Driver is now equipped to spread that storytelling philosophy to stations across the country in his new job, working as a photojournalism training specialist for Fox owned-and-operated local TV stations.
“It’s going to allow me to do things at this point in my career that I really like to do,” Driver said. “I love telling stories, but I’m really passionate about mentorship.”
Driver says it was back in 2006 that he first learned the value of mentorship that NPPA could provide, when he attended the NPPA News Video Workshop in Norman, Oklahoma.
“I started seeing videos from competitions, and I started watching the Nathan Thompsons and Darren Durlachs and people like that,” Driver said. “Stories where I thought I was doing well, I’d watch their stuff and say, ‘Man, they’re killing it; they’re knocking it out of the park. I want to do that.’”
It was after that workshop that Driver shifted into a higher gear.
“It changed me,” Driver said. “That first week back from the workshop, I was as giddy as a schoolgirl!”
But for all the accolades and attention Driver has rightfully earned over the years, he says it may be a recent front-page article his hometown paper, the Marshall County Tribune-Courier, wrote about the hometown boy done good that keeps things in perspective.
“Never forget where you came from,” Driver said. “If your family’s not the most important thing in your life, and your job is, you need to reevaluate some priorities.”
“They push me to be better.”
Jason Lamb is a reporter at WTVF NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, Tennessee. He was selected as the 2016 recipient of the Best of Photojournalism contest’s NPPA Photojournalism Award for Reporting. You can find him on Twitter at @JasonLambNC5.