Registration Open: This Week's NPPA Business Blitz Roadshow In Austin


  • September 28–29
  • Austin, TX
  • Friday: NPPA State of the Industry Roundtable & BOP Photo Show
    6:00–9:30 CDT
    FREE (Online Registration Required)
    Saturday: Business Blitz
    9:00–4:00 CDT
    $20 members, $25 non-members

The 2012 NPPA Business Blitz will help its students develop the fundamental building blocks for creating a sustainable business in a changing marketplace. Lectures will build on basic business principles to address challenges faced by freelancers as they navigate a brave new digital realm. Topics will cover methods for monetizing and negotiating new media projects, long-term legal and business considerations in the year 2012, and marketing methodology for reaching new clients. These topics will be covered with a heavy sprinkling of business basics that were as relevant to Andrew Carnegie at the turn of the century as they are to entrepreneurial photojournalists 100 years later.

This year we've added a Friday evening event, The NPPA State of The Industry: Inspiration and Solutions Traveling Roundtable, which will bring together award winning editors, art directors and photographers to talk about pricing, needs, and industry trends.

As an added bonus we will showcase a gallery of winning images featuring winners from our Best of Photojournalism contest.

Beverages served, food truck on site!

Check out the schedule of sessions for times and speakers.

The September 2012 Business Blitz is now over. If you would like to attend one of the other stops, please check the list.

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Friday Night: NPPA State of the Industry Roundtable & BOP Photo Show
CTC Garden
1102 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX
View map and venue details
Beverages served, food truck on site!
Saturday Business Blitz:
St. Edward's University
Main Building — Maloney room — Third Floor
3001 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704
(get directions)

See campus map with parking info

Friday Night: NPPA State of the Industry Roundtable & BOP Photo Show
6:00-9:30 CDT
Saturday Business Blitz
9:00-4:00 CDT

Check out the schedule of sessions

Friday Night: NPPA State of the Industry Roundtable & BOP Photo Show
FREE (Online Registration Required)
Saturday Business Blitz
$20 members, $25 non-members

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Questions? Please email [email protected]

NPPA State of the Industry: Inspiration and Solutions Traveling Roundtable

The Roundtable will be moderated by media industry leader Scott Mc Kiernan. Additional panelists will be announced soon.

Scott Mc Kiernan

Mc Kiernan's dynamic leadership of the ZUMA Press family of companies, as well as decades of wide-ranging experience in photojournalism have proven to be instrumental in establishing one of the largest editorial photo agencies in the world and the first digital age picture agency: ZUMA Wire.

Mc Kiernan as a Web pioneer in ‘92, launched the net's first database for editorial pictures. Today his agency is the agent to some of the world's most respected photojournalists and always evolving. Running a global staff of 30+. With an end product, creating the largest editorial archive online which has won numerous major awards for picture editing and photography. Mc Kiernan remains an active shooter today, living for finding and making that one image that can make a true difference.

Julia Robinson

Julia Robinson is an award-winning photojournalist and multimedia producer based in Austin, Texas. Her clients include the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, AOL, The Austin American-Statesman, and Texas Highways Magazine.

Kelly West

Hi. I'm Kelly. I take pictures and shoot video for the Statesman. Here's some things about me. I only talk at one volume (loud). I'm a compulsive planner (iCal). I love to eat (queso). I play music (drums). I have no sense of direction (mapsco). I love meeting new people and learning new things (photojournalism).

Harrison Funk

New York born photographer Harrison Funk has been shooting entertainment, fashion, and advertising for nearly two decades. He has photographed some of the biggest stars of stage and screen for publications such as LIFE, Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Spin, TV Guide, USA Today and Paris Match since the ‘80s. He is well-known as Michael Jackson’s personal photographer throughout the height of his career. In addition to still photography Harrison has directed more than 30 music videos and documentaries and has worked as a producer, director and cinematographer on a number of features, shorts films and television productions. After serving as Executive VP and Creative Director at Outwest Records, Harrison became Creative Director for the London based Blink Magazine that he jointly founded and developed. He is currently working on books and documentary projects in the US and Europe and continues to photograph commercially throughout the world. He has lectured on photography at Universities in the US and London, and has taught photography in workshops and private classes.

Mark Sobhani

I’m just a happy-go-lucky guy doing what he loves. The first big chunk of my career was as a newspaper photographer. I documented some of the biggest stories of the last fifteen years. I traveled the world. I won awards. I witnessed the amazing, the depressing, the inspiring. I’ve met presidents, athletes, war heroes and thousands of everyday people doing extraordinary things. I left my job as a newspaper staff photographer several years ago and dedicated myself to documenting weddings. I love meeting new people and sharing in the moments in their lives. I love the spontaneity, the raw emotion, the reaction, and the challenge of finding new ways to tell someone’s story. Weddings are a photojournalist’s ultimate assignment!

Business Blitz Speakers

Matt Slaby

Matt Slaby is a photographer and founding member of LUCEO Images based in Denver, Colorado. Before turning his attention to photography, he traveled the western United States as a wildland firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service Hotshots also working winters as an EMT with a metropolitan ambulance service. Slaby interned at U.S. News & World Report covering the 2006 congressional elections and the Washington, D.C. politcal circuit, including the White House and U.S. Capitol. He has a background in writing and literature and holds a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Slaby brings his diverse background to the field of photography and journalism and is particularly passionate about making the unique and multidimensional culture of the western United States accessible to a broader audience. Slaby's current body of work has received honors from American Photography, Communication Arts, Center, and LOOKBetween. Selected images are currently being exhibited at The Newspace Center for Photography and have previously been shown at 25 CPW.

Alicia Calzada

Alicia was a photojournalist for over 20 years before becoming an attorney with an emphasis on litigation in matters involving First Amendment, copyright and trademark. In addition to being an attorney for the NPPA, Alicia is an NPPA Past President and she is the founder and chair of the NPPA Advocacy Committee. Alicia speaks regularly on legal issues affecting photojournalists and has taught as an adjunct professor at Texas State University.

Grover Sanschagrin

Grover Sanschagrin is Vice President and Co-Founder of PhotoShelter, Inc. An industry veteran, Sanschagrin, who started his career as a photojournalist, has vast experience with online productions including major roles with, and the Quokka Sports Network (including and Sanschagrin studied photography and photojournalism at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Ohio University. He has spoken at numerous industry conferences and universities with one goal: to educate photographers about the importance of building a successful online marketing strategy that will result in more assignments, more image sales, and less time in front of a computer.

Avi Gupta

Avi Gupta works both as an exhibiting artist and as Director of Photography, Publications at US News & World Report where he has over 12 years of experience. His images have appeared in major publications like The Washington Post and The New York Times, and have been exhibited across the US including academic institutions like the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, the Leroy Neiman Gallery at Columbia University School of the Arts in New York and abroad at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art at East Anglia University in Norwich, UK. Alongside private collections, his work is held in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress in Washington. In elementary school, he received many “gold stars” in art class.

Kevin Moloney

Kevin Moloney is a 24-year veteran photojournalist with three staff jobs and 16 years as a freelancer under his camera strap. For 15 years he has taught three courses in photojournalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder as a part-time adjunct instructor between shooting jobs for the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, US News & World Report and many other international publications.

The September 2012 Business Blitz is now over. If you would like to attend one of the other stops, please check the list.