September 1, 2020
Students, we have fantastic news! We are calling for applicants to be paired with mentors.
We will pair at least 30 mentees with mentors to foster professional growth for a year. Mentees will work with mentors to produce a project which will be showcased by the NPPA at the end of the year. The project could be a photo story or essay, a website, applying for a grant or anything that the mentorship partnership decides. Producing a project will help focus and provide structure to the mentorship pairing, in addition to regular check-ins. We encourage monthly conversations. This is a remote process.
Our mentors represent a broad, diverse assortment of talent and experience from our professional ranks throughout the country. They include well-recognized photographers, videographers and editors from organizations such as Women Photograph, Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press, Associated Press, educators and independent photographers. These nationally and internationally honored professionals are united in their interest to help develop emerging photojournalists.
Applications are open until September 23, 2020, to current **NPPA student members and professional members with up to five years of experience.
**To become a student or professional NPPA member, please join here.
Application to be a mentee, click here.
Akili Ramsess, NPPA Executive Director
Amanda Loman, Freelance Photographer
Barbara J Perenic, Picture Editor/Photojournalist, The Columbus Dispatch
Carey Wagner, Independent Photographer, Cinematographer, Producer
Caroline E. Couig, Photo Editor/Creative Consultant
Carlos Avila Gonzalez, Staff Photographer/Multimedia Journalist, San Francisco Chronicle
Daniella Zalcman, Independent Photojournalist + Executive Director, Women Photograph
Denny Simmons, Visuals Content Coach, Evansville Courier & Press/Gannett
Dustin Chambers, Freelance Photographer
Eric Seals, Photo and Video Journalist, Detroit Free Press
Godofredo Vasquez, Staff Photographer, Houston Chronicle
Guy Rhodes, Freelance Photographer / Videographer / Lighting Designer
HRick Bamman, Freelance Photojournalist
Jim Urquhart, Freelance Photojournalist
Julio Cortez, Staff Photographer, Associated Press
Karen Ducey, Freelance Photojournalist
Karen Warren, Staff Photographer, Houston Chronicle
Kent Nishimura, Staff Photographer, Los Angeles Times
Kent Porter, Senior Photographer, Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Lola Gomez, Staff Photographer, Austin American-Statesman
Marie D. De Jesús, Staff Photographer, Houston Chronicle
Meg Oliphant, Freelance Photojournalist
Nick Oxford, Freelance Photojournalist
Ross Taylor, Freelance/Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
Ryan Christopher Jones, Independent Photographer
Sarah Arnoff Yeoman, Freelance Photographer
Sherrlyn Borkgren, Independent Photographer
Stephanie Bernaba, Owner, White Orchid Media
Steven Smith, Professor/Freelancer, UConn/Freelance
“Working with Kaiti has been a joy. She came to me with an amazing attitude, responsiveness, and a work ethic that inspired me. Having transitioned from full-time to freelance myself, it was easy to impart to her what I had learned. It also challenged me to help her find connections that worked for her particular situation and the changing times. Since I had an amazing mentor in my early days, it is rewarding to help others. In return, I have no doubt I will call on Kaiti for advice one day.”
— Carey Wagner, documentary photographer, filmmaker and educator
“Applying to NPPA's mentorship program was the best decision I made for furthering myself and my career. Not only has it given me the opportunity to continue my education past school and internships, but it has also given me an incredible relationship with a professional whom I respect and admire. My mentor, Carey Wagner, has been so insightful in my transition from student/intern into full freelancer. She has shared so much knowledge about visual journalism, storytelling and business. Even more vital, she has helped me understand the importance of balance, relationships and honoring my own values throughout my work life and my personal life. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to listen and learn from her and I hope to continue participating in NPPA's mentorship program so I can make more connections with journalists like her.” — Kaiti Sullivan, 2019-20 Mentee
“Working with Jacob Moscovitch in the NPPA mentorship program from Fall 2019-Spring 2020 was such a pleasure. It was a perfect match with Jacob’s dual interest in both photographer and editor roles in the industry paired perfectly with my background as a staff photographer who segued into picture editing.
In our initial phone call, we discussed his priorities and goals for the program and how I could leverage my professional network and industry experience to achieve those goals. We also got right to work updating the bio on his website and discussed updates to his website. From the start, I felt Jacob was a kindred spirit and I looked forward to the partnership.
We concentrated on internship applications including letters, and tweaking galleries to ensure projects mentioned in cover letters were represented on his website. I advised on which organizations to pursue the best internship experience and provided direct contacts when possible. We had regular photo calls to make all the application deadlines.
We also curated website galleries targeting editorial clients for additional freelance photography work. Over the year, we partnered on a variety of contests, exhibition submissions such as Photoville’s FENCE, and pitching projects to editorial clients after his semester abroad was cut short due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The sharing of knowledge was not one-way. Jacob informed my social media presence and introduced me to a wide variety of emerging photographers through his social networks.
I’ve always believed in sharing one’s knowledge with the next generation so they might benefit from lessons learned avoiding pitfalls where possible. If he felt half as much fulfillment from the experience as I did, it will have been a success. We already have plans to stay in touch and maybe one of these days we’ll actually meet in person.” — Caroline E. Couig, mentor
“Having consistent, bi-monthly calls to check in with my mentor allowed me to gauge my growth, focus my goals and gain a much-needed professional perspective from outside my photojournalism program or friends. Caroline taught me how to write concisely and professionally about my work for internship applications. I now understand the power of cover letters and how to focus my resume. Each call was a great time to talk out upcoming project plans for school and personal, long-term work. Working with Caroline was such a pleasure and I hope to continue our relationship.” — Jacob Moscovitch, 2019-20 mentee