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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 as a photojournalist at the...
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.  Around 3 p.m., she noticed...

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...
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 look back at what we...
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, came in third. You can...
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...
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...
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 earned Jake 390 points- 1st...

The Student Clip Recap

Now that the results are in for the first quarter of the revamped NPPA Student Clip Contest, let’s look at the numbers. Students from about 20 schools in all NPPA regions submitted nearly 400 still images and multimedia pieces.  The winning work showed an equally diverse expanse, from a Tijuana street corner to a factory...