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Monthly News Clip Contest Brings Back National Monthly Competition

After a successful year under the new entry and judging system, the Monthly News Clip Contest will expand for the 2017 contest.

Returning for the first time in years is the national monthly contest judged from the regional contest winners. First, second and third place monthly winners from each region will be entered in the national contest. The person with the most points in the national contest at the end of the year will be named the NPPA National News Clip Contest Photographer of the Year.

“The national contest was a major part of this competition for a long time,” NPPA’s National Clip Chair Kyle Grantham said.

“Our infrastructure and old entry system just couldn’t handle the contest anymore,” he said. “With the success we saw in 2016 with our new systems I’m excited to bring it back.”

Tweaks have also been made to the Monthly News Clip Contest to make entering simpler.

Entrants are no longer required to designate single-image entries with an _01 on their file names. The indicator was intended to make identifying multi-image entries easier but also caused confusion for some entrants who instead were numbering all single-images sequentially.

Now, entrants only need to number images intended to be judged in a group as a single entry in a category with the same slug. For instance, a selection of images from a protest in General News or grouping of portraits on a single subject in Portrait/Illustration would all need the same slug and a sequence number for it’s place in the entry. A single photo in those categories will have just the category code, entrant’s phone number and a slug in the filename.

You can enter multiple photos in every category except Feature Single.

“This was always allowed, but never really made clear in the old contest system,” Grantham said. “A lot of entrants seem surprised when I tell them this isn’t a new thing.”

Help is always needed in this important NPPA contest. If you’d like to volunteer to judge in the Monthly News Clip Contest, whether on the regional or national level, please contact your regional clip chair.

 

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Sarah Ann Jump Awarded duCille Scholarship to NSC

Sarah Ann Jump

The Board of Directors of the Northern Short Course in Photojournalism is pleased to announce Sarah Ann Jump is the recipient of the 2017 Michel du Cille Memorial Scholarship. Jump, a 2015 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology’s photojournalism program, is currently a staff photographer at The Dubois County Herald in Jasper, Indiana.

The judges had a wide selection of high quality applicants to choose from. Scholarship judge Nikki Kahn said of Jump’s images, “Sarah’s thoughtful approach to her subject and storytelling makes her the recipient of this year’s Michel du Cille scholarship to attend the NSC. Jump exhibits a level of patience in her image making and understands that putting in the time and gaining the trust of the people he/she is photographing is an important element to being a photojournalist.”

Jump will receive an award of $750 towards travel and lodging, plus a three-day complimentary registration to the Northern Short Course, being held March 2-4, 2017 in Fairfax, VA. The judges for the du Cille Scholarship were Nikki Kahn and Linda Epstein. The Michel du Cille Memorial Scholarship commemorates the life of Michel du Cille, a Jamaican-born American photojournalist and winner of three Pulitzer Prizes during his career at The Miami Herald and The Washington Post. Du Cille passed away on December 11, 2014, while covering the Ebola crisis in Liberia on assignment for The Washington Post. 

 

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Covering a Night in a Trauma Center

A member of the medical team's shoe is covered with blood from a patient with multiple gunshots wounds. Photo by Melissa Golden

By Sabrina Burse

That night at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Melissa Golden faced a dilemma while on assignment for the Wall Street Journal. She had to balance her instinct to comfort against her duty as a photojournalist.

“That evening, it was a 12-hour shift,” Golden said. “Over the course of that shift we certainly saw a number of gunshot victims, stabbed victims, and people who had been assaulted.”

The world can affect both what is in front of the camera and the person behind it. Golden covered the events of that one night at the trauma center that encapsulated some of the harm those victims felt.

“Witnessing so much literal pain and suffering made me have to have what I call ‘cognitive dissonance management’,” Golden said.

Since the time when she was a student at the University of Georgia, photojournalism has been Golden’s passion. Currently based in Atlanta, she has done work ranging from magazines to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times and others. She believes that being a photojournalist is one more way to tell a story.

