Six Finalists Picked For Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer Title

Video Editing judges Catherine Steward and Kylee Wall (top photo), and Video Photography judges Deborah Potter, Mark Tauscheck, and Kathy Kieliszewski picking winners today in the 2014 Best Of Photojournalism competition at the Michigan State University School of Journalism.
Video Editing judges Catherine Steward and Kylee Wall (top photo), and Video Photography judges Deborah Potter, Mark Tauscheck, and Kathy Kieliszewski picking winners today in the 2014 Best Of Photojournalism competition at the Michigan State University School of Journalism.

EAST LANSING, MI (March 31, 2014) – Judging is underway in the Video category of the National Press Photographers Association's 2014 Best Of Photojournalism competition at the contest's host site, the Michigan State University School of Journalism, and the panel has announced six finalists for the Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year title.

"The judges watched 43 photographer of the year entries before coming to East Lansing," Video Photography contest coordinator Merry Murray said, "and today they discussed those entries and narrowed it down to six finalists. The winner will be selected and announced on Wednesday.

The six finalists are: Doug Burgess of KING-TV; Chris Hansen of KUSA-TV; John Kirtley of WLOS-TV; Jonathan Malat of KARE-TV; Eric Sander of KING-TV; and Corky Scholl of KUSA-TV.

The Video Photography judges this year are Kathy Kieliszewski of the Detroit Free Press, where she is the director of photography and video; Deborah Potter, the executive director of NewsLab; and Mark Tauscheck, a reporter and anchor for KCCI-TV in Des Moines.

The Video Editing judges this year are Catherine Steward, a photojournalist for WTVF-TV in Nashville, TN; and Kylee Wall, an editor for Biscardi Creative Media in Atlanta. Shawn Montano, director of the Video Production and Editing Program at Emily Griffith Technical College in Denver, is the Editing contest chair.

In their first night of on-site judging Sunday night at the Michigan State University School of Journalism, the Video Editing judges picked winners in the News Feature (Editors Only) category. 

First place is William Middeke of KARE-TV for "From Farmington With Love." Second place is Greg Johnson of WFAA-TV for "Carry The Load," and there was no third place winner. An honorable mention was awarded to Joshua Maranhas of KDVR/KWGN-TV for "Pump And Dump."

The judging continues through Wednesday and winners in many categories will be announced nightly as the contest progresses. 

NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contests were sponsored again this year by VisCom at Ohio University, Camera Bits, and by Michigan State University's School of Journalism.