Deputy managing editor Colin Crawford has announced the promotion of Mary Cooney and Calvin Hom to the position of director of photography at the Los Angeles Times. Here's the memo Crawford sent to the staff:
To: The Staff
From: Colin Crawford, Deputy Managing Editor
I am pleased to announce that Mary Cooney and Calvin Hom have been promoted to the position of director of photography. Our visual report is so important that it requires two incredibly talented individuals to manage it. Together, they give us a formidable leadership team that will continue to guide us into the future and uphold our long-standing tradition of creating powerful photojournalism.
Mary and Calvin are two of the finest photojournalists in the business. They will expand our reach at a time when more and more visuals are needed to tell our stories. Both have proven records, as deputy directors, of inspiring the staff and helping them do their finest work.
Calvin will oversee our local visual report, including all of California, news, features, sports, business and entertainment, and the photo editors directly involved in these areas. He will ensure that we are well-represented in print and that the online components for these areas will continue to grow audience.
Mary will be responsible for video, multimedia, in-depth projects, our national and foreign report and the photo editors directly involved in these areas. Our visual journalism blog, Framework, will be a key responsibility for Mary, as she helps us rethink and expand content and viewer engagement. She will also focus on creating more in-depth documentary video, breaking-news video and newsroom video programming. She and Calvin will share supervision of the photographers and videographers.
Much of our department’s success can be attributed to Mary’s and Calvin’s hard work and leadership. In the last 10 years, five Times photojournalists have won Pulitzer Prizes and the department has had 15 Pulitzer finalists. The Pictures of the Year International competition has awarded us the Angus McDougall Award for the best photo-edited news organization a record six times.
Mary and Calvin both began their careers as photographers before moving up through the editing ranks. Mary started on the East Coast in Rockville Centre, N.Y., and then Connecticut before moving to California; she has been with Times Mirror/Tribune for the last 25 years and joined us here at The Times in 1997. Before he entered journalism, Calvin studied chemical engineering and chemistry in his hometown at the University of Houston; he has been with us for 19 years.
Both will continue to report to me. Please join me in congratulating them in their new positions.