Tom Burton Named NPPA Editor
ATHENS, GA (February 7, 2017) - Tom Burton has been named Editor for News Photographer magazine, as well as the National Press Photographers Association’s website, www.nppa.org, following the retirement of News Photographer’s inimitable editor Donald Winslow at the end of 2016. NPPA executive director Akili-Casundria Ramsess announced this morning from NPPA’s headquarters at the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens.
Burton joined the NPPA staff last June as assistant editor with the primary responsibilities of managing content between the magazine and NPPA’s website nppa.org, the weekly online newsletter and social media.
“I never dreamed of being the editor for the NPPA and News Photographer magazine but I’m thankful for the opportunity,” Burton said. “Photojournalism has been my career and I deeply believe that our profession makes a difference. And in these times of ‘alternative facts,’ I think it’s important to emphasize truthful, honest reporting.”
Based in Lady Lake, Florida, Burton was an independent photojournalist, filmmaker and adjunct instructor at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism ad Communication prior to joining the NPPA staff. Before striking out on his own, Burton spent more than 30 years with the Orlando Sentinel in a variety of positions from photographer, editor, multimedia producer and eventually Director of Photography.
He was among the first newspaper photographers to introduce video into daily staff coverage. He was a student at the inaugural Dirck Halstead Playtpus Workshop in 1999, and since then he has trained many journalists in multimedia journalism. As a photojournalist he is veteran of a wide range of assignments including political campaigns, natural disasters, Sunday magazine projects, sports projects, and working in conflict zones. He also was the writer and photographer for the newspaper’s A&E Gallery, a weekly column that ran for more than three years covering artists and entertainers.
“Years of knowledge making pictures, managing departments, educating students and mastering new technologies make Burton a valuable asset to this organization,” said NPPA President Melissa Lyttle. “He has already shown his willingness to roll up his sleeves and wade into the thick of News Photographer and that makes me excited for its future.”
Since joining the NPPA staff, Burton has been instrumental in updating the website content and keeping the social media fresh and relevant. He has also been working hand in hand with NPPA secretary and Technology Chair Seth Gitner on the nppa.org website.
“I’ve been working with Tom on the redesign of the website since he started and he has been a delight to work with.” Gitner said. “He always has great ideas and is always willing to put forth the effort to make sure NPPA is moving forward.”
“Tom has big shoes to fill of the former editor Donald Winslow, but if the work he’s accomplished in the last six months is any indication, he will be a great success. I think our members will have a lot to look forward to in the next iteration of the NPPA website and News Photographer magazine with Burton at the helm,” Ramsess said.