The Visual Student

2012-2013 Student Clip Contest Points Winners

2012-2013 Student Clip Contest Points Winners

Congratulations to Steph Anderson Chambers of Missouri State University for earning the most points in the NPPA’s 2012-2013 Student Quarterly Clip Contest. It’s been a great year for Chambers. After graduating from college in the spring, she interned in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and just before Thanksgiving started her first full-time job...
Emerging Talent - Patrick Breen

Emerging Talent – Patrick Breen

Patrick Breen grew up in Nebraska graduating from UNL in 2012. He is now a staff photographer for the Arizona Republic after interning there, the Lincoln Journal Star and the Northeast News Company. What brought you to photojournalism? Can you think of one specific moment? I don’t know if there...
Emerging Talent - Brett Carlsen

Emerging Talent – Brett Carlsen

Brett Carlsen was born in Rochester, New York in April of 1986 but grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania.  It took him eight years to finish college as he changed from engineering to art and then to photography finally finishing his degree in photojournalism at RIT in 2012....
Emerging Talent - Samuel Wilson

Emerging Talent – Samuel Wilson

Samuel Wilson is a recent graduate of the University of Montana School of Journalism. He interned at the Fort Collins Coloradoan last summer and was awarded 1st place in multimedia at the 2013 Hearst championship. What brought you to photojournalism/photography? Can you think of one specific moment? I asked a...
The Story Behind "Fly Over Me"

The Story Behind “Fly Over Me”

“Fly Over Me intends to share modern rural American life in Valentine, NE, and the surrounding areas, through interactive documentary multimedia.” The team: Andrew Dickinson is a 22-year-old photographer from Kansas City, but lives most of the year in Lincoln, Neb., where he’s about to be a super senior at...
Emerging Talent - Adam Wolffbrandt

Emerging Talent – Adam Wolffbrandt

Adam Wolffbrandt is a senior at Western Kentucky University. He is currently interning at The Indianapolis Star. He has previously interned at the Lexington Herald-Leader, The Buffalo News, and the Lincoln Journal Star. Adam will be interning for the Chicago Tribune in the fall. See more of Adam’s work here....
Students, Spot News and the Boston Bombing

Students, Spot News and the Boston Bombing

Michelle Jay was on Heartbreak Hill when her phone died. The photo editor of The Daily Free Press at Boston University didn’t think much of it. She was doing double duty, focusing on a few runners and photographing the Boston Marathon for an advanced photojournalism class and for the newspaper. ...
Emerging Talent - Carolyn Van Houten

Emerging Talent – Carolyn Van Houten

Carolyn Van Houten is a junior at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and is currently interning at the Raleigh News & Observer. She is the UNC NPPA chapter president and will be interning for the Chicago Tribune this coming summer. Carolyn’s work has been recognized by Hearst, North...
Emerging Talent - Grant Hindsley

Emerging Talent – Grant Hindsley

Grant Hindsley grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and is a photojournalism student at the University of Missouri. He first interned at the Associated Press in Los Angeles last year and will be interning at the Denver Post for the coming summer. Grant is also a semi-finalist for this...
Emerging Talent - Ian Bates

Emerging Talent – Ian Bates

Ian Bates grew up in the suburban town of North Brunswick, New Jersey. His interest in photography began with his obsession of creating things. First, with a cheap point-and-shoot film camera brought to a field trip to the zoo in elementary school, and later in high school photography classes. The images...
Building Strong Work and a Stronger Community

Building Strong Work and a Stronger Community

The students of the Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Journalism gained great experience and served their community by documenting the devastation of a tornado that killed eight and tore apart the town of Harrisburg in February of 2012. Not only did they cover the aftermath as the news broke,...
Top Five Photojournalism Stories of 2012

Top Five Photojournalism Stories of 2012

According to statistics from a 1000 Memories blog post, about 10 percent of all the photographs ever taken – all 3.875 trillion of them – were shot in 2012. Most photojournalists would agree that it’s been a busy year. With a new year about to begin, this is a subjective...
Student Clip Contest Points Winners

