Board Of Directors Meet At NPPA's New Home, UGA's Grady College

Photojournalism instructor Mark E. Johnson welcomed NPPA to their new home at the University of Georgia's Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication during opening ceremonies Friday night at the Journalism building.
Photojournalism instructor Mark E. Johnson welcomed NPPA to their new home at the University of Georgia's Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication during opening ceremonies Friday night at the Journalism building.

ATHENS, GA (January 10, 2014) – The National Press Photographers Association's official move to the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication kicked off Friday night with an opening ceremony in the Journalism building with comments from NPPA executive director Chip Deale and UGA photojournalism instructor Mark E. Johnson.

NPPA is relocating its national headquarters from Durham, NC, to the Grady College at the University of Georgia, and this weekend marks the official beginning of its new partnership with UGA's journalism program.

The weekend also includes NPPA's annual spring board of director's meeting, which starts on Saturday morning at the Grady College.

During the board meeting Saturday morning, the floor was opened for nominations for NPPA's national officers. The actual election will be held as the board's last agenda item on Sunday. NPPA president Mark Dolan announced that he is running for a second term, and board member John Fulton was nominated for national treasurer (which is a two-year term).

NPPA is the voice of visual journalists, representing photographers, videographers, multimedia journalists, editors, designers, visual managers and academics, with nearly 6,000 members nationwide and around the world.

“UGA’s Grady College and NPPA share a deep commitment to excellence in journalism,” said Pamela Whitten, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “Their partnership creates exciting new opportunities in instruction, scholarship and outreach that will benefit our students and faculty as well as the more than 6,000 constituents of NPPA.” 

NPPA’s move to Grady will provide the college’s growing photojournalism department access to beneficial resources for students including contact with visiting professionals, participation in workshops taught by the NPPA staff and members, and employment opportunities including the potential of work with the organization’s News Photographer magazine and Web site.  NPPA will also allow Grady’s research faculty to access its Best of Photojournalism contest entries for study.

“NPPA is very excited about this partnership with UGA’s Grady College, and we’re excited to be moving our headquarters there in 2015 when the college will celebrate its centennial anniversary,” said Mark Dolan, NPPA president. “Advocacy and education have long been major tenets of NPPA’s mission, and partnering with a university has been one of our goals.”

Charles (Chip) Deale, the executive director of NPPA, echoed those thoughts. "NPPA's relocation to the University of Georgia and its partnership with the Grady College effectively positions the association for a vibrant future and one that is of great relevance to visual journalists." Deale will be based at Grady College and will collaborate with the school's faculty and staff on a daily basis.

"NPPA members will directly benefit from, and experience, enhanced value because of the relationship," Deale added. "With the vast resources of the College at its disposal, NPPA will be an even stronger voice for the profession. The association will better be able to develop and deliver member-specific services that strengthen their skills as photojournalists and their ability to survive and thrive in a constantly evolving marketplace."

The agreement also cites a mutual interest for NPPA and Grady College to work together to raise funds for educational programming online and in-person, apply for grants focusing on visual journalism projects, create a graduate fellowship in visual journalism and expand the scholarship programs that currently are offered by the association.  

“The relocation of NPPA to Grady College will greatly benefit the photojournalism program, providing tremendous experiential learning opportunities for our students and our faculty,” Charles Davis, dean of Grady College, said. “We see tremendous opportunities as NPPA joins forces with other UGA assets and begins to explore ways we can work together to benefit students as well as NPPA members."

Programs will be explored to work NPPA into some of Grady’s signature programs including the Peabody Awards and the New Media Institute.  There may also be the possibility of housing the NPPA's seven decades-long archives and other historical material about the photojournalism profession at the Special Collections Libraries.

In January, Deale will move into office space in Grady College and will hire one or two support people once the office is settled.  There is a potential that some of the other NPPA membership and publication services may relocate to Athens in the future. The NPPA offices are currently located in Durham, North Carolina.