Registration Open For Chicago Stop: NPPA's 2012 Business Blitz Roadshow



  • October 19–20
  • Chicago, IL
  • Friday: NPPA State of the Industry Roundtable & BOP Photo Show
    6:00–9:30 CDT
    FREE (Online Registration Required)
    Saturday: Business Blitz
    9:00–4:00 CDT
    $20 members, $25 non-members

The 2012 NPPA Business Blitz will help attendees develop the fundamental building blocks for creating a sustainable business in a changing marketplace. Lectures will build on basic business principles to address challenges faced by freelancers as they navigate a brave new digital realm. Topics will cover methods for monetizing and negotiating new media projects, long-term legal and business considerations in the year 2012, and marketing methodology for reaching new clients. These topics will be covered with a heavy sprinkling of business basics that were as relevant to Andrew Carnegie at the turn of the century as they are to entrepreneurial photojournalists 100 years later.


Other upcoming stops


This year we've added a Friday evening event, The NPPA State of The Industry: Inspiration and Solutions Roundtable, which will bring together award winning editors, art directors and photographers to talk about pricing, needs, and industry trends.

As an added bonus we will showcase a gallery of winning images featuring winners from our Best of Photojournalism contest.


Check out the schedule of sessions for times and speakers.


Online registration for the October 2012 Business Blitz is now closed. If you have not yet registered, and would like to attend, you can register on-site the day of the event.


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Calumet Chicago
1111 N Cherry Ave, Chicago IL 60642

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NPPA State of the Industry Roundtable & BOP Photo Show
6:00-9:30 CDT
Saturday Business Blitz
9:00-3:30 CDT

Check out the schedule of sessions

NPPA State of the Industry Roundtable & BOP Photo Show
FREE (Online Registration Required)
Saturday Business Blitz
$20 members, $25 non-members


NPPA State of the Industry: Inspiration and Solutions Roundtable

The Roundtable will be moderated by media industry leader Scott Mc Kiernan. Additional panelists will be announced soon.

Scott Mc Kiernan

Mc Kiernan's dynamic leadership of the ZUMA Press family of companies, as well as decades of wide-ranging experience in photojournalism have proven to be instrumental in establishing one of the largest editorial photo agencies in the world and the first digital age picture agency: ZUMA Wire.

Mc Kiernan as a Web pioneer in ‘92, launched the net's first database for editorial pictures. Today his agency is the agent to some of the world's most respected photojournalists and always evolving. Running a global staff of 30+. With an end product, creating the largest editorial archive online which has won numerous major awards for picture editing and photography. Mc Kiernan remains an active shooter today, living for finding and making that one image that can make a true difference.

Stephanie Graham

Stephanie Graham, Columbia College Chicago alum (BA ’05) studied both Film/Video and Photography, is a young vibrant photographer.

Stephanie’s fascination with urban concepts and forms is the result of her conservative suburbia childhood. Naturally her curiosity led her to the unapologetic rhythm and styles of city life. “The Windy City” Chicago attracted her intellectually and creatively when she visited her family in the city.  Her images are reflective of this unique culture.

Presently she is a Career Advisor for at Harrington College of Design. She also works independently on numerous professional projects, while serving on the Midwest chapter boards of both the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and American Photographic Artists (APA).

Sally Ryan

Sally Ryan is based in Chicago, Illinois with her reportage represented worldwide by ZUMA. Ryan's work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Spin, Time, Inc.,, The London Times, The Dallas Morning News, Saturday Evening Post, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle.

Robin Alam

Freelance Photographer/Photo Editor with a combined 8 years of experience. Based out of Chicago, I have covered the Super Bowl, Ryder Cup, Kentucky Derby, Indy 500, NBA Finals, Big Ten Championship, NCAA Sweet Sixteen, MLS All-Star, UFC, and more. I have primarily covered all major sports, from NFL, NHL, PGA, NBA, UFC, NASCAR, to MLS. My work has been published in various major publications domestically and internationally.

Scott Strazzante

Scott Strazzante has worked at the Chicago Tribune as a general assignment photographer since 2001. A nine-time Illinois Photographer of the Year, has covered the Super Bowl, the World Series and three Olympic Games, but he is more proud of his work that uncovers small but universal moments in daily life.

Strazzante was part of the Chicago Tribune team that won a Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting in 2007 for a series about faulty government regulation of dangerously defective toys, cribs and car seats. In 2008, MediaStorm published Common Ground, a multimedia piece on Strazzante's personal project on the transformation of a piece of land in suburban Chicago from rural to suburban. The 18-year-long project, which still continues, has been published in the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, Mother Jones and National Geographic. The project has also been honored with POYi's Community Awareness Award and first place in Feature Video in the NPPA's Best of Photojournalism. Strazzante lives in Yorkville with his wife Anna, and their blended family of four kids, two dogs and a guinea pig.

