publish.
Jessica Tezak and fellow SIU students are exploring Harrisburg and the surrounding area and residents have been very welcoming so far.
"I asked if I could sit on her step for a second and then she just invited me in. Now, I'm going there for dinner tonight," explained Tezak.
It's not her first time in town, she and other photojournalism students were dispatched to Harrisburg after the Leap Day tornado. The group published a book, raising $15,000 for storm victims.
The pictures they're taking this weekend are for a different type of book. A project designed to give students experience and to highlight southern Illinois communities
"What a wonderful way to follow up that tornado," said Assistant Professor Mark Dolan.
More than 30 students are working with 14 professional photographers. Dolan says book sales will cover printing costs and gallery sized prints will be available to the city.
"The students get something out of it. The school gets something out of it. The community gets something out of it," Dolan said.
The SIU students will be in Harrisburg until Sunday evening. Next semester another class will design and publish the book. It's expected to be available for sale in the spring.
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