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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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...
Internship Perspective: Joel Hawksley

Internship Perspective: Joel Hawksley

Joel Hawksley is a senior studying photojournalism at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Originally from Kent, Ohio, he recently completed a summer internship at The Seattle Times. He was also a student at this year’s Eddie Adams Workshop in Jeffersonville, New York. Last summer, he interned at the Grand Rapids Press. His work has been...
Internship Perspective: Ryan Young

Internship Perspective: Ryan Young

Ryan Young is originally from Toledo, Ohio and is now a senior studying photojournalism at Ohio University. Aside from recently completing his internship at the Grand Rapids Press he has also completed an internship with The Elkhart Truth in Indiana. His work has been recognized by College Photographer of the Year, the Hearst Journalism Awards...
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...

NPPF: New Scholarships for Returning Students

According to the National Press Photographers Foundation, six grants of $4,000 each, called the NPPF-NPPA Career Expansion Scholarships, will be awarded this year. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2011. Photojournalists with least three years of experience, who have had editorial work published, and returned to school in the last year, are eligible to...
Internship Perspective - The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Internship Perspective – The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Leah Millis lives in Denver, the city where she was born. After going to Knox College in Illinois for two years, she transferred to Metropolitan State College of Denver to pursue photojournalism. Millis has worked as a photographer and photo editor at The Metropolitan, the school’s student newspaper, and done internships at The Loveland Daily...
Enter Now - TIME: The Next Generation

Enter Now – TIME: The Next Generation

Recently announced by TIME and their fantastic photography blog, LightBox: This fall, TIME invites talented student photographers dedicated to honing their craft, whether it be photojournalism, portraiture, still life, conceptual or fine art, to submit a portfolio of at least 10 but no more than 20 photos for review by our editors. All applicants must...

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

Call For Entries – 66th College Photographer of the Year – Due Sept. 28th

College Photographer of the Year is now accepting entries for the annual contest. For some more insight on CPOY preparation and interviews with recent winners, check out The Visual Student archive of CPOY posts. From The CPOY.org site: “It’s time! Time to pull together the best of your images from the past year for entry...

AnnArbor Paid Internship Apps Due Aug. 16th!

AnnArbor.com is seeking a photographer/multimedia journalist for our new fall internship. Web-based publication that also puts out two print editions every week. Undergrad or recent graduate for a full-time, paid internship. Intern must provide camera equipment, but will have access to our Nikon 300mm and 400mm lenses. Assignments will range from prep sports and festivals...