DURHAM, NC – Three current and former members of the board of directors of the National Press Photographers Association have been nominated to run for the organization’s vice president’s office to serve out the remainder of the term of Scott Utterback, who resigned from the office on January 3, 2007.
The candidates are Pat Holloway, Brad Ingram, and John B. (Jack) Zibluk.
NPPA’s bylaws call for the board of directors to elect someone to fill the office for the remainder of the term, until the time the board meets for their annual business meeting and elects new national officers. This year’s annual business meeting will be held after the Memorial Day weekend starting Tuesday, May 29, 2007, in Portland, OR, during the opening of the NPPA Multimedia Boot Camp and Photojournalism Summit.
NPPA national offices nominations chairman Denny Simmons, Region 4’s Director, oversaw the nomination process to give the board multiple candidates. NPPA national secretary Sean D. Elliot will distribute ballots to the board members after they’ve had a chance to review the candidates’ statements (published below). Board members will vote and return their ballots to Elliot, who will count the votes, certify the election, and announce the results.
Here are the statements from the three candidates. NPPA members are asked to review their platforms and make your comments known to your Regional Director and Association Director if you wish to express support for one or more of the vice presidential candidates.
My name is Pat Holloway and I am a candidate for vice president of NPPA.
A lot of people know me, so I’ll keep everything short and just tell you I served on the board for over 10 years (as Region 7’s Director and Associate Director). I’m the national chair of the Women In Photojournalism Conference. I love this association and loved helping NPPA move forward to success after many very rough years.
I am not exaggerating, but we almost lost this organization many, many years ago. It’s from hard work of the past boards and past executive committees, we were saved and continued to more forward.
My Mission Statement: To strive to make this association a moving force in the business. Make this association not just one you are a member of, but a NPPA you MUST be a member. To achieve this, I want to effectively market NPPA, our programs, and services to so people will want to join. I want to restore NPPA to the “Costa days” where everyone belonged to this organization because you MUST join!
Thank you for the opportunity to run for this office.
Hello, and thank you for taking the time to read my bio. To tell you a little about me, I’ve been a member of the NPPA since 1998. I’m a prime example of what the NPPA can do for one’s life and career. I’ve seen my share of success and failures in this organization since becoming a member. Currently I’m a member of the BOP Medium Size Market Station of the Year staff here in North Carolina, and Region 6 Director. I’ve been a television photojournalist for little over twelve years, serving at WGHP-TV for the last seven of that tenure.
I started out small in this organization by first becoming a Regional TV Clip Chair for our Quarterly Clip Contest. After two years and seeing that there where some things that needed to be changed, I quickly learned that I had to move up to make those ideas become a reality. That is when I become Region 6 Director back in 2005. Since then I’ve been a part of making changes for the better, both on the Regional level and national level, and by getting our Regional Web site back up and running, and by getting our Monthly Still Clip Contest back on track. On the national level, I’ve served since 2003 as NPPA Quarterly Clip Contest Assistant National Chair. Collectively we’ve brought changes to the TV Quarterly Clip Contest for the better of the competition.
Here are some thoughts on what I can bring to the table as NPPA’s vice president. First, I have the knowledge of the inner workings of the NPPA and some of the back stories that other candidates that are running may not posses at this time. So getting me up to speed wouldn’t be a problem, especially if it’s just for the interim.
Secondly, there needs to be a TV voice of reason on the EC, be it for the interim or another term. The EC should reflect the voices from our entire membership and not just the majority.
Thirdly, after seeing governing bodies go and come, I’ve got a good idea what needs to be done both in the short term and long term. Having been around for a while I’m not going to promise you and the rest of the board unachievable goals while in office. Instead my focus would be to follow though with the guidelines set out for the office of vice president.
My main priority would be to further the television interest in this organization. There are some things lacking that I’ve seen and experience that needs to be corrected. Some of them are small things and needs to be addressed immediately, while others need someone with in the governing body to appoint duties.
Other orders of business that I think we need to explore and execute in the near future are the following.
1. Finding the right Executive Director. I feel this is a very important hire we need to make, one that does and doesn’t needed to be rushed to be able to find the right person for the task. In more ways than one, this hire can make or break us.
2. Start doing the "Little Things." My high school football coach taught us this from day one. “If we don’t do the little things, we won’t come on top on the scoreboard or in life." Not only was that true in our drive for a championship, it trickles down into life and business. I think over the years we’ve stop doing the little things for our members and staff that has effected the bottom line. And when I say the little things, I mean treating our employees to something nice, be it something big or something small. Same also applies to our membership.