“It is one of the most essential parts of the functioning of democracy. It’s really, for me, a civic duty,” Golden said.

Helicopter transport at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Photo by Melissa Golden

The Wall Street Journal arranged access for Golden to cover that night at the trauma center. Growing up watching surgery and hospital shows made it easier to disconnect from what was happening.

“Different types of traumas affect photojournalists in different ways, and it’s not the most obvious ones,” Golden said.

Golden said that she respected that that the law requires a hospital escort who made sure she didn’t violate patient privacy by taking photographs that revealed who the victims were.

“I have never fought against what I have considered to be very reasonable HIPAA requests that I have encountered over the years,” Golden said.

Golden said that when she covered the trauma center in Baltimore, she posted a photograph of a victim who the hospital had concerns about.

“They asked me to change the caption to make the victim less identifiable because they felt that between the caption and the tattoo, friends and family could identify the victim. I felt that was a very reasonable request, and I complied,” Golden said.

It wasn’t until she witnessed a large number of car accident victims over the course of the 12-hour-shift that the pain hit closer to home. She thought she could be involved in an accident just like the victims.

“I had to manage my emotions and instinct for the duty I was there to perform. It was also a reminder that I shouldn’t text while driving,” said Golden.

 

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NPPA Submits Comments on Copyright Office Reform

As part of a coalition of visual artists the NPPA filed comments today in response to the House Judiciary Committee’s first policy proposal from its multi-year review of the U.S. Copyright law, entitled “Reform of the U.S. Copyright Office.” Those comments consist of two parts. The first portion responds to the portions of the policy proposal pertaining to (1) The Register of Copyrights and the Copyright Office Structure; (2) Copyright Office Advisory Committees; and (3) Information Technology Upgrades. The second part of our response contains our views with respect to creation within the Copyright Office of “a small claims system consistent with the report on the issue released by the Copyright Office.” We are hopeful that these initiatives will bring about greater copyright protection for our members. The coalition is comprised of the American Photographic Artists, American Society of Media Photographers, Digital Media Licensing Association, Graphic Artists Guild, National Press Photographers Association, North American Nature Photography Association and Professional Photographers of America.

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The National Press Photographers Association Announces Groundbreaking Training Initiative on Drone Journalism

The innovative program, in partnership with Google News Lab, features workshops with The Poynter Institute, The Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska and DJI.

Athens, Ga. (Jan. 30, 2017) – The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), the Poynter Institute, Google News Lab, Drone Journalism Lab, and DJI have unveiled an innovative program to train journalists in using drones, or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), for their news coverage. The program, which features hands-on workshops and online teaching, is powered by the Google News Lab.

Those workshops, scheduled from March to August at universities from coast to coast, will offer training on safe drone operations as well as information that drone pilots need to study for the Federal Aviation Administration’s new Part 107 Drone Pilot’s Certificate. In addition, the three-day workshops will focus on the legal and ethical issues of drone journalism, community best practices and coordinated operations in a breaking news environment, as well as explore ways drone photography can be used in innovative storytelling.

The workshops also will include NPPA’s legal counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher, who has worked for years speaking on behalf of journalists as the federal government drafted regulations for where and when drone journalists could fly.

“NPPA has been at the forefront in advocating for the use of drones for newsgathering. With that opportunity comes an inherent role of operating them in a legal, safe and responsible manner,” Osterreicher said. “The legal landscape is especially complex because state and local governments increasingly are imposing their own restrictions on drone flights,” he added.

“We’re dedicated to supporting journalists’ experimentation with new technology,” said Erica Anderson of Google News Lab. “Drones present an opportunity for journalists to tell stories in visually rich and immersive ways, but there are still many open questions on how to apply them safely, ethically and creatively for news reporting. We couldn’t be more pleased to partner with The Poynter Institute on the drone journalism program to help tackle these challenges.”

Poynter will be leading these workshops in partnership with NPPA, the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska, the Google News Lab and DJI. Additional online training will be available later this year via Poynter’s e-learning platform, News University.

