Candidates for the Board of Directors-Still/Newspaper/Print
Candidates for the Board of Directors-Video/TV/Broadcast
After three years serving on the NPPA board of directors, I've seen the organization reach an exciting point - and I want to be there to help usher in the new NPPA that we ALL want to see. I'm happy to say that the board has become more diverse and better serving of its members across all platforms since I joined in 2014.
My place on the board is important. I'm asking for your vote so that I can continue to represent the voice of our younger visual journalists, and those from the broadcast side of the industry. I have worked in newspapers, television and radio, so I hold a unique ability to understand and diplomatically balance the needs of all our members.
I also represent the interests of the NPPA News Video Workshop, where I joined the faculty in 2016. For all those video journalists who have attended the workshop, you know the power we hold to improve television news storytelling across the country. My position on the board is important to make sure we have a voice among the NPPA's leadership. In the past year, I helped spearhead a resolution to guarantee broadcast representation on the NPPA board of directors, starting with this election. I also successfully introduced a new policy allowing discounted membership rates for university faculty who lead student chapters.
I am eager to continue the momentum I've seen this new NPPA gain in the last couple years and ask for your vote to help me represent the video members as we all move forward together.
Katie Schoolov is a video journalist for KPBS, the PBS and NPR affiliate in San Diego, California. She shoots and edits in-depth features and spot news for the KPBS Evening Edition nightly newscast, reporting her own stories or looking for visually creative approaches for team projects. She is a San Diego native and returned to cover her hometown after working as a video journalist for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Las Vegas Sun.
Katie got her start as a print reporter and video journalist for a daily newspaper in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she primarily covered ongoing election violence in Zimbabwe and the resulting emigration. She has freelanced for PBS NewsHour Weekend, and interned for the Associated Press, where she produced internationally circulated videos and wrote A-Wire stories.
Katie won RTDNA Golden Mike Awards in 2015 and 2016, the 2016 San Diego SPJ Sol Price Prize for Responsible Journalism, has been nominated for four Emmy awards, and was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. She also has multiple first place photography awards from the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the San Diego Press Club. She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she also rowed for the Northwestern Crew Team.
She is passionate about public media, and about NPPA - which has shaped her career in incredibly helpful ways and protected her rights as a journalist. When she's not behind a camera (or sometimes she still is), she loves to snowboard, SCUBA dive, go on long runs with her dog, and seek adventure all over the world. She's seen 36 countries so far, but her best stories still come from her own hometown, and just across the border in Mexico.
Candidates for the Board of Directors-Still/Newspaper/Print
Milbert O. Brown, Jr. is an assistant professor at Howard University’s School of Communications. Professor Brown teaches design, multimedia, photojournalism, and visual communications in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film.
In addition to his teaching duties, the professor serves as the Editor of The Oracle Magazine, the official international membership publication for Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Also, Brown is still an active independent photojournalist and writer.
On campus, Brown serves as the faculty advisor for Howard University’s student chapter of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). In March 2016, Brown with a group of Howard students started NPPA’s 14th student chapter and the first chapter at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). According to NPPA’s Monthly newsletter, the establishment of the chapter is, “a testament to NPPA’s commitment to promoting diversity in the organization and industry.” During September 2016, the chapter hosted A-Photo-Day’s 2016 GeekFest Photo Conference at Howard University. Professor Brown coordinated the two-day event on campus for over 300 GeekFest attendees.
Brown is no stranger to NPPA organizational structure. He joined NPPA as a student member in the mid-1970s, later becoming Ball State University’s student chapter president. More importantly, Brown sat at the feet of three of NPPA’s legendary photojournalism instructors: NPPA Founder, Joseph Costa at Ball State, and as an Ohio University graduate student of Chuck Scott and Terry Eiler.
In 2006, Brown was a recipient of NPPA’s McLaughlin Award of Merit. As the first African American picture editor at the Chicago Tribune in the early 1990s, Brown became concerned with the lack of diversity in the industry. He noted that there was a limited representation of minority image-makers receiving opportunities to work on major photographic projects and or invited as seminar presenters.
The Indiana native graduated from Ball State University with a B.S. in journalism. He also earned the Master of Arts degree from Ohio University’s prestigious School of Visual Communication. Currently, Brown is completing his doctorate studies (ABD) in Higher Education Leadership at Morgan State University.
During his over three-decade journey as a storyteller, Brown has served as an editor, photojournalist, and writer. His distinguished career afforded him the opportunity to work at some of the nation's best newspapers including the Boston Globe and the Chicago Tribune. While at the Tribune, he shared journalism's highest honor—the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for Explanatory Reporting as a contributing staff member.
