ROANOKE, VA – Photojournalist Seth Gitner is leaving The Roanoke Times and Roanoke.com to become an assistant professor of newspaper and online journalism at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
"I am very excited to take the next step in my journalism career," Gitner told News Photographer magazine today. "I'm eager to train the next generation of journalists with the skills that I've become so passionate about, students who have so much energy and eagerness to learn the craft of multimedia storytelling. I'll be joining a great team of journalism professors at Syracuse University and help to redefine the way journalism is taught in universities."
Gitner says the new opportunity is a dual appointment, as he'll be teaching multimedia journalism to students in the the school's reporting track as well as those in the visual and interactive communications department.
In 2001 Gitner joined The Roanoke Times as a staff photographer, and in 2005 he became the multimedia editor for Roanoke.com. His multimedia work has been recognized with awards in the National Press Photographers Association's Best Of Photojournalism competition as well as in the University of Missouri's School of Journalism's Pictures of the Year International. This year a project Gitner worked on, "Age Of Uncertainty," won Documentary Project of the Year in POYi.
A frequent speaker at multimedia journalism workshops, seminars, and universities, Gitner is an advocate for quality multimedia storytelling at newspapers.
Gitner is a past president of the Virginia News Photographers Association, and he's served as a board member for NPPA. Currently he chairs NPPA's Multimedia Committee and annually co-directs NPPA's Multimedia Immersion workshop. The photojournalist also writes a monthly column, "Multimedia Moments," for NPPA's News Photographer magazine.