“As a certified drone pilot myself, I know how difficult the exam can be for people who have no other pilot training,” said Poynter’s Al Tompkins, who is organizing the workshops. “Our goal is not to make you ‘test-ready’ but to show you what will be on the exam and to give you the fundamental knowledge you will need to study for the test.”

“Drones are purpose-built context machines. They can, in less time and at vastly reduced costs, give a viewer an understanding of the scale and scope of a story unlike anything else journalists have in the toolbox,” said the Drone Journalism Lab’s Matt Waite, who has become a leading voice for drone journalism through his work at the University of Nebraska. “Just getting a drone straight up 100 feet in the air has the power to change our understanding of how big, how far, how wide, how massive something is. And it can be done safely and for very little cost.”

The program also will feature hands-on introductory flight training sponsored by DJI, the global leader in drone technology and 2016 winner of NPPA's Lemen award for technology innovation in photojournalism. “We are thrilled to join with Poynter to empower journalists with state-of-the-art technology that inspires innovative storytelling,” said DJI policy lead Jon Resnick.

Four universities are serving as hosts and partners for these workshops: the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, March 17-19; Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications, April 21-23; University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication, June 16-18; and the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication in Portland, Aug. 18-20.

In addition, the Google News Lab will support a limited number of travel scholarships for members of the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Asian American Journalists Association, Native American Journalists Association and NLGJA, the Association of LGBTQ journalists.

Participation at each hands-on workshop will be limited to the first 60 people to register. Workshop details are available at http://about.poynter.org/training/in-person/drones-17.

About the National Press Photographers Association

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) is the leading voice advocating for the rights of visual journalists today. As the voice of visual journalists since 1946, NPPA has led the fight to promote and protect integrity and excellence in visual journalism. Its code of ethics stands for the highest integrity in visual storytelling. Its advocacy efforts put NPPA in the center of today’s thorniest issues in support of journalists throughout the country, while its educational initiatives seek to prepare visual journalists to meet the challenges of the profession. In light of these challenges, the work of NPPA has never been more vital than it is today.

About Google News Lab

Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google created the News Lab to support the creation and distribution of the information that keeps people informed about what's happening in the world today—quality journalism. Today's news organizations and media entrepreneurs are inventing new ways to discover, create and distribute news content—and Google News Lab is here to provide tools, data and programs designed to help.

About the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska

The College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln established the Drone Journalism Lab in November 2011 as part of a broad digital journalism and innovation strategy. Journalism is evolving rapidly, and journalism education must evolve with it, teaching new tools and storytelling strategies while remaining true to the core principles and ethics of journalism. The lab was started by Professor Matt Waite as a way to explore how drones could be used for reporting.

About DJI

Founded in 2006, DJI is a global industry leader in high performance and easy-to-use aerial camera systems for recreational and commercial use. DJI products empower people of all skill levels to take to the skies and capture images that were once out of their reach. The company places heavy emphasis on R&D and innovation, and is committed to bringing aerial photography and videography to all. DJI currently has business operations in the United States, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong and mainland China.

About The Poynter Institute

The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a global leader in journalism education and a strategy center that stands for uncompromising excellence in journalism, media and 21st century public discourse. Poynter faculty teach seminars and workshops at the Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and at conferences and organizational sites around the world. Its e-learning division, News University, www.newsu.org, offers the world’s largest online journalism curriculum in 7 languages, with more than 400 interactive courses and 330,000 registered users in more than 200 countries. The Institute’s website, www.poynter.org, produces 24-hour coverage of news about media, ethics, technology, the business of news and the trends that currently define and redefine journalism news reporting. The world’s top journalists and media innovators come to Poynter to learn and teach new generations of reporters, storytellers, media inventors, designers, visual journalists, documentarians and broadcast producers, and to build public awareness about journalism, media, the First Amendment and protected discourse that serves democracy and the public good.