Student Clip Contest Points Winners

Now that the judging is complete for the summer round of the Student Quarterly Clip Contest, we have a points winner for the 2011-2012 year: Susannah Kay, 20, from Ohio University. Tamir Kalifa of the University of Texas placed second and last year’s winner, Jake May of Central Michigan University,...
Internship Perspective: Jordan Stead

Internship Perspective: Jordan Stead

Jordan Stead is Seattle native and 2011 graduate of Western Washington University with a major in visual journalism and a minor in environmental studies.  He has interned and been affiliated with such outlets as ZUMA Press, Seattle Magazine, The Bellingham Herald and The Skagit Valley Herald. His work is recognized...
Emerging Talent - Meg Roussos

Emerging Talent – Meg Roussos

This is a new column featuring students and recent graduates who are working on interesting projects or doing cool things with photography. If you would like to recommend someone for this column, please email Maddie McGarvey at madd...@gmail.com   Meg Roussos is a junior photojournalism student at Ohio University. Last...
Emerging Talent - Jared Hamilton

Emerging Talent – Jared Hamilton

This is a new column featuring students and recent graduates who are working on interesting projects or doing cool things with photography. If you would like to recommend someone for this column, please email Maddie at madd...@gmail.com. Jared Hamilton is senior photojournalism student at Western Kentucky University. He spent 2011...
Internship Perspective: Maddie McGarvey

Internship Perspective: Maddie McGarvey

Maddie McGarvey is a senior at Ohio University and interned at the San Francisco Chronicle this past summer. She is the President of Ohio University’s chapter of National Press Photographers Association and is the current student representative for NPPA. She recently won the LUCEO Student Project Award with her story...
Student Chat: Down Time is Prep Time

Student Chat: Down Time is Prep Time

Good evening … we’ll be starting up our chat here shortly. For those joining us for the first time, a few notes. When submitting a question, please let us know who you are and where you’re from. All questions will go into moderation and we’ll pick the best ones for...
Finding the Dots to Connect

Finding the Dots to Connect

Good evening … we’ll be starting up our chat here shortly. For those joining us for the first time, a few notes. When submitting a question, please let us know who you are and where you’re from. All questions will go into moderation and we’ll pick the best ones for...
Fantastic Multimedia from Mountain Workshops 2011

Fantastic Multimedia from Mountain Workshops 2011

This year, students at the 37th annual Mountain Workshops chronicled the lives of people in Somerset, Kentucky. Here are four intimate stories from multimedia participants Maya Sugarman, Andrea Wise, Catherine Spangler and Mimi Schiffman. Maya Sugarman is a staff photographer for the Antelope Valley Press in Palmdale, Calif., and a...
Internship Perspective: Maddie Meyer

Internship Perspective: Maddie Meyer

Maddie Meyer is a sophomore photojournalism student from Arlington, Virginia, currently studying at Ohio University. Before completing an internship at The Hill, she also worked for the Connection Newspapers in Maryland and Virginia. During my internship at The Hill in Washington, D.C., I got the chance to see what it...
Internship Perspective: Taylor Glascock

Internship Perspective: Taylor Glascock

Taylor Glascock recently graduated from the University of Missouri with an undergraduate degree in photojournalism with a minor in film studies. While in school, she worked as a photographer and photo editor at the Columbia Missourian, and just finished a summer internship at The Columbus Dispatch. Currently, Taylor is on...
Insights and Experiences from the 2011 Eddie Adams Workshop

Insights and Experiences from the 2011 Eddie Adams Workshop

Each year at the Eddie Adams Workshop, students of diverse backgrounds and skill sets descend on Jeffersonville, New York, only to come away with different, yet intense experiences. Here are four alumni of the XXIV Barnstormers. Andrew Dickinson, 20, grew up in Overland Park, Kan., and attends the University of...
Student Quarterly Clip Contest Points Winners

Student Quarterly Clip Contest Points Winners

If you look at Central Michigan University senior Jake May’s blog, you get the feeling he’s a busy guy. Whether it’s tornado damage in Missouri, auto racing in Michigan or a county fair in Indiana, May prolifically photographs the Midwestern communities where he studies, freelances and interns. Ten winning clips...
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Emerging Talent – Lindsey Wasson

Lindsey Wasson graduated from Seattle University in 2013 with a BFA in Photography. She interned at SeattlePI.com while in school and then for The Seattle Times last summer, where she now works as a temporary staff photographer until September.  Q: You’ve recently graduated from Seattle University and now work for The Seattle Times. How did...

