Thirteen years ago, Donald Winslow stepped in as new editor of the News Photographer magazine with the challenge to fill the big shoes left by legendary Editor Jim Gordon. Winslow has more than filled those shoes. He created his own path and took the magazine to greater heights.
Winslow answered the call to return to daily journalism last spring to become managing editor of the daily newspaper of Amarillo, Texas, the Amarillo Globe-News. He wore the two hats until announcing his retirement from News Photographer at the end of 2016 and after producing his final Best of Photography annual edition.
“I worked closely with Don on many stories, but the annual BOP issue was always the biggest challenge,” said Terry Eiler, NPPA’s Best of Photography competition chair and former director of Ohio University School of Visual Communication.
“Don set the standard for accuracy and leadership. He was demanding and professional. Don moved the quality of the magazine from good to excellent while enduring difficult budgets and dynamic changes in our industry,” Eiler said.
Winslow has touched many in all levels of visual journalism: still, video and multimedia. Many in our industry praise Winslow’s work promoting photojournalism.
“I am so proud to consider Don a dear friend,” NPPA attorney Mickey Osterreicher said “He has been a major asset not only to NPPA and News Photographer but to the visual community as well. I will greatly miss collaborating with him on so many issues that are crucial to our profession, but even more so our discussions on the state of the world and life in general. Wishing Don good health, happiness and every success as he moves into this next chapter of a career filled with so many accomplishments.”
James Estrin, photographer and editor of The New York Times Lens Blog, said, “Don Winslow knows more about photojournalism than just about anyone. He has been a friend and a source of support to photographers around the world. He is now living out the dream of many veteran newspaper journalists — running your own newspaper. Of course it is often more romantic in the abstract. Thank you, Don, for everything that you have done for photojournalism and for the wise counsel that you have always generously offered to me.”
“Don helped do what was necessary in order to raise and appraise the level of photojournalism in still and motion picture to higher levels,” said Eli Reed, Magnum photographer and professor of photojournalism at the University of Texas at Austin “He had done well as the steward of the publication what good editors tend to do inside their tours of duty … chose to engage inside our world in the steadfast way of those who choose to witness with a compassion that honors the living as well as the dead and dying.”
Sue Morrow, assistant director of multimedia at The Sacramento Bee, first met Winslow in 1988 at the Democratic National Convention and quickly connected as Indiana University grads and being part of the Indiana “photojournalism mafia.”
“From the moment I met Donald, he has been supportive and unflinchingly encouraging to me and scores of others over the years. Meeting up recently for coffee in Sacramento, his encyclopedic memory astonishes as he recites quote and verse, philosophy and the Bible. Don’s passion, energy and love for life will carry on wherever he is. Don, you make us better. And always will.”
I can only add that I am grateful that Don gave us a few extra months to lean on his expertise and wise counsel, as well as introduce us to his worldwide network of photojournalists, giving us time to prepare to move forward without him. Winslow often tells the tale of Jim Gordon handing off the magazine to him with just the masthead and 68 blank pages. Tom Burton, who is taking over as editor of News Photographer, appreciates that Winslow left him more than that and an open line to counsel as he succeeds Winslow as editor. Winslow will continue to contribute to News Photographer magazine on occasion in his elevated role as editor emeritus.
Along with assuming the duties as editor of News Photographer magazine, Burton will be managing NPPA’s website, soon undergoing a major redesign of both the membership site and the digital version of the magazine. A longtime photojournalist, videographer and a former director of photography at the Orlando Sentinel, Burton joined the NPPA staff part time in June 2016 before being promoted to editor.
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