(ATHENS, GA.) The NPPA Board of Directors met Sunday afternoon via video conference to hear updates from various committees and national officers, and to meet incoming News Photographer editor Sue Morrow. NPPA attorneys Mickey Osterreicher and Alicia Wagner Calzada briefed the group on the most recent work by the Advocacy Committee in regards to press freedom and copyright law.
Bryan Wendland, a photojournalist at KUSA-TV who serves as chair of the recently created Video Member Task Force, addressed the board to present the group’s recommendations for improving NPPA for the benefit of current and prospective members who focus on video storytelling. Executive director Akili Ramsess and national president Michael P. King briefed the Board on plans for the 2019 Best of Photojournalism Contest, and national treasurer Kyle Grantham provided updates on the association’s finances.
Regional Chairs representative Andrew Stanfill introduced a resolution which passed unanimously to create the Safety and Security Committee, a “standing committee,” adding to the list of NPPA’s more permanent and more active small workgroups. The committee will work with the Advocacy Committee to “assist in the prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation of events, services, and content related to the physical, digital, and psycho-emotional safety and security of NPPA members.”
Board members also unanimously approved updates to the conflicts of interest policies. Additional updates from the meeting will be coming in the week ahead.