DURHAM, NC – NPPA's 49th annual Flying Short Course is underway this morning and it's one not to be missed. This year the Flying Short Course makes stops on October 20, 21, and 22 starting in Philadelphia, PA, followed by North Little Rock, AR, and finishing in Fullerton, CA. Walk-in registration is still available at each stop.
This year’s line-up of speakers promises a program that will be long remembered, including photojournalism’s living legend John G. Morris of Paris; Best Of Photojournalism’s Photojournalists of the Year David Guttenfelder of the Associated Press and Josh Meltzer of The Roanoke Times; Gail Fisher of the Los Angeles Times; Michel duCille of The Washington Post; and Colin Mulvany of the Spokesman-Review.
The Flying Short Course will follow last year’s successful model of offering a full day of local and regional programs packaged with a second full day of presentations and sessions by the national traveling faculty, and of being hosted by and affiliated with a college photojournalism program at each of the three national stops.
“This year’s program is going to be something special,” event organizer David Einsel said today. “We have a great mix of professionals and topics of discussion. But, I am especially excited about having John G. Morris on the faculty. John has touched the lives of so many photographers and editors – both directly and through his work. Here is a guy who has worked with W. Eugene Smith, Robert Capa, Alfred Eisenstaedt, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, to name just a few. These photographers set the standards for the rest of us, and John was there with them. He was the first executive editor of Magnum Photos and has worked at Life, National Geographic, and a number of the leading newspapers in America. John has lived the history that is the basis for almost everything we do as visual journalists. What an absolutely amazing opportunity this is to be able to see, in person, one of the true legends of our time.”
The Flying Short Course’s first day kicks off on Friday, October 20, 2006, at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, with presentations by the national traveling faculty. The local and regional hands-on workshops and break out sessions will follow all day on Saturday, October 21.
Arkansas is the site of the second stop, at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock on Saturday, October 21, 2006 beginning with presentations by the national traveling faculty. The local and regional hands-on workshops and break out sessions will follow during an all-day session on Sunday, October 22.
California is the last stop on this year’s Flying Short Course at Cal-State Fullerton in Fullerton, CA, on Saturday, October 21, 2006. The local and regional hands-on workshops and break out sessions come on the first day during the West Coast stop, and the national traveling faculty will make their presentations on Sunday, October 22.
The opportunity for John G. Morris, 89, to participate in this year’s Flying Short Course is indeed a special treat for those familiar with his important role in photojournalism and also for those who miss regular exposure to him since he moved to Paris in retirement.
Morris is a University of Chicagoan who served as a Hollywood correspondent for Life magazine after working his way up from the mail room to the photography desk, a picture editor for Life’s London bureau during World War II where he was Robert Capa’s D-Day editor, a picture editor for Ladies’ Home Journal, the executive editor of Magnum Photos, a picture editor for both The Washington Post and The New York Times, and a correspondent and editor in Europe for National Geographic. He’s the author of “Get The Picture: A Personal History Of Photojournalism” (University of Chicago Press, 2002), and he’s worked alongside this century’s leading photojournalists through war and major events, leading the CBC to call him “the world’s most influential photo editor.” NPPA honored Morris in 1971 with the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, the organization's highest honor.
Almost 90-years-old and his pace not slowing a bit, Morris stays abreast in photojournalism (attending Perpignan annually) and current political events, and in Paris is the vice chair of the Democrats Abroad in France. He will tell those attending the Flying Short Course about photojournalism in the White House over the years, and what’s going on photographically there today.
Gail Fisher from the Los Angeles Times will talk about the “Anatomy of a Project,” a topic on which she is a recognized expert both as a participating editor and as a documentary photojournalist. She’s the senior editor of projects at the Times and spends most of her time these days working with photographers, editors, and designers on high-profile projects. An Ohio native, Fisher got an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts from Miami University of Ohio and her MFA in Photojournalism from Ohio University before spending two decades covering social issues around the world in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and South and Central America.
