Candidates for the Board of Directors-Still/Newspaper/Print
Candidates for the Board of Directors-Video/TV/Broadcast
I am running for a position on the NPPA’s board of directors because I want to give back. I credit my involvement with the NPPA over the past fourteen years as a significant factor in my development into the photojournalist and now, manager, that I am today. As a former Associate Regional Chair and current Regional Chair, I’ve spent time and energy trying to bring together the still/print and TV/video worlds of our membership in our most populous region. I ask for your support for this board position to continue this work.
Oliver Janney is the Senior Field Production Supervisor at CNN DC, and the current Regional Chair of NPPA Mid-Atlantic.
Oliver started his career as a sophomore Media Studies major in 2000 at Goucher College by day, and as the first overnight editor at WBFF when the station launched their morning news program in 2000. Upon graduating in 2003, he accepted a position to join the faculty at Goucher College as a lecturer of studio and field television production. He also joined the ranks of the staff at WJZ-TV, the Baltimore CBS O&O. First as a freelance writer, then as a freelance cameraman, then 13 months later as a staff photographer. In 2006, he was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with a Regional Emmy Award for general news assignment reporting within 24 hours.
In 2007, Oliver joined CNN NewSource in Washington D.C. As one of two dedicated NewSource photojournalists, he travelled the country covering breaking news and the 2008 Presidential race. In 2009, he joined the CNN Image and Sound Field Production Department, where he travelled the world covering news stories, crafting documentaries and honing his storytelling skills. In 2015, Oliver was promoted from photojournalist to Senior Field Production Supervisor and now oversees the 30 photojournalists based in the network’s Washington bureau.
Oliver is passionate about helping to tell impactful, memorable stories. His news philosophy is, “our jobs as journalists are to serve our viewers and the story, and we act in service of them – not the paycheck.” Oliver has served as a mentor through the NPPA mentor program and has served as a sponsored faculty member at the NPPA TV News Video Workshop, which he first attended in 2004 as a participant. He has also presented at the Northern Short Course and the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar.
Oliver lives in Pasadena, Maryland with his wife and two dogs. When he’s not neck-deep in the news demands of the day, he enjoys fishing, key lime pie and smoking meats.
Current presidential appointee to the board Scott Jensen is news manager at KTVA-TV in Anchorage where he oversees the daily news, storytelling and content on all media platforms. His career in video journalism, multimedia management and teaching spans three decades with stops in Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. He has won 22 Emmy Awards, a National Edward R. Murrow Award, is a Sigma Delta Chi recipient and is a two-time NPPA Ernie Crisp Television Photographer of the Year. Between 2006 and 2015, Jensen helped lead the photojournalism staffs of KTUU-TV in Anchorage, Alaska and KING-TV to a total of five NPPA Station of the Year awards, and three SOY runners-up. Jensen is also a recipient of the NPPA Samuel Mellor Award and an NPPA Special Citation. Jensen also served as the University of Alaska’s visiting Atwood Chair of Journalism in the spring of 2011. In that semester, Jensen taught upper division classes in video production, documentary filmmaking and emerging media.
I wouldn't be where I am today without the support of the NPPA. It's helped guide my entire professional career, from the video storytelling skills I learned at the very start, to the countless lifelong connections I've made along the way. I've even been fortunate enough to give back some of what the NPPA has given me by speaking at multiple NPPA storytelling conferences. I'm asking for your vote so I can serve this organization that has played such a role in my career and make sure it plays a guiding role in yours as well.
We all know this industry is changing. Our audiences are changing. How we inform them is changing. While it's our job to adapt to this ever-changing deadline-oriented future (and tell a great story at the same time), it's easy to lose sight of the NPPA's ethics and values that have always remained the same. I've seen talented photojournalists slip away from the organization and lose sight of its importance. I think now more than ever it's vital that journalists remember WHY the NPPA is valuable and how it has the ability to enhance their careers in the middle of these industry changes.
I really want to be engaged with members on how we can keep things moving, make sure the board addresses your concerns throughout the year and embrace the different skill-sets its members have to offer. My time as a TV news photojournalist in both Alaska and Nashville has shown me a great variety of obstacles and benefits alike that TV photographers face in this industry. Our voices are important to the NPPA, we are a huge group of journalists that needs representation. I want to make sure that the board increases engagement with those that widely represent this organization. I’d really appreciate your vote!
Catherine Steward is a photojournalist for WTVF NewsChannel 5 in Nashville. In her time at WTVF, she has received six EMMYs and a national Edward R. Murrow Award for use of sound. Catherine was named NPPA TV Quarterly Contest Photographer of the Year for the West General region in 2012, and for the Central Top region in 2015. Originally from Palmer, Alaska, Catherine has previously worked for KTUU and KTVA in Anchorage. She has served as a judge for the NPPA Best of Photojournalism Television Editing contest and the White House News Photographers Association. Catherine has presented at several conferences including the NPPA Southeast Storytelling Conference and the Ignite Your Passion workshop.
Candidates for the Board of Directors-Still/Newspaper/Print
My name is Zak Bennett, and I would like to be considered to represent the National Press Photographers Association members on the Board of Directors as the still photography member.
I am a freelance editorial photographer and wish to bring a fresh perspective to the board and actively engage with members to see which path is necessary for a prosperous future among our colleagues. In my current NPPA position, associate regional chair, I've organized our first-ever Miami Short Course, created successful meetups, coordinated and volunteered with other journalism organization in the name of the NPPA, and provide support to the NPPA regional president.
I studied journalism and Latin American studies at the University of Florida (BS 2009) and business management at New York University (MSM 2011).
From 2010 to 2015, I worked as a founding editor at Demotix News, which was eventually acquired by Corbis Corporation, where I oversaw various activities at Corbis Images, Splash News and Demotix News, which was honored at the Webby Awards in the "News Category" during my time as the news editor.