Contact:

Mickey H. Osterreicher
General Counsel
National Press Photographers Association
[email protected]
716.983.7800

Tina Dyakon
Director of Advertising and Marketing
The Poynter Institute
[email protected] 
727-553-4343

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BOP Contest Deadlines are Near

This is a reminder and invitation to participate in the renowned annual Best of Photojournalism contest sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association. Considered “the contest designed for photojournalists by photojournalists,” we welcome you to submit work produced in the 2016 calendar year.

We hope you join numerous other photojournalists in submitting your entries to this year’s competition. There is no entry fee and NPPA membership is not required, but encouraged, in order to enter. But, the deadlines are upon us. The BOP Video and Video Editing deadline is this Friday, January 27th. February 3rd is the deadline for all other categories.

NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism competition annually attracts the most talented professionals in four divisions – BOP: Photojournalism Stills; BOP: Video and Video Editing; BOP: Multimedia, and BOP: Picture Editing. The images and stories entered in the competition are created by some of the most outstanding visual journalists of our time.

Traditionally, the contest draws storytelling images and essays about some of the most important issues facing us today. The competition truly is a celebration in the power of photojournalism in all its forms, and its ability to tell the world’s story.

Please contact us at [email protected] or 919-237-1782 if you should have any questions or would like further information.

Video entry rules and instructions are here

Still photography entry rules and instructions are here

Picture Editing entry rules and instructions are here

Multimedia entry rules and instructions are here

 

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McLoughlin and Winslow Named to NPPF Board

Michelle McLoughlin and Donald R. Winslow

The National Press Photographers Foundation has added Michelle McLoughlin and Donald Winslow as new board members.

The NPPF is a non-profit organization that grants scholarships and fellowships to visual journalists for education and advancing photojournalism. In 2016, NPPF awarded nine student scholarships as well as awards to working professionals so they can attend National Press Photographers Association workshops.

McLoughlin is an independent photographer photographing editorial and corporate assignments worldwide. She is based in Southern Connecticut.

She graduated from Boston University and is an active participant in the NPPA. She is a board member and previous chair with the Northern Short Course in Photojournalism.

McLoughlin’s work has been honored by NPPA Best of Photojournalism, The Associated Press Managing Editors Association, The Society of Professional Journalists and The New England Newspaper Association. She was an Eddie Adams Barnstorm XXIII workshop participant. McLoughlin was presented with the 2013 Professional Photographer Leadership Award by the United Nations International Photographic Council.

Winslow’s journalism career spans four decades. Currently the managing editor for the Amarillo (TX) Globe-News in the Texas Panhandle, Winslow was the editor of News Photographer magazine for the NPPA from 2003 until 2016.

During his career he has been a photojournalist, picture and graphics editor, director of photography, writer, and new media producer. Winslow worked for Reuters as a photojournalist and editor based in Washington, D.C. covering the White House and sports, and for Reuters NewMedia, in Reston, VA, and New York City.

Winslow has taught photography and photojournalism at two universities in Italy; the John Felice Rome Center (the Italian campus of Loyola University of Chicago), and the John Cabot University in Trastevere. Previously, he taught at Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland. He is an NPPA Life Member.

 

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Craighead is in "Tryout" to be Next White House Photographer

UPDATE: 1/21/17: A CNN/Money reports says that Shealah Craighead is one of the photographers working for the Trump administration and that she is in a "tryout" for the top position. CNN"s Brian Stelter said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed that they had not announced the president's photographer. Read the story here.  

ATHENS, GA - January 21, 2017 - Speculation from online sources are pointing to Shealah Craighead as the official White House Photographer for President Donald Trump. First reported by the Photo Brigade website late on Inauguration Day, further evidence has appeared today with the creation of the @shealahphoto45 Twitter account.

Craighead has not responded to requests from the NPPA for confirmation and no official announcement has been made. Photo Brigade, several hours after their post, credited former President Obama’s official photographer Pete Souza as their source on the story. Politico, without the Souza source, had a one sentence mention of Craighead in their coverage under the topic of “Buzz.”