In 2003, Fisher was honored with the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism for producing a documentary that used still and video photography to explore how a family copes with a loved one diagnosed with a mental illness. She’s also the recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for outstanding coverage of the problems of the disadvantaged, and the Harry Chapin World Hunger Award. NPPA honored her twice with the Community Awareness Award for her photography, in 1996 and 2002. Fisher has also produced documentary work outside the Times, including a 2002 series for ABC’s Nightline called “Unadoptable” that used both her video and still photography.
Michel duCille is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize who then spent 17 years as the photography editor of The Washington Post before deciding to return to shooting in May 2005. duCille says his Flying Short Course presentation will be “Going Back to the Streets: The Confessions and Revelations of a Photo Editor.” Before Washington, he was a staff photojournalist for The Miami Herald, and he shared his first Pulitzer in the Spot News category with fellow Herald staff photographer Carol Guzy for their coverage of the November 1985 eruption of Colombia's Nevado Del Ruiz volcano. A second Pulitzer followed in 1988 for feature photography for his Tropic magazine photographic essay on crack cocaine addicts in a Miami housing project, called “The Graveyard.” He credits his love of photography to his father, who worked as a newspaper reporter in Jamaica and in the States. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, duCille later earned a graduate degree in journalism from Ohio University in Athens, OH.
The 2006 NPPA Best Of Photojournalism Photojournalist of the Year for larger markets, David Guttenfelder of the Associated Press, will come off his world beat long enough to fly on NPPA’s Flying Short Course and show his work and talk about the last few years that he’s spent photographing conflict and the world’s natural disasters, including the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the aftermath of Pakistan’s devastating earthquake, and the aftermath of Asia’s tsunami.
A native of Waukee, IA, and a graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in Cultural Anthropology, and who surprisingly speaks fluent Swahili, Guttenfelder has covered a civil war in Sierra Leone, an American war in Baghdad, and various clashes, disasters, and news stories in Kashmir, Gaza, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, New Delhi, Tokyo, Kosovo, Albania, North and South Korea, East Timor, and China, the Olympics in Sydney and Athens, and the World Cup in Japan. Now he’s the AP’s chief Asia photographer, first based in Tokyo, then New Delhi, and now in Tokyo again.
Guttenfelder will be joined on the Flying Short Course by Josh Meltzer of the Roanoke Times, who is the 2006 NPPA Best Of Photojournalism Photojournalist of the Year for smaller markets. Meltzer, an NPPA member since 1992, grew up in Athens, GA, and worked first as an intern and then as a staffer in Duluth, MN, at the News Tribune before moving to Virginia. He’s a graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, MN, where he majored in American studies. Meltzer is known for his outstanding photographs, his sensitive work with the subjects of his stories, and the relationships and rapport he builds with the people in his pictures as well as with his coworkers. He’s one of 12 full-time photojournalists at the100,000 circulation Roanoke Times who shoot video and gather audio for multimedia Web projects as well as creating still photographs for the printed paper, and he’s been the vice president of the Virginia News Photographers Association three times.
Photojournalist Colin Mulvany spent the first 17 years of his career at The Spokesman-Review documenting the community through still photographs. With the blessing of his editors, Mulvany has been freed up to pursue his new passion of telling stories with a video camera. He also teaches photojournalism at Spokane Falls Community College. In his biography on the Spokesman-Review’s Web site, the newspaper says Mulvany has been known to walk up to people on the street when he sees them using a video camera if they are “panning and zooming too much” and hold an on-the-spot mini workshop stressing the importance of steady video.
Today Mulvany is a multimedia content producer for the newspaper's online department, producing video features and news stories, audio slideshows, and his popular vblog, Video Journal. Mulvany's plans for the Flying Short Course are to talk about how to get started producing effective multimedia for a newspaper's Web site and, he says, he'll "take the mystery out of multimedia storytelling."
Registration for both days of each Flying Short Course stop will be $100 for professional NPPA members, $65 for student NPPA members, and $150 for professional non-members (or $100 for professional non-members to attend only the traveling faculty’s day).
David Einsel and TC Baker are organizing this year's Flying Short Course and can provide more information. To stay updated on this year's Flying Short Course you can also check www.flyingshortcourse.org.