Following the publication of the January/February 2021 News Photographer interactive PDF, the time has come to transition our venerable magazine to a new format. As the board of directors undertakes a website overhaul, editor Sue Morrow will lead the charge in the redesign of the online magazine into a product that better reflects our members’ needs. While we redesign, we will continue to publish original feature articles and visuals on NPPA.org/magazine.
During the redesign, members can also still access previous magazine PDFs and original content online. The January/February 2021 issue, left, is now posted to nppa.org. Its 132 pages are packed with stories about covering the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and legal issues that followed, pandemic coverage, the California wildfires, and the regularly published features. Ross Taylor’s The Image Deconstructed is about Rich-Joseph Facun’s book “Black Diamonds.” We learn about the woman in Dai Sugano’s iconic photograph made during civil unrest in San Jose, California, in May.
A special report, “14 Days in January,” features photojournalists’ experiences and images from two historic weeks in Washington, D.C.
Morrow will continue to deliver these features on nppa.org as we research and develop how News Photographer will be presented on a refreshed website later this year.
“This legacy publication introduced the NPPA to me when I was a student,” Morrow said. “I want NP digital to establish itself by the same means in a digital environment. It means the world to me to be the editor of this venerable magazine.”
“While I am saddened by the fact that we have come to this point,” Donald Winslow, editor of News Photographer for 13 years, said in an email. “I would rather see it continue the mission forward as a web publication instead of the alternative. NPPA and the mission have made many significant transformations since 1946 and hopefully this will be just another one of those milestones.”
“I’ll never forget sitting on the beach flipping through an issue of News Photographer during my first full-time video journalism job out of college,” NPPA President Katie Schoolov said. “One of the most talented photojournalists in the city walked up and struck up a conversation with me because of this magazine we both love. A decade later, I’m excited to see what kind of connections we can create and important conversations we can start by properly positioning News Photographer in the digital space. Online is where the work of all our members -- across all disciplines -- lives now and it’s where we will have the most impact on our community and those who need to hear from us.”
The special Best of Photojournalism will be printed this year, and it will be bigger and better than ever. Thanks to Sony’s generous sponsorship, it will be published as a book and will include video, still, multimedia, and editing contest winners.
As we redesign the digital magazine, we will be seeking feedback to re-envision what and how we publish. There will be a survey coming soon to better understand what our members need from a digital “zine.” You can also email [email protected] with your thoughts.