Cragihead’s business website also has not announced the new job, but her resume is a strong one for the position. She was worked in the White House as photo editor for Vice President Dick Cheney, as an official White House Photographer and the personal photographer to First Lady Laura Bush. She was also Sarah Palin’s campaign photographer.

As a freelancer based in Washington, D.C., her clients have included Vice President Joe Biden, and Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Without a confirmation, it is unclear whether Craighead started working on Inauguration Day. Her personal Twitter account, @shealahDCphoto, is still active and there are no posts on the new account. The “45” in that handle is presumed to connect to Trump’s position as the 45th president of the United States.

 

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NPPA 2017 Awards Announced, Williamson and Kobre Named Sprague Award Winners

Michael Williamson, left, and Ken Kobre. Both are winners of the 2017 Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award

ATHENS, GA (January 19, 2017) – The National Press Photographers Association’s highest honor, the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, will be presented in 2017 to two individuals for their commitment to the craft of visual journalism and to education that advances the profession.

Michael Williamson, a staff photographer at the Washington Post, is a Sprague honoree who epitomized these standards. His professional awards include two Pulitzer prizes and numerous Photographer of the Year recognitions through the NPPA, POYi, and WHNPPA competitions. He also has a rare gift in the way he sees the world, and has been generous sharing his vision and inspiring others through countless workshops and presentations.

Ken Kobre, retired professor of photojournalism at San Francisco State University, is the other Sprague honoree. He is the author of Photojournalism: The Professionals’ Approach, now in its 7th edition. It has been the textbook for countless college students who were in their beginning stages of developing their understanding of the profession. He is also known for a new book, Videojournalism: Multimedia Storytelling, as well as innovations in other areas, such as Lightscoop and the VideoPro Camera App.

Established in 1949, the Sprague Award is NPPA's most prestigious honor. It recognizes individuals who advance and elevate photojournalism by their conduct, initiative, leadership, and skill, or for unusual service or achievement beneficial to photojournalism and technological advances. It honors Joseph A. Sprague, a press technical representative for the Graflex Corporation, who is credited with designing the Big Bertha, Magic Eye, and Combat Camera for the company as well as dozens of improvements and refinements to the original Graflex Speed Graphic 4x5 camera, which was once the press industry standard.

The Sprague Awards, along with NPPA’s other top honors, will be presented during a ceremony at NPPA’s Northern Short Course in Fairfax, VA. the beginning of March.

In addition to the Sprague Awards, NPPA’s other top honors and annual recognitions were also announced.

Lisa Berglund, the owner of Gold Dog Media, is the winner of the Clifton Edom Award. Berglund is the first and only woman to win the NPPA’s TV Photographer of the Year award. She is also known for her consistent commitment to give back to the photojournalism community. The Edom Award recognizes an individual in the tradition of University of Missouri photojournalism professor Cliff Edom to inspire and motivate members of the photojournalism community to reach new heights.

John Thain is the winner of the Joseph Costa Award. His tireless efforts have brought the NPPA TV Quarterly contest to our members, and the number of entrants and entries have grown every year under his leadership. He successfully navigated through the challenges of transitioning to the new NPPA competition website to provide the best possible experience for our TV entrants, including the creation of a TVQCC Facebook group. The Joseph Costa Award is named after NPPA’s founder. The Costa Award is given for outstanding initiative, leadership, and service in advancing the goals of NPPA in Costa’s tradition.

Donald R. Winslow has won the Jim Gordon Editor of the Year Award. Following in the footsteps of Jim Gordon himself as the editor of News Photographer Magazine, Winslow continued to produce the magazine with the same high standards and quality pioneered by Jim and raised the magazine to another level, with its dynamic display of tremendous photojournalism, insightful interviews, profiles and issues of the day. The Jim Gordon Editor of the Year Award award honors an outstanding newspaper, magazine, video, movie, web, book, or other publications editor who supports and promotes strong photojournalism, best use of photography, and whose individual dedication and efforts have moved photojournalism’s standards forward. It is named after Jim Gordon, who was NPPA’s News Photographer magazine editor for 25 years until he retired in 2003.