I am interested in running for the NPPA’s board because I would like to strengthen diversity within the organization. Too often the same individuals are highlighted. NPPA needs to create more project and speaking opportunities which embraces diversity. The challenge is to encourage our leadership to accept both old and new ideas from all members who are involved in the organization’s visual landscape called storytelling.
I also believe that diversity provides educational and interpretative insights by sharing ideas that reflect the greatness of the world community. For NPPA to grow, it must continue to embrace the inclusion of all people from unrepresented America avenues by promoting diversity awareness throughout the global reaches of our organization.
Dougal Brownlie is an award winning visual journalist from a small college town of Bellingham, Washington, an hour's drive north of Seattle. From a young age, the passion for photography and capturing everyday moments had always captivated Dougal's interest and he could always be seen capturing photos and a camera swinging from his neck as he ran to capture that next frame. In the fall of 2012 Dougal took the opportunity to pursue his love for visual storytelling and move to Ventura, California to attend Brooks Institute and pursue a Bachelor of Science in Visual Journalism.
A Washington state native Dougal began his professional career working freelancing for smaller papers in and around the Ventura country area including the Ventura Country Star and Ojai Valley News while pursuing his bachelor's degree in Visual Journalism from Brooks Institute graduating in April 2015. He accepted a job at the St. Joseph News-Press as a full time staff photojournalist in October 2015 and spent his time in the heartland of America on assignment in the greater portion of Northwest Missouri while exploring the surrounding states including Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Arkansas. In April 2017, he started his second job at the the Colorado Springs Gazette as a full time staff photojournalist and videographer. He now spends his time exploring what 'The Springs' and surrounding areas of the state of Colorado have to offer.
Dougal was a grateful attendee of the Eddie Adams Workshop in Jeffersonville, New York in October of 2015 as part of the class of XXVIII working under the guidance of the sports industry's best of Al Bello (head sports photographer of Getty North America) and Brad Smith (former DOP of Sports Illustrated) as well as Robert Caplin founder of Photo Brigade in New York City. Dougal was the recipient of a gold medal by the College Photographer of the Year’s judging in sports feature in November of 2015. In 2016 he was honored with a full ride scholarship through the Missouri Press Association to attend the 68th edition of Missouri Photo Workshop held in the small town of 3,500 people; Cuba, Missouri. In the fall of 2016, Dougal returned to the Eddie Adams Workshop, this time as an appreciative alumnus serving as a member on the Black Team that helps to run the workshop for the incoming class of XXIX.
Seventeen years ago, Sherry decided to teach herself architectural photography and landed her first contract, leaving behind a career in international development. Eight years later, she began her tenure at National Geographic magazine where she spent the next seven-plus years working as an editor on award-winning magazine content, Daily News still and video content, Proof photography blog, and Your Shot photo content. She has been a judge and portfolio reviewer for the Eddie Adams Workshop, NPPA’s Northern Short Course, and WPOW’s annual seminar and portfolio review, and a photo contest judge for the Military Photographer of the Year (MILPHOG) Contest and others. In 2014, she completed NPPA’s Multimedia Immersion. Sherry is currently a Senior Photo Editor for the US Department of State’s International Information Programs.
With a strong visual journalism ethic and a keen sense of narrative she is devoted to visual storytelling in all its forms.
Sherry is a seasoned professional who is dedicated to the highest ethical standards. She is committed to giving back to the community through volunteer work as a portfolio reviewer, NPPA mentor and other activities. She is devoted to the pursuit of equality at every level of the industry and the aggressive proliferation and adoption of anti-harassment standards in every corner of the field.
As an NPPA Board member, Sherry would devote herself to upholding and advancing NPPA’s mission of advocacy, leadership, and training, and would be committed to promoting and communicating its code of ethics.
Serving on the NPPA Board as the still/newspaper/print representative would be an opportunity to work with like-minded professionals to “advocate and (serve) … visual journalists across all disciplines” for the industry’s most effective and respected organization.
A longtime NPPA member, John has spoken on business practices multiple times at the Northern Short Course, and was a national traveling speaker on the Flying Short Course and Business Blitz speakers series, and previously has served on the NPPA National Board, and is now seeking re-election.
For almost three decades, John has covered the world of politics, traveled internationally, and worked as a photographer. Harrington's work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, Time, Life, Newsweek, The National Geographic Society, and Rolling Stone, among many others.
John’s best-selling book, Best Business Practices for Photographers entered it’s 3rd edition in the Fall of 2017, and John has produced three commissioned books for the Smithsonian.
In addition to working on behalf of NPPA members through NPPA educational programs, John has lectured across the United States to events for the American Society of Media Photographers, American Photographic Artists, and Professional Photographers of America. John also previously served two terms as the President of the White House News Photographers Association in May of 2011.
