NPPA launches bi-annual Student Video Contest
Jan. 4, 2021 - The NPPA has launched a bi-annual NPPA Student Video Contest to accompany the long-running Student Quarterly Clip Contest. The competition will accept works during two six-month entry periods: January-June and July-December. A list of full contest rules are available here.
The NPPA Student Video Contest provides eligible student members with an opportunity to compete against their peers and have their broadcast entries reviewed by industry working professionals. This competition was created as a stepping stone to our professional Quarterly TV Contest, where student members will compete within similar categories and rules.
The NPPA Student Video Contest is run by Contest Chair Danielle Gatewood-Gill and Associate Contest Chair Adam Vance.
Danielle Gatewood-Gill is an Emmy-Award winning News Operations Manager at NBC 7/Telemundo 20 in San Diego. Previously, Danielle was an Investigative/Responds Photojournalist at WCAU, NBC O & O station, in Philadelphia. At WCAU, Danielle was the lead Photojournalist for the consumer investigative unit that has provided over $1 million in refunds. Prior to joining the staff at NBC Philadelphia, Danielle worked at Media General DC Bureau and WUSA, the CBS Affiliate, in Washington, DC.
At Media General, Danielle served as interim bureau chief and created the bureau’s coverage plans. While at WUSA, she shot, edited, and produced packages for the anchors. Before moving to the East Coast, Danielle lived in Phoenix.
In Phoenix, Danielle shot and edited daily news for KTVK—a top rated independent TV station. After KTVK, Danielle was the lead photographer/editor for Maricopa Colleges Television (MCTV), a channel that highlights the students and achievements of the Maricopa County Community College system. Danielle began her news career as a news photographer for KTVN in Reno.
Danielle is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan and eagerly looking forward to Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Football team winning a National Championship. Danielle is also a new member of the NPPA board of directors.
Adam Vance comes to the student video contest with a background in print and broadcast. He has been a member of NPPA since he launched his career at a small newspaper in western New Mexico, The Gallup Independent. He also had a short stint at The Amarillo-Globe News before pursuing his education at Eastern New Mexico University. In college he switched to the broadcast side of journalism.
After graduating, he joined the staff at KOB-TV in Albuquerque, N.M. Four years later, he traded the mountain air for saltwater and moved to Tampa, Fla. He took a job at WTSP-TV, which he has called home for over 16 years.
One of the most pivotal decisions he made during his career was in 2007 while attending the NPPA News Video Workshop in Norman, Okla. It was a life-changing experience that propelled him to become more active on the video side of NPPA. While photojournalism is his passion, he has found being a manager and mentor to be equally fulfilling.
A faculty member of nearly 14 years, Adam is the co-director of the News Video Workshop under Julie Jones, with Stan Heist and Jed Gamber. He brings decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge in the field of photojournalism.
Currently, he is a Senior Photojournalist for Bay News 9 in Tampa, Fla., where he has worked for the past two years. Adam is also an NPPA elected board member.
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