As a freelancer, I've covered topics ranging from melting tropical glaciers in the Andes Mountains to the mass deportation of immigrant children in Israel and Palestinian Territory.
My freelance work has been published by The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Open Democracy, TIME, The Guardian, SPIN Magazine, Vice Magazine and NGOs such as CARE, Children's Service Council and United Way.
I’m running for the still/print position on the NPPA Board of Directors because I want to help NPPA further it’s mission to a new generation of photographers. As a student at MIZZOU, I joined NPPA and found its resources to be incredibly valuable as I made the first steps into my professional career. I want to continue to help resources grow like the job board and student NPPA organizations, so I can give back to students the way this organization helped me. As an NPPA board member, I want to create programming aimed at helping female photographers and photographers of color succeed in this industry by emphasizing outreach and membership resources. I will also work to make sure that there is more diversity in faculty members who teach at NPPA workshops. I will help make leadership decisions to further NPPA’s inclusive policies to make all photographers feel welcome in this organization. Over the past few years, NPPA has grown and adapted to meet the needs of our rapidly changing industry and I will help this growth and further the mission of this important organization as a newly elected board member. I’m running for this position because I truly believe in the mission of NPPA and the professional community it has fostered, and I want to help this organization continue to provide support and guidance to photojournalists everywhere. Thank you for your consideration for this position.
Eve Edelheit is an award winning independent photographer based in Tampa Bay, Florida. She was recently a staff photographer at the Tampa Bay Times for six years. She freelances for clients like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Bloomberg and The Intercept. She has also photographed two cookbooks, Food + Art and Bella's in addition to working with chefs across Florida and covering events hosted by the James Beard Foundation.
Eve graduated with a degree in photojournalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and a minor in political science in May 2011. In the previous spring, Eve also attended the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark.
Her work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association, Florida Society of News Editors, The Green Eyeshade Awards and others. She is on the board of APhotoADay and has helped plan and execute several recent workshops with the organization. She has helped develop their Backyard Grant program and raised thousands of dollars to help photographers tell stories in their communities.
In 2017, Eve was nominated for PDN 30. She was also accepted into the XXIV class of the Eddie Adams Workshop and has continued to volunteer with the workshop for several years and was a faculty member in 2018.
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.
I first joined the National Press Photographers Association as a freshman in high school after being urged to check it out by the local newspaper’s photographer at a Friday night football game. Throughout my education, the NPPA served as an invaluable guide and a mark of excellence that provided me with mentors I look to every day in my work; mentors who helped me grow from wide-eyed student to a staff photographer at The Dallas Morning News.
I believe in fostering strong community, mentorship and advocacy for those just emerging in the industry. These reasons are why I first sought to join, and they’re why I continue to be a proud member. The same success I’ve gained from membership in this organization, I want to help bring to a new generation of photojournalists.
Last year, I launched a Facebook group for young journalists to gather, ask questions and discuss the ins and outs of applying to internships. The group now has several hundred members and often serves as a forum for those brand new to the industry. In that time, the group also partnered with The Image, Deconstructed Workshop in Denver, Colorado, to make the opportunity more accessible for students on a tight budget.
As a board member, I will push to create and embrace more opportunities for students and young professionals to grow. I want to bring platforms like the one I’ve created to our membership. I will work to help improve the Student Quarterly Clip Contest and help find ways for students to get the most out of their annual membership dues.
I am eager to serve you on the NPPA Board of Directors, and it’s an honor to be nominated. I believe that together, we can build a stronger NPPA.
I am interested in being a part of the NPPA Board so that I can help continue the work the NPPA has been doing to make our incredibly important industry more inclusive and equitable for all news photographers, among the organization's many other focuses. Outreach and mentorship of student and emerging photojournalists is also hugely important to me, as I feel this industry can often be very difficult to get your footing in and succeed. I would further like to help bridge the conversations happening in academia around the future of journalism and news photography with the lived realities of photojournalists.
Tara Pixley is a Los Angeles-based freelance photojournalist and journalism professor with over 15 years of experience as a visual journalist and photo editor for organizations such as the New York Times, Newsweek, CNN Digital and Creative Loafing. She is currently a professor of visual journalism at Loyola Marymount University in LA and her work as a scholar of media looks primarily at photojournalism industry practices.
Recently, her Nieman Reports cover article on the need to diversify the photojournalism industry won a first place Ozzie Award for exceptional magazine writing and her writing on this important topic has been published in multiple other for outlets, such as PhotoVoice, Newsweek and PDN magazine. Tara is frequently invited to speak on panels about photojournalism in both academic and industry spaces, such as PDN Photo Plus Expo, Photoville NYC, Month of Photography Los Angeles, and the International Communication Association.
She is also a co-founder of both Reclaim Photo and Authority Collective, two organizations devoted to decolonizing lens-based media fields by providing resources, mentorship and access to photographers from underrepresented communities.
Alyssa Pointer is a staff photojournalist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. No matter her surroundings, she strives to create genuine images that embody the people and places within a community. She like the challenge of daily assignments but finds the most joy in working on long term projects. Alyssa believes in the power of visual storytelling. She is an advocate for collaboration to create and display powerful images for audience consumption on all platforms (print/digital/social media, etc).
Alyssa graduated from Western Kentucky University's prestigious photojournalism program. She got her start as a visual storyteller while interning, pro-bono, at Atlanta's alternative newspaper, Creative Loafing. She has also interned for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and the Louisville Courier-Journal. She has participated in the New York Times Student Journalism Institute and spent a year as a resident staff photojournalist for the Chicago Tribune. Alyssa's work has been recognized by the Hearst Journalism Awards and the Atlanta Photojournalism seminar