John Larson has been awarded the John Durniak Mentor Award for his incredible generosity in helping others achieve their goals - both in the broad sense of how he volunteers at countless workshops as an editor and coach, and on a much more personal level, offering advice and assistance on special projects of individual visual storytellers. the Durniak Award is given to an individual who has served as an outstanding photojournalism mentor. Durniak was executive editor of Popular Photography magazine, a picture editor at Time magazine and The New York Times, and the managing editor of Look. During his career he nurtured some of the most prominent photojournalists of the 20th Century.

Bethany Swain, a lecturer at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, has won the Robin F. Garland Educator Award for her dedication to her students, who have related about the breadth of professional knowledge she has shared with them. And not just from a technical perspective but also real “inside” advice and guidance about developing and maintaining relationships, both within the newsroom and with their subjects. She also done a wonderful job starting and advising Maryland’s very active and engaged NPPA student chapter, which is comprised primarily of students with a focus on broadcast photojournalism. The Garland Award is given for outstanding service as a photojournalism educator. Garland was a picture editor and war correspondent for the Saturday Evening Post until he joined Graflex Inc. as press technical representative after World War II. Later he became a press photography product specialist for Eastman Kodak Co. 

DJI Technology Inc. is awarded the J. Winton Lemen Award. DJI has been instrumental in developing products that visual journalists rely upon for news gathering, training our members and others in the safe use of sUAS, also known as drones. The Lemen Award is given in recognition of outstanding technical achievement supporting and advancing the best interest of the Visual Journalism community. Lemen was a charter member of the NPPA. In 1952, after a distinguished career as a news photographer at the Rocky Mountain News, Pittsburgh Press, and Buffalo Times, he established the photo press markets division of the Eastman Kodak Co. and served as the firm's liaison with news photographers.

Gabriel Green, an independent journalist, has won the NPPA Humanitarian award for his work in Greece, where he documented the refugee crisis. He stayed there for almost a year, continuing to document the refugees and also volunteering with NGOs to help those refugees. In one instance, his efforts resulted in the rescue of refugees whose boat had capsized.

The Alicia Calzada First Amendment Award has been award to Chuck Tobin, Joel Roberson and Christine Walz of the Holland and Knight law firm. The award recognize recognizes the work the three, and their firm, have done on sUAS issues, often representing the the NPPA on a Pro Bono basis. Their staunch advocacy for the legal use of drones for news gathering is greatly appreciated and respected. The award recognizes an individual who has worked to promote and advance the First Amendment, especially as it relates to news photographers. It is named after NPPA past president Alicia Wagner Calzada, the founder and longtime chair of NPPA's Advocacy Committee, who is now an attorney specializing in media law. 

Anne Herbst, a photojournalist at KUSA in Denver, is the winner of the Morris Berman Citation. She put in tireless effort in successfully resurrecting the Women in Photojournalism Conference. Through her commitment, she enabled a conference that benefitted all members of the visual storytelling community, with a focus on diversity in the voices of the presenters. The Berman Citation is given to individuals or organizations for special contributions that have advanced the interests of photojournalism. 

Kenneth P. McLaughlin Award of Merit has been award to Carolyn Hall. As NPPA Treasurer, she took herself out of her comfort zone and immersed in all aspects of the NPPA’s financial realities. She attacked the position in an effort tget on top of the intricacies of the organization’s budget at a very critical time for the NPPA. The McLaughlin Award is given to those who have rendered ongoing and outstanding service in the interests of news photography. McLaughlin, a photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle until his death in 1966, was the third president of the NPPA.

Phil Greer is the winner of the Bert Williams Award for his work at numerous papers, both large and small, throughout Illinois. He was Director of Photography at the Chicago Tribune, and continues to serve the industry as an educator at Southern Illinois University. The Burt Williams Award is in memory of one of NPPA’s founders and its first national secretary. It is given to a news photographer who has completed at least 40 years of service to the industry.

