DURHAM, NC (January 6, 2014) – Dr. Bob Carey, a former president of the National Press Photographers Association, has been appointed as the chair of NPPA's Education Committee. NPPA president Mike Borland made the announcement today.
"Education is one of the biggest components of the NPPA mission," Borland said. "We plan to push our existing programs, look at new programs, and find ways to deliver knowledge to members who can't attend in person. Bob has some great ideas on what the NPPA can do to help visual journalists adapt to the changes in how news is gathered and distributed."
Carey is chairman of the the Department of Communication & New Media at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC, where he teaches photojournalism, convergence journalism, mass media theory, and media law. Carey has a doctorate degree from Regent University, a masters degree from the University of Memphis, and a bachelor's degree in science from the University of Washington.
“Education is such an important aspect in the future of NPPA," Carey said today.
"Changes in technology and business have occurred so fast over the past 10 to 15 years and especially in recent years. I believe we need to be on the cutting edge of education for visual journalists and the public.”
Carey is also concerned about the overall devaluation of journalism. "Too many educational programs have begun to leave the watchdog role that we, as an organization, are based upon. As visual journalists, it's our role to report the news and there's been a dilution of that role. NPPA was founded on the idea of protecting and teaching First Amendment freedoms for visual journalists. I hope NPPA can instill the importance of this role in young visual journalists."
He hopes to help lead the Education Committee to find "forward-thinking visionaries" who are "thinking outside the box" to help NPPA prepare its members for the future. "I look at the way NPPA met the needs of our members in the past with our outstanding educational offerings such as the Northern Short Course, the News Video and Advanced Storytelling Workshops, and more recently with the Multimedia Immersion and Business Blitz."
One of the committee's goals, Carey said, will be to find the next area where NPPA members need help in order to become the profession's leaders.
"I realize news gathering using mobile devices has so often had a negative connotation," Carey said, "but if we are leading the way in training visual journalists then I believe we can impact how our members are perceived by management. Visual journalists need to be the ‘go-to' people in the news room for training and innovation."
Carey was elected NPPA's president in May 2008, and he's been an NPPA member since 1990.
"NPPA has given me so very much in my professional life as a visual journalist and an educator," Carey said. "I can’t think of an organization that means more to me than the NPPA, and it has always been based on volunteers. When the president asked me to serve as education chair, I knew I needed to be available to help not only the organization but also hopefully the future of visual journalism.”
Carey can be reached at [email protected].