John H. White

For decades, photojournalist John H. White has been an inspiration and motivational mentor for students and professionals alike. He's been on the staff of the Chicago Sun Times since 1978. Before that he shot for the Chicago Daily News, and he teaches photojournalism at Columbia College Chicago. He won the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for photography for his portfolio of "consistent excellence photographing a variety of subjects." He's won three National Headliner Awards, and was the first photographer inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame. He's been the five-time winner of the Chicago Press Photographer Association's Photographer of the Year title, and in 1999 he received the Chicago Medal of Merit.

Eugene Mopsik

Eugene Mopsik has a long and distinguished record with the American Society of Media Photographers and has led the organization as its Executive Director since 2003. He has been a prominent advocate for the rights of photographers and other visual artists. ASMP is a leader in current issues such as copyright registration of images, social media terms of service, Orphan Works and the exploration of new business models. Gene has engaged in discussions with the Nielsen Corp., Getty Images, the New York Times regarding their new freelance contract, and he has worked to create new agreements between photographers and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) regarding the rights to images submitted for various AIA competitions.

Gene currently serves on the boards of the Brooks Institute, the Eddie Adams Workshop and the PLUS (Picture Licensing Universal System) Coalition, and on the Advisory Board of the Young Photographers Alliance (YPA). Prior to his position at ASMP, his career was as a successful Philadelphia corporate/industrial photographer having graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Steve Liss

A licensed private pilot who has often flown himself to and from assignments, Steve has produced dozens of award-winning photographic essays during his twenty-five year career as a photographer at Time magazine, on subjects ranging from poverty in the Mississippi Delta to runaway youth living on the streets of Hollywood. Forty-three of his photographs have appeared on the cover of Time, and his book, No Place for Children: Voices from Juvenile Detention (University of Texas Press, 2005) received the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and the Pictures of the Year International World Understanding Award. Steve is executive director of, an organization of photojournalists dedicated to documenting poverty in the United States and working to eliminate it. Steve taught graduate photojournalism at Northwestern University and he is currently on the full time faculty at Columbia College Chicago.

Business Blitz Speakers

Matt Slaby

Matt Slaby is a photographer and founding member of LUCEO Images based in Denver, Colorado. Before turning his attention to photography, he traveled the western United States as a wildland firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service Hotshots also working winters as an EMT with a metropolitan ambulance service. Slaby interned at U.S. News & World Report covering the 2006 congressional elections and the Washington, D.C. politcal circuit, including the White House and U.S. Capitol. He has a background in writing and literature and holds a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Slaby brings his diverse background to the field of photography and journalism and is particularly passionate about making the unique and multidimensional culture of the western United States accessible to a broader audience. Slaby's current body of work has received honors from American Photography, Communication Arts, Center, and LOOKBetween. Selected images are currently being exhibited at The Newspace Center for Photography and have previously been shown at 25 CPW.

Alicia Calzada

Alicia was a photojournalist for over 20 years before becoming an attorney with an emphasis on litigation in matters involving First Amendment, copyright and trademark. In addition to being an attorney for the NPPA, Alicia is an NPPA Past President and she is the founder and chair of the NPPA Advocacy Committee. Alicia speaks regularly on legal issues affecting photojournalists and has taught as an adjunct professor at Texas State University.

Allen Murabayashi

Allen Murabayashi is the Chairman and Co-Founder of PhotoShelter, Inc, an online service that provides website, archive and sales functionality to over 68,000 photographers worldwide. Allen has authored several free marketing guides for photographers, including The Photographer's SEO Cookbook, Blogging for Photographers, and Google Analytics for Photographers. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Eddie Adams Workshop, the leading student and young professionals’ photojournalism workshop. Allen was a founding employee of Born and raised in Honolulu, Allen is a graduate of Yale University. He flosses daily.

Kevin Moloney

Kevin Moloney is a 24-year veteran photojournalist with three staff jobs and 16 years as a freelancer under his camera strap. For 15 years he has taught three courses in photojournalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder as a part-time adjunct instructor between shooting jobs for the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, US News & World Report and many other international publications.

Rich Clarkson

After a career in magazine and newspaper photojournalism as administrator, editor and photographer, Rich Clarkson founded his Denver-based company in 1987 for the creation and management of unique projects based in various uses of fine photography. Named by American Photo magazine as one of the 50 most influential individuals in American photography, Clarkson’s career includes stints as director of photography and senior assistant editor of the National Geographic Society, assistant managing editor of The Denver Post, director of photography of The Topeka (Ks.) Capital-Journal and as contract/contributing photographer for 20 years to Sports Illustrated. He organized the photographic coverage of the Munich and Montreal Olympics for Time magazine, the Moscow Olympics for Sports Illustrated and was the overall coordination and director of photography in the main Olympic stadium for the Atlanta games.

His Denver-based company does all the photography of the 91 national championships of the National Collegiate Athletic Association for whom they also produce exhibitions and books, all the original photography and publishing for the Colorado Rockies baseball team and the Denver Broncos football team the past ten years. The company produces the top rated seminars in high level editorial photography in the nation in conjunction with the staff of the National Geographic Society, the Time, Inc. magazines and manufacturers of state of the art digital photographic equipment.

In 2007, he received the William Allen White National Citation and Medal from the University of Kansas and was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Online registration for the October 2012 Business Blitz is now closed. If you have not yet registered,