John Long Ethics Award is awarded to Fred Ritchin, Dean of the School at the International Center of Photography. John Long himself spoke of Ritchin's book, In Our Own Image, as a major in influence on his understanding of the ethics of digital manipulation, even before we had established the formal position of “Ethics Chair.” His work helped inform how we approached ethics for the NPPA over the next quarter of a century.

The Outstanding Student Chapter Award goes to the Howard University Student NPPA Chapter. Even though the chapter is in its first year, it has been extremely active and engaged, launching their own Pictures of the Year competition, hosting Geekfest and participating in regional and national photojournalism events.

NPPA Special Citations have been awarded to Jake May and Matt Gade. For May, the award recognizes his tireless efforts covering the water crisis in Flint, Michigan with empathy and insight. He also is recognized for his leadership with the Michigan Press Photographers Association, his position as NPPA Regional Chair or one of the many workshops he has volunteered to participate in. Gade is recognized for his tireless efforts in serving as the NPPA’s Central Region Clip chair, and the consistent timeliness in which he handles those responsibilities. including his diligence in communicating results with our members and posting them to our contest website.

 

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5 Tips for Covering Conflict at the 2017 Inauguration

Athens, GA (January 17, 2017) –With the Presidential Inaugural only three days away, journalists from all over the world are expected in Washington to cover the festivities as well as the anticipated protests.

In preparation for the conventions, NPPA General Counsel Mickey Osterreicher has several tips for dealing with law enforcement and protesters in an effort to avoid altercations and to keep journalists safe.

REFERENCE NPPA ADVOCACY

It is imperative that journalists are aware of their rights and the protections available to them when entering a possibly dangerous or hostile environment. NPPA has a wealth of knowledge and advocacy options for member visual journalists. See: First Amendment Issues in Public Spaces Symposium Takeaway and Practical Advice about Covering High Conflict News and Before You Fly Reminds UAS Users to Check for Flight Restrictions during the Presidential Inauguration 

Information about press credentials and visual journalist rights can be found on the NPPA advocacy page. NPPA will also be coordinating with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press who operate a First Amendment rights hotline at (800) 336-4243.

MAINTAIN SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

One of the important aspects of covering high-stress events like the Presidential Inaugural is being aware of your surroundings and having an exit plan in case the situation becomes hostile. Be aware of exits and the areas that press is allowed to enter, as well as the location of nearby police officers in case of an altercation with protesters.

An effective way to increase situational awareness is to work in pairs with other journalists.

"It's really a good idea to work with somebody else so they can watch your back,” Osterreicher said.

He also suggests that, in the event that the situation takes a turn for the worse, journalists should move toward the nearest police officer under the assumption that they could protect you from hostile or violent protesters.

IDENTIFY YOURSELF AS A JOURNALIST

If crowds become hostile, the last thing a journalist wants is to be mistaken for an instigator, which could lead to physical harm or arrest. To set yourself apart from protesters and other attendees at the conventions, make sure to openly display press credentials and dress in a professional manner, Osterreicher said.

IF CONFRONTED, MAINTAIN PROFESSIONALISM

“The first reaction to a police officer approaching is often to take this defensive posture, and that could be construed badly,” Osterreicher said. Even in a stressful environment, Osterreicher urges journalists to maintain a polite, calm, and professional attitude to diffuse any possible hostility.

THINK AHEAD

In the case of an arrest, all personal belongings are confiscated by law enforcement, so it is wise to have important information and phone numbers written in permanent ink somewhere on your body so that it is available even after arrest.

Further, Osterreicher advises that having audio and video equipment in your toolset, regardless of the medium you work in. It can be important because any material recorded during an altercation or arrest may act as evidence for your defense.

Making sure you are equipped for the worst case may help in the aftermath of a hostile encounter with police, protesters and the general public.

 

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