Timber & Frame Video Production Q&A: Ben Severance

Ben Severance is a recent graduate of the Western Kentucky University photojournalism program. As the founder of Timber & Frame, an award winning production company, Ben has worked with humanitarian organizations from Sarajevo to Kingston to Alabama. His work has been recognized by the Associated Collegiate Press and William Randolph Hearst Journalism Awards. Originally from...

NPPA General Counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher on the Importance of the Glik and Alvarez Cases

In a phone interview for the Top Five Photojournalism Stories of 2012, NPPA General Counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher talked about the importance of the settlement of the Glik (in the First Circuit) and Alvarez (in the Seventh Circuit) cases. Both decisions affirmed the right of amateurs and professionals to record the police in public. Below...

Emerging Talent- Andrew Dickinson

Andrew Dickinson is a senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is originally from Kansas City, but has spent most of his time living in Nebraska since he started college. Check out more of his work here. Why did you go to India? I went to India along with a group of three professors and...
Emerging Talent- Austin Koester

Emerging Talent- Austin Koester

From the photographer: I grew up in Nowheresville, Ga. I don’t find self worth in my work.  It’s not who I am. I have no glamorous story of picking up a camera as a small boy. I have never developed film in a dark room. I don’t really know how I got involved in photography. But I...
Emerging Talent - Tamir Kalifa

Emerging Talent – Tamir Kalifa

TAMIR KALIFA of Kensington, MD, is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a major in photojournalism. From 2007-2008, he studied cinematography at the FAMU International Film Academy in Prague, Czech Republic. Tamir spent last summer freelancing in Israel, where his images appeared on the front page of The Jerusalem Post. He has also been...
Designing a Better Portfolio Website: Part 3

Designing a Better Portfolio Website: Part 3

There’s no law against bad design. Good thing, because many popular websites are terrible. For media outlets, the challenge of presenting reams of rotating content often produces visually unfriendly pages. The New York Times may practice great journalism, but according to Andy Rutledge, the website “presents a rather typical example of terribly-designed news.“ It doesn’t take Nancy Drew to...
Designing a Better Portfolio Website: Part 2

Designing a Better Portfolio Website: Part 2

You’ve read Part 1 of this series. You understand your potential audience, you’ve edited your photos with clear navigation in mind and you’ve professionalized yourself on social media. You’re feeling inspired and productive. You sit down at your computer, ready to put your work online. And…uh-oh. Suddenly, building a website feels as daunting as hand...

Next Live Student Chat – Sunday Dec. 11 9:00PM ET

Down Time is Prep Time Ahh … winter break. A couple of weeks with nothing to do. Decompress, catch up with some buddies, tell all those high school kids how much cooler things were when you were there … ahhh, relaxation. Don’t worry about your future. Don’t worry about your impending graduation. Or those summer...
Designing a Better Portfolio Website: Part 1

Designing a Better Portfolio Website: Part 1

A photojournalist needs a website. Having a portfolio website in 2011 is as pro forma as getting your pictures in focus. Editors use portfolio websites to find freelancers, gauge job and internship applicants and follow the progress of photographers they know. Potential subjects use websites to see if you’ll present them fairly. Yet for some...
Jasper Herald Fall Internship Apps Due February 1st

Jasper Herald Fall Internship Apps Due February 1st

The Herald in Jasper, Ind. is now accepting internship applications for their 2012 Fall internship:

Finding the Dots to Connect – Student Chat Sunday Nov. 6

All through your life, you’ve been told that who you know is just as important as what you know. But how do you find those people to know? For starters, it’s more than handing out business cards at a conference. On Sunday, Nov. 6 at 9 p.m. the NPPA will host its next Student Chat...