ATHENS, GA (December 30, 2016) – Donald R. Winslow, the executive editor of News Photographer magazine for the National Press Photographers Association since May 2003, announced his retirement from the magazine’s masthead today.
“It’s been an incredible 13 years but it is time for me to move on,” Winslow said from the Texas Panhandle where he’s now the managing editor of the daily newspaper of Amarillo, the Amarillo Globe-News.
“For more than a decade I’ve had the best job in photojournalism and it’s been an extreme honor to report on the best work being done by the most dedicated photojournalists in the world, whether they were NPPA members or not,” Winslow said.
“The organization had both the grace and the good sense to let the magazine be about photojournalism, in all of its forms and in all of its places around the world, and they didn’t limit the magazine to being a ‘trade publication’ about just NPPA,” he said.
Winslow, an NPPA Life Member, took over the helm of the magazine following the retirement of the legendary Jim Gordon in 2003. Winslow continued to raise the bar of excellence of the magazine both in design and content.
Seth Gitner, an associate professor at Syracuse University, writes the magazine’s monthly column “Multimedia Moments” and has had Winslow as his editor.
“Even though I wrote about multimedia and video, he was always able to make that content look beautiful from issue to issue,” Gitner said. “I'll miss Don's monthly emails asking for my column topic and when it would be ready.”
News Photographer Executive Editor Don Winlsow with his predecessor, Jim Gordon, looking over the first edition of the magazine edited by Winslow in 2003. Photo by Sean D. Elliot.
NPPA president Melissa Lyttle has read News Photographer since joining the organization as a college student.
"In the last decade the quality of storytelling, images, and issue reporting has only deepened under Donald's relationships with and knowledge of the key players." Lyttle said.
"Last year, when I was elected President, it was Donald's guidance and wealth of institutional knowledge on the organization that I sought out immediately. He will definitely be missed,” she said.
Along with redesigning the magazine in 2003 shortly after becoming editor, Winslow led News Photographer through the digital revolution and helped develop the magazine’s web presence on the organization’s website, nppa.org.
Winslow’s career spans four decades, from daily newspapers in Indiana at the Wabash Plain Dealer and The Republic in Columbus, to the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, The Pittsburgh Press, The Palm Beach Post, and Reuters in Washington, DC, where he was a senior photographer and editor covering the White House, Capitol Hill, and major league sports.
Winslow briefly left print journalism in 1995 to explore technology startups in San Francisco at Rick Smolan’s “24 Hours in Cyberspace” and then the launch of News.com at CNET Networks, where for almost seven years he was the director of photography for a growing CNET family of websites and television shows. He returned to print journalism in 2003 as editor of News Photographer. In March of 2016, Winslow decided to return to newspapers when he accepted an offer from the Amarillo Globe-News and AGN Media to be the daily newspaper’s managing editor.
NPPA Executive Director Akili Ramsess joined the organization this year and said that she is grateful she’s been able to work with Winslow, however briefly.
“Through News Photographer, he amplified the voice of photojournalists the world over and his contributions to our industry are incalculable,” she said. “Although he will no longer be with us in a full-time capacity, we look forward to his continued contributions as Editor Emeritus. On behalf of the NPPA Board of Directors we wish Donald good luck and Godspeed.”
NPPA Assistant Editor Tom Burton will step up to be Interim Editor as the NPPA looks to the future, Ramsess said. NPPA’s website is presently undergoing a major redesign of both the membership site and the digital version of the magazine, and NPPA will continue to be the source for photojournalism industry news.