3. Our Web site. It’s becoming very clear we need to do something with it in the near future. Multimedia is here too stay and if we are going to be the organization that trains best photojournalist of multimedia. We need to be on the cutting edge when comes to our Web site. Be it a better template or revamping it completely to reflect what an organization of our size should look like on the world wide web. If nothing more, I’d like to at least explore getting another employee at home office to better manage it and its usage in the future.
4. Continue to focus our focus. In the past few years we’ve made some hard choices. Some of which made us lose focus in some areas, it’s time to refocus our attention on them and continue to retain and gain membership in the future.
In closing, I’d like to thank you for reading though my vision for better serving our organization. With that am respectfully asking for you vote of confidence to become the NPPA next vice president. I promise, not to promise something that I don’t think I can achieve during my term, be it for the interim or running again for a full term come June.
JOHN B. ZIBLUK
At a time when anybody with a cell phone can call himself or herself a photojournalist, and at a time when an editor or producer from a mainstream media outlet can buy an image from just about anyone, the NPPA is, and needs to be, the voice of professionalism in the field.
We have the expertise, the people, the standards to define professional practices, ethical, and technical standards and truly be the voice of the profession. We can reach out to new photojournalists and support established ones. We can explain ourselves to our peers in new fields and to our audiences as well.
The NPPA needs to focus on advocacy for the profession, continued refinement of professional standards and outreach to new professionals and students. We need to support professionals in the field and help them maintain their economic viability. We need to support and provide technical training in our rapidly changing field. We need to work on diversity. And we need to address issues and incidents that affect the profession to audiences outside the NPPA and the profession.
As a member of the EC, I would try to help keep the NPPA focused on the “big picture.” While we have to take care of business, budgets, and details, we can’t get bogged down in the natural disagreements that result from dynamic tensions in a rapidly changing field.
As a writer and a speaker, I can help articulate the NPPA’s position to our audiences, our peers and other groups dedicated to similar work as we. I can separate the personal from the professional. I see the importance of disagreement. We need to invite criticism and discussion. Listening and discussing is the best way to find solutions to new challenges. We need to engage with, listen to, and learn from, our critics in order to move forward.
As an educator and freelancer, and as a former editor, writer, and photographer, I have the overview to understand the pressures faced by managers and editors as well as shooters in video and print. I also know many constituencies in the new generation and their other-than-traditional interests and backgrounds.
Given our current needs, I believe I am in a unique position to be an advocate for the NPPA and support its transition and growth.
I have been an NPPA member for 12 years, working in various capacities as an educator and program developer and organizer for the group before being elected Region 7 director last year.
I am a tenured associate professor of journalism and coordinator of the only photojournalism degree program in three states.
I began working for the NPPA in 1990 when I worked as the graduate assistant for Jim Gordon, then-editor of News Photographer magazine, at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. I have written more than a dozen articles and columns for News Photographer since that time, and I have been an ethics writer and columnist under the editorship of Donald Winslow. I won the NPPA Robin F. Garland educator award in 2005.
I have also has been the chair of the NPPA national student clip contest, which hadn’t been held for two years, and I helped revitalize it. I helped steer its transition to an entirely digital format. I have also been NPPA student internship chair. In addition, I helped organize the NPPA national convention in Memphis in 2002 and the Flying Short Course stop there in 2001. At the convention, I supervised volunteers and organized a workshop for potential photojournalism teachers.
I have been an active member of the Arkansas Press Photographers Association, which I helped to organize after the Westside High School shootings in 1998, and help organized the group’s first convention, focusing on how to cover tragedies.
I teach workshops on photography and photojournalism education for students throughout the mid-south region and I have been a presenter on photojournalism for a national workshop for high school media advisors in photojournalism at the Poynter Institute and the University of South Florida, sponsored by the American Press Institute in 2006.
A native of Derby, Connecticut, I have been a journalist since I co-founded my junior high school newspaper in 1974. I was editor of the student newspaper at Southern Connecticut State University, and went on to work as a writer, photographer and editor for the Evening Sentinel of Ansonia, CT, among the last hot lead newspapers in the nation. I was sports and then photo editor and finally city editor of the Milford Citizen, suburban bureau chief of the Meriden Record and copy editor at the Danbury News-Times, all in Connecticut.
I left Connecticut to work on a Ph.D. at Bowling Green where I met Jim Gordon, and replaced Gordon on an interim basis when he retired in 1992. I finished my Ph.D. degree in 1998.
A resident of Jonesboro, Arkansas, I am married to Sara E. McNeil, an editor and writer for Arkansas State University. I have a daughter, Kate, 7.
It’s a pleasure to be associated with this organization.