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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...
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...
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...
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 use in the chat. We...
Live Chat on Internship and Job Searches

Live Chat on Internship and Job Searches

Just wanted to post a few links relating to the talk, thanks to all who participated! – Bettina William Snyder on Internships Portfolio Tips from Michael P. King Francis Gardler’s Internship Postings PhotoPhilanthropy.org Idealist.org Julie Elman’s Resume Series

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)

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...

Chat Session with President Sean Elliot

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...

Two of a kind, Photographer Couples: Nicole Frugé and Preston Gannaway

This is the fifth part of a series about photographer couples, called “Two of a Kind.” This post features Nicole Frugé and Preston Gannaway. Previous posts in the series are Carla Winn and Jim Winn, Meggan Haller and Jeff Haller, Kendrick Brinson and David Walter Banks and Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber. James Bryant is...

Two of a Kind, Photographer Couples: Carla Winn and Jim Winn

This is the fourth part of a series about photographer couples, called “Two of a Kind.” This post features Carla Winn and Jim Winn. View their website here. Previous posts in the series are on Meggan Haller and Jeff Haller, Kendrick Brinson and David Walter Banks and Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber. Semi-trucks slowly make...