Candidates for the Board of Directors-Still/Newspaper/Print
Candidates for the Board of Directors-Video/TV/Broadcast
In 2012, I had the good fortune of working for two-time Solo Video Journalist of the Year Michelle Michael. Before then, I had never heard of the NPPA. Michelle introduced me to a new way to tell stories. My abilities increased exponentially, and the communities Iʼve worked in have also been better served, because of the NPPA.
Iʼm eager to give back. Serving on this board would be a great opportunity. I want to make sure future generations can benefit the same way I have. I promise I will work extremely hard to make sure the NPPA serves all of its members well.
Aaron Adelson currently works as a Visual Storyteller at KARE11. Prior to moving to Minneapolis, Aaron spent four years at WLOS in Asheville, NC. He last worked there as an investigative reporter. Earlier he worked as an MMJ in Lexington, KY and Sioux City, IA. He is also a proud graduate of Syracuse University. Professional honors include a regional Murrow and Emmy.
I have deep roots in the NPPA, a professional organization that helped me become a better video storyteller, teacher and mentor. Through the years I have earned four NPPA regional Photographer of the Year awards, a number of BOP awards including Runner-Up Photographer of the Year, and I was the Director of Photography at KARE11 when we won four Station of the Year awards. I also have a number of regional Emmys from four different newsrooms and contributed to multiple regional and national Edward R. Murrow awards. However, the awards don’t mean anything if I don’t give back to the profession and the NPPA.
I am currently a faculty member and one of the “room moms” of the NPPA News Video Workshop. This means I teach in the large lecture hall to all the attendees, then mentor a smaller group as their “room mom.” In the years I have taught at the NVW, there have been hundreds who have heard my lessons in lectures, small groups and individual critiques. I taught at the University of Kansas, and there my students had the benefit of learning NPPA storytelling techniques. Some of my former students are now professionals, and as members of the NPPA are placing in the quarterly contest.
My contributions to the profession also include judging entries from the 1st round NPPA BOP contest, entries from multiple regional Emmy chapters, entries from the Colorado, Iowa and Wisconsin broadcast associations, and entries from the regional Edward R. Murrow contest. You might think it’s overkill, but I think about all the people who judged my stories and understand you need to pay it forward.
In my current role as a News Operations Manager, I mentor a handful of teammates in all aspects of storytelling. And my sphere of influence outside my station is nationwide. I teach, coach and mentor college students, college instructors, managers and professionals around the country.
It should be no surprise after reading my bio, that I am running for the NPPA Board of Directors. If you’ve ever been to the NVW, had me critique your work, or work with me, you know I’m a no BS, get sh*t done, kind of person. That’s what you will get if I’m elected. I will be a voice for all visual storytellers.
Eric Carlton has worked as a photojournalist for 11 years covering everything from natural disasters to championship sports. He has worked for local affiliates in Louisiana, North Carolina, and Georgia. Since 2011, Eric has been the Special Projects Photojournalist at WGCL in Atlanta, GA. In this role, he has specialized in investigative, feature, and long-form storytelling. For the last 5 years, Eric has served on the NATAS Southeast Certification Committee. Eric has a passion for editing, enjoys still photography outside of his day job, and credits growing up on a Wyoming ranch for many of his best qualities.
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to serve as a judge for the NPPA Best of Photojournalism contest. The experience was eye-opening. In addition to viewing dozens of thought-provoking visual journalism projects, I witnessed firsthand a new energy around both the contest and the organization. The categories were modernized, it was held in its new home at UGA, and the panel of judges I served alongside brought diverse backgrounds, innovative experiences and an overall freshness to BOP. That weekend left me inspired and wanting to do more for the national organization. I’m running for a video seat on the National Board of Directors because I want to be a part of the leadership that sets the course for NPPA going into the next decade. Specifically, I want work to build our membership, to engage students with mentorship programs and community events, and to ensure that equity, diversity, and inclusion are a critical part of all decision-making at NPPA. A few months after BOP, I moved from my job as a producer at VICE News in Brooklyn to become an assistant professor of visual journalism at San Francisco State University. I’m running now because I have the time, energy and motivation to serve NPPA. Thank you for your consideration.
Here's a little more background about me: Before moving to SF this year with my partner (she’s also a visual storyteller!), I produced the VICE News documentary, Charlottesville: Race and Terror, winner of an Emmy and a Peabody Award. I spearheaded visual journalism projects at The New York Times, MediaStorm, National Geographic, and NPR, where I directed the Emmy Award-winning interactive documentary, Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt.
