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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...
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, they transmitted for daily media...

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...
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 by the National Press Photographers...
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 use in the chat. We...

NEW: Sunday Student Chats

Are You Prepped to Network? Join NPPA President Sean Elliot, Student Committee Chair Bettina Hansen, Student Chapters Committee Chair Michael P. King, Education Committee Chair Mark E. Johnson and Student Representative Maddie McGarvey for an online chat to talk about finding internships and jobs. We’ll talk about what you need to get started, tips on...
Advice for a Freshman (Applicable to Everyone)

Advice for a Freshman (Applicable to Everyone)

The first few weeks of school are over now, as hundreds of new photojournalism students have embarked on the adventure of the lifetime, filled with ideas, passion and aspirations. Yet this is also a time of uncertainty, nervousness and finding one’s own way. After talking to some current students and PJ grads, I wanted to...

Eddie Adams Workshop Q&A: Melissa Lyttle

This is the second part of our Q&A series looking back at the experiences of Alumni of the Eddie Adams Workshop, a gathering of 100 students held annually in Jeffersonville, NY. Applications are due May 27, 2011. Melissa Lyttle is a staff photographer at the St. Petersburg Times and founder of APhotoADay.  Lyttle was a...

Eddie Adams Workshop Q&A: Tim Rasmussen

This is the first Q&A in a series looking back at the experiences of Alumni of the Eddie Adams Workshop, a gathering of 100 students held annually in Jeffersonville, NY. Applications are due May 27, 2011. Tim Rasmussen was part of first Eddie Adams Workshop in 1988 and has since been a long time supporter...

Eye Contact: The Hartford Courant

The Hartford Courant unveiled a photo blog called Eye Contact.

Covering the oil spill and freelance advice: Patrick Semansky

Patrick Semansky is a temporary staff photographer with The Associated Press.  Semansky covered the Deepwater Horizon oil well explosion and leak. Semansky grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, Calif., with a BA in English in 2006. Semansky moved to Louisiana in September 2006 and...