Pulitzer Prize winner Judy Walgren: 5 tips to improve our photojournalism skills

In 1994, photojournalist Judy Walgren won the Pulitzer Prize for her work documenting female genital mutilation in Africa. Since then, Judy has completed a number of projects depicting war zones, famines, draughts and all kinds of human crisis around the globe. Today we had the opportunity to get to know Judy and ask her about her best tips to create visual impact and convey the drama behind these realities, through a photo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBvOn95XzII&feature=youtu.be

Use your grid: Judy recommends using the grid on your screen or viewfinder while working on the composition of a photo. The idea is to position your main elements on either one of the junctions on the grid.

A walk with Detroit’s favorite demon

A red demon whose presence indicates doom for Detroit may seem like a strange cause for organizing, but each March the idea of the Nain Rouge brings hundreds to the historic Cass Corridor. The reason for this gathering is the annual Marche Du Nain Rouge. The Marche is an event run primarily by volunteers and occurs each year at the end of March. The event is a parade of sorts in the style of Mardi Gras, one that turns the spectator into a participant. This is one of the things that keeps Patrick Kage, 52, coming each year.

Michigan State University spreads sexual assault awareness across campus

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and this nationally recognized campaign is attempting to educate the nation on sexual violence, increase public awareness and prevent these acts from occurring across the United States, including college campuses such as Michigan State University. One way that Michigan State has been spreading awareness is by hosting a large variety of events. Some of the past events included a 5k, yoga sessions, coffee hours and a special day to wear teal: the color of sexual assault awareness and prevention. 

In addition to these events in East Lansing, on Tuesday, April 16, the MSU museum opened an exhibit called Finding our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak. The exhibit commemorates the sexual assault survivors of former Michigan State osteopathic physician Larry Nassar and draws attention to the pain that he has caused these women, while also creating a sense of hope and healing for the survivors. 

A piece of art with the aim to create this sense of hope is a butterfly dress created by Nassar survivor Alexandra Bourque. The dress is created out of over 300 tie-dye butterflies of bright and vibrant colors, spread out as if they are flying to become part of the dress. 

Bourque, 28, said the dress started off as a display for her store, Brightlytwisted, in Corktown, Detroit.

Hundreds of teal flags along Grand River to honor survivors

Hundreds of teal prayer flags will soon fly high over Grand River Avenue in a project to honor sexual abuse survivors. Exactly 505 flags, one for every known survivor of former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse, will line the street throughout April, which is sexual assault awareness month. Each one has a survivor’s name embroidered on it. Students and community members detailed the flags with messages of support. More than 4,000 people have helped personalize the flags.

Watch Focal Point: President Trump comes to Grand Rapids, and MSU engineers device for the hearing impaired

On this edition of Focal Point, get a preview of what MSU engineers are creating for people with hearing loss. Also, President Donald Trump rallies in Grand Rapids. Learn more about possible health benefits of medical marijuana. In sports, find out how MSU forward Nick Ward was able to make it to March Madness. These stories and more on this edition of Focal Point.