Candidates for the Board of Directors-Still/Newspaper/Print
Marcia L. Allert is the Director of Visual Journalism for The Dallas Morning News. She joined the organization in October 2016 and oversees a team of award-winning visual journalists and editors. The team works closely with the editorial department to produce compelling visual journalism that diversifies and deepens the storytelling of The Dallas Morning News. Her team has won multiple awards, including ASNE, Best of the West, National Headliners, and Texas APME awards for their news coverage.
Additionally, she was on the judging panel for CPOY and POYi and participated in portfolio reviews at Kenyon College, New York University, The New York Times, and the NPPA Women in Visual Journalism Conference. Since graduating from New York Universityʼs Tisch School of the Arts, she has worked in renowned newsrooms, including the Associated Press, ABC News, The New York Times, and The Daily Beast.
Iʼm a Denver-based photojournalist running in the 2019 NPPA Board member election on the heels of three years representing NPPAʼs Northwest Region as its regional chair. In that time, Iʼve helped to elevate concerns of disenfranchised members across the region, reconnect with former or lapsed members and provide support for NPPA-affiliated journalism schools, local meetups from Denver to Seattle and at gatherings such as the Women in Photojournalism Conference, The Image Deconstructed Workshop and the Northwest Photojournalism Print Swap. In doing so, and in representing a region with a legendary broadcast involvement, I have been afforded great insight into the needs of our diverse membership. As such, I look forward to Board membership being an even bigger way to apply my experience as a voice for even more of our membership.
Our organization has experienced widespread change in the decade in which Iʼve been a member, especially in the past three years Iʼve been a Regional Chair. I recognize how most of the constructs of todayʼs culture and modern newsgathering inherently tilt in my favor as a white, cisgender male from a privileged background, but I look forward to continue being an ally who can foster more inclusivity, diversity and equity among our ranks from the organizational level. As an independent freelance business owner with a staff photographer background, Iʼm constantly applying lessons learned as I seek to be the best possible representative of the NPPA. When I assumed the Regional Chair role in 2016, I set out to hear from members across the region through social media and incorporate their ideas, vision and energy into programming and workshops for the benefit of not only our region but also the entire organization. I hope to continue similar momentum on the Board.
I strive to continue listening to our membership, applying the lessons Iʼve learned and harnessing the membership energy Iʼve witnessed to make our organization even more active and representative. Strong membership engagement – through local, regional and national events as well as student-chapter growth – is key to my goal of growing and building the NPPA from within. In addition, I view strong potential in collaborating and cross-pollinating with related organizations such as ASMP both to grow our membership and to identify ways we can expand our own value-added offerings to our existing members, particularly in business-training offerings. Finally, I am heavily involved in ongoing NPPA efforts to build more membership camaraderie through national events and gatherings, and hope to shepherd in even more value for our members.
I have taken my role as a voice for Northwestʼs membership very seriously in the past three years and seek a Board seat as a way to capitalize on the momentum.
My work is primarily in and around the mountain west, with a special interest in stories about the environment, water rights, and the often-bizarre politics of Colorado. Before moving west in 2016, I worked as a staff photographer at the Erie Times-News in Erie, PA. for four and a half years. While studying at Penn State, my work on Penn State's Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal was part of the Harrisburg Patriot-News 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning reportage as well as part of the Hearst Journalism Awards Championship, in which I competed in 2012. In Erie, my pictures and video received recognition in contests including the NPPA's Best of Photojournalism 2015 Small-Market Picture Story, the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors Association and the Keystone Press Awardsʼ Edith Hughes Emerging Journalist Award. I'm an Eagle Scout, an Eddie Adams Workshop alumnus and Black Team volunteer, and have worked on the Online News Association Conference video team repeatedly.
Iʼve been working in photography and publishing for 20 years. Iʼve been on both sides of the camera, mostly as a photo editor and producer, and I have always made sure that rates were fair, and conditions were as safe as I could make them. The range of what I have produced is huge, but what I find most satisfying is news and documentary work. As a professor of photojournalism, I impart the importance of ethics and truth. I mentor my students for as long as they want, with some relationships lasting over a decade, when I first started teaching.
Photojournalists require a strong community, a heard voice, and ever-evolving solutions for an increasingly vulnerable profession—when the truth of photography is as vital as ever.
Joe Klementovich is a freelance photographer and videographer, working with a wide range of newspapers, magazine and non-profit clients, including the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, NHPBS, NH Magazine, The Nature Conservancy and Museum of the White Mountains. His work focuses on the environment, conservation and the interface between people and the natural world. His skill set crosses between video editing, production and still photography. Klementovich is co-founder of White Mountain Avalanche Education Foundation, an organization created to support and educate youth around snow science and avalanche safety, both in the classroom and in the mountains.