Leah Horner Wins NPPF Yoder Award to Attend NPPA News Video Workshop

Leah Horner

ATHENS, GA (Feb. 11, 2017) – Leah Horner has been awarded the 2017 Gordon Yoder Award for video photojournalists presented by the National Press Photographers Foundation.

The award allows Horner to attend the NPPA News Video Workshop beginning March 12 at the Gaylord College of Journalism on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, OK. The $1,000 award, established by G. Gordon Yoder, is designed to help cover tuition and expenses for the Workshop.

Horner is a graduating senior in journalism from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. She finishes her degree in March then will be moving to Bakersfield, California to work for KERO-TV, 23ABC as a multimedia journalist during the week and report weather on the weekends. Her goal is to tell stories in creative ways and she “likes the term ‘pants reporter’ because she is the type of journalist to get on the ground or even climb things when shooting, and pants are necessary to be able to move,” she wrote.

The NPPA News Video Workshop builds the fundamental skills needed to tell strong, clear, and compelling video news stories. It is a week of intense learning and powerful critiques that enhance gathering, editing, writing, and presenting stories.

NPPA Sprague Award-winner G. Gordon Yoder was a combat correspondent and photographer in Korea and a network photojournalist covering news, including the civil rights movement in 1950’s and 1960’s. He designed and manufactured the innovative 16mm Yoder Sound Camera, which became an industry standard for television stations and networks.