A 2007 recipient of the United Nations' Leadership Award in the field of photography, John also received the NPPA's Morris Berman Citation in 2007 for special contributions advancing the interests of photojournalism, and in 2013 John received the J. Winton Lemen Fellowship Award for continuing outstanding service in the interests of press photography and for outstanding technical achievement in photography.
Brent is the co-founder of Diversify.Photo and Senior Photo Editor of ESPN’s The Undefeated, where he drives the visual language of the website that is based around intersection of sports, race and culture. Before joining The Undefeated, he was a staff photojournalist at The Denver Post covering the vast land of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Reg. Through the years his photos have been used by the Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, Associated Press, Forbes and Yahoo! News as well as in the RedEye, MetroMix and in the Chicago Reporter.
BP Miller is the owner (along with his wife Michele) of Chorus Photography based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His studio and his work have been published in numerous publications such The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Style Magazine, and many more. Chorus Photography focuses their lenses on a range of client stories from local, family run businesses to non-profits, actors, musicians, politicians, dignitaries and so much more. BP is the current Mid-Atlantic Region Chair for the NPPA, and volunteers his free time to speak across the country educating both photographers and business people alike about non-profit photography, business skills, and photojournalists’ rights. You can normally bribe an hour of his time with a good bottle of red wine and the understanding he will likely bring out photos of his amazingly expressive, well documented dog, Murphy.
Sarah A. Miller is the Chief Photographer at the Tyler Morning Telegraph in Tyler, Texas. She joined NPPA as a student member in college at Central Michigan University and has been an active member ever since competing in the monthly clip contests. Sarah was a speaker at the 2017 NPPA Women in Visual Journalism Conference. She spoke about working in a small news market and gave self-care tips for on-the-job stress.
Tara Pixley is a freelance photojournalist, photo editor and lecturer in visual journalism based in San Diego, CA. She has worked as a photo editor for Newsweek, CNN and Creative Loafing and her clients range from editorial to commercial organizations, including the New York Times, ESPN, ProPublica, MilkLife, Cushman and Wakefield, among others. Tara’s personal photographic, filmic and scholarly work focuses on rethinking visual representations of gender and race in documentary imagery. Her documentary film work has been screened from Los Angeles to Paris and her writing on the news image has been published in news magazines, academic journals and news media trade journals. Most recently, Tara’s Nieman Reports cover article on the problem of inequity in photojournalism was awarded a first place FOLIO Ozzie Award in the B2B Article category. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism of Harvard University and is completing a PhD in media studies at UC San Diego.
Over the past 40 years Tom has been responsible for all aspects of photography including public relations, tabletop, product, sports, fashion, interiors, location, and roomsets. He has worked in all formats from 8x10 view camera to the current digital format.
Tom has photographed Professional NBA and NHL as well as Miss USA and Miss Universe. His work has taken him from the disaster relief efforts in Haiti to Papal Mass ceremonies in the Vatican. He has vast experience in aspects of photography from the studio to location and now the run and gun style of corporate photography.
Currently he serves as the in house photographer for the K of C and has created a workflow system to move the images from the camera, to post production and then transferred into the archives to meet all accepted protocols and standards.
Tom is also the Founder and President of a successful 501c3 Corporation. Because of his expertise in the religious field he has received appointments as Board Member to groups in Portugal and has been Knighted in three Papal approved Knighthoods.
I'm running for the Board of Directors for the National Press Photographers Association, because I believe it it's mission. The support, resources and guidance it provides our profession is important and rare. I've been fortunate to be a part of it for many years - as a student member, a professional member and most recently a board member. NPPA has been formative throughout my career. it's provided opportunities and a sense of community that has been constant. Additionally, serving on the board has helped me develop an even greater appreciation of what goes behind the scenes to keep it running.
It's impressive how much people care, and are willing to donate so much of their time to keep it vibrant and vital.
In the end, I can think of few organizations that have been as helpful as NPPA. I'd like to continue being a part of the tradition, while supporting and helping to foster our community. It's a community I believe in, and one that I admire. Thank you for the consideration.
Ross Taylor is a current Board of Directors’ member of NPPA, and is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. Previously, he was a visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was the inaugural fellow in the Multimedia, Photography and Design Department at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University.
His professional’s recognitions include Photographer of the Year (Large Markets), Northern Photographer of the Year, NPPA’s Region One Photographer of the Year, Virginia Photographer of the Year and North Carolina Photographer of the Year (twice). His coverage of an Afghanistan trauma hospital garnered numerous international and national awards, and his work has also appeared on the cover of the Best of Photojournalism Magazine (twice). A film he worked on while in graduate school was an Academy Award semifinalist in the student documentary category.