By the overwhelming abundance of responses, it seems we have tapped a true need in our profession. Photojournalists want mentors and many have offered their time. Applause all around for breathing life into this program and we thank everyone who has come forward! We’ve had more than double the participants sign-up of what we first anticipated (wow!). But this has also made us consider the timeline and the process now required.
The next step is organizing the pairings, which will take time and coordination. Initially the application process was to stay open through Sept. 1, 2019. However, given the surge of responses and the timing (classes begin soon!), we’ll be closing the sign-ups for mentees on Friday, Aug. 16 at midnight EST.
We will make pairings based on best fit for mentee/mentor pairings.
Due to the large number of applicants, this means it may not be possible to pair every mentee who applies.
The mentor program is a year-long effort and it is our intention to do it again in 2020. If you are interested in volunteering your time to help organize it, email [email protected].
NPPA Mentor Program is restructured, calling for applications
Students, we have fantastic news! Following an ambitious revamp of the NPPA’s Mentoring Program, we are calling for applicants to be paired with mentors.
We will pair more than three dozen mentees with mentors to foster professional growth over the course of a year.
Our mentors represent a broad, diverse assortment of talent and experience from our professional ranks, and throughout the country. They include well-recognized photographers, videographers and editors from organizations such as Getty Images, Los Angeles Times, Women Photograph, CNBC and successful Independent photographers. These nationally and internationally honored professionals are united in their interest to help develop emerging photojournalists. In most cases, the mentorship and coaching will be carried out remotely. We encourage monthly conversations (at the least) between those who are paired.
Applications are open to current NPPA student members and professional members with up to five years of experience until September 1, 2019.
**To become a student or professional NPPA member, please register here.
To apply for a mentor, fill out this form.
Dustin Chambers, Independent photographer
Caroline Couig, Independent Visual editor
Marie De Jesus, Houston (Texas) Chronicle
Karen Ducey, Independent photographer
Sarah Ann Jump, The Dubois County Herald (Jasper, Indiana)
Emily Kask, Independent photographer
Jessica Koscielniak, McClatchy
Brent Lewis, New York Times
Katharine Lotze, Getty Images
Kirk McKoy, Los Angeles Times
Sam Owens, Evansville (Indiana) Courier & Press
Akili Ramsess, NPPA
Guy Rhodes, Independent photographer
Katie Schoolov, CNBC
Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images
Ross Taylor, University of Colorado Boulder
Carey Wagner, Independent photographer
Jay Westcott, Independent photographer
Daniella Zalcman, Women Photograph, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Matt Gade, The Daily Republic (Mitchell, South Dakota)
Josh Galemore, Casper Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyoming)
Craig Hudson, Independent photographer
Hyunsoo Léo Kim, USA Today Network (Naples, Florida)
Natisha Mallick, Independent photographer
Genna Martin, Seattle (Washington) Post-Intelligencer
Drew Nash, Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho)
Andrew Nelles, The Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee)
Nick Oxford, Independent photographer
Denny Simmons, Evansville (Indiana) Courier & Press
Steven Smith, Independent photographer
Jim Urquhart, Independent photographer
Adam Vogler, Kansas City (Missouri) Business Journal
Brooke Warren, Independent photographer
Sarah Yeoman, Independent photographer
Caption for photo above: Marlena Sloss, Ohio University graduate, and Denny Simmons, visual content coach at the Evansville Courier & Press, look over a story by Simmons during her fall internship. Photo by Sam Owens