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Chistopher Cloppas, WOAI-TV Photojournalist, One Of Two Killed In New York Crash

Photojournalist Christopher Daniel Cloppas, 25, of WOAI-TV 4 in San Antonio, TX, was killed in an automobile accident in rural Hancock, NY, in the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 5, according to friends and coworkers. News reports say another occupant of the car was killed and a third was critically injured in the one-car crash around 2:30 a.m. near the Pennsylvania border. The accident then went undiscovered for as much as five hours after the car went out of sight down an embankment and struck several trees.

Cloppas and the others were enroute to the French Woods Performing Arts camp, a children's videography workshop in upstate New York, where they all were going to be camp counselors.

“Chris was a great guy and was on his way to becoming a great photographer," WOAI-TV News 4’s chief photographer Jimmy Sena toldNews Photographer magazine. "We have dedicated our evening shows to him.”

Also killed in the crash was Dina Goldstone, 19, of Wynnewood, PA, an aspiring actress and an honor roll sophomore at NYU who had starred in high school roles and aspired to headline on Broadway. Injured passenger Robbie Porter, 22, of Glasgow, Scotland, reportedly dragged himself up a steep bank – despite a broken leg – to try to flag down help from passing motorists. Porter was hospitalized for his injuries.

"Chris could cover news like a champ and still always have a smile on his face," said his friend Richard Guerra, also a photojournalist at WOAI-TV News 4. "I worked with him for three years. We both started in production and then went to editing, and then shooting. Chris was always enthusiastic about the camera. He was always trying to get better, and he always wanted input on his work. He was extremely creative and he knew how to make this job fun. Chris was a very close friend of mine, and he will be missed. He was an asset to our station."

Police said it was five hours before the accident was discovered and that Cloppas and Goldstone died at the scene. WPVI-TV ABC news in Philadelphia reported that New York State Police said speeding and alcohol were being investigated as possible factors in the crash. Goldstone had attended the camp for 12 years, the Philadelphia Inquirer said in her obituary, and she was going to teach the campers dancing and voice this summer.

Cloppas is survived by his parents, Dan and Vicki Cloppas, of Monument, CO. He was a 2002 graduate of the University of Texas in San Antonio and a 1998 graduate of Kaiserslautern American High School in Germany.


NLGJA Photojournalism Contest Deadline June 30

The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) has announced their Excellence in Journalism Awards to recognize outstanding coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues in print in news, feature, opinion, editorial, television, radio, online, and photojournalism categories.

Jason Lloyd Clement, NLGJA’s program director, said the awards started in 1993 and the photojournalism category was added in 2003. This year’s judging by a panel of photojournalism professionals will take place throughout July. Last year’s photography winners included first place winners Paul Chinn, Deanne Fitzmaurice, Kim Komenich, Elizabeth Mangelsdorf, and John Storey, of the San Francisco Chronicle, for "Gay Marriage," and second place went to Joyce Marshall, of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, for "Becoming Maddie.” The judges last year included Nick Lammers, of The Oakland Tribune; Geri Migielicz, of the San Jose Mercury News; Amy Sancetta, of The Associated Press; and Mary Schulte, of The Kansas City Star.

“The NLGJA Excellence in Journalism Awards were established to foster, recognize and reward excellence in journalism on issues related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community,” Clement told News Photographer magazine. “In addition to Journalist of the Year, awards will be presented in the categories of HIV/AIDS Coverage, Written News, Written Feature, Written Opinion/Editorial, Radio, Television, Photojournalism, New Media, LGBT Media and Student Journalism.”

Winners will be announced September 24 during NLGJA’s 15th anniversary Celebration and Convention in Chicago, IL. The deadline for entering is June 30, 2005, and initial publication or broadcast of the contest material must have taken place between June 1 2004 and May 31 2005.

Complete rules, guidelines, and an entry form are available online at


Michele McNally Promoted To Assistant Managing Editor For Photography, The New York Times; Masthead Title

NEW YORK, NY – Bill Keller, the executive editor of The New York Times, has announced two new assistant managing editors at the newspaper, including the promotion of director of photography MicheleMcNally to A.M.E. and her inclusion in the newspaper's masthead.

McNally, the subject of a feature in this month's issue of NewsPhotographer magazine written by author SeddaKreabs, has been atTheTimesa little over a year - and somewhat surprisingly it's her first job at a daily newspaper. Prior to The Times she was the director of photography forFortunemagazine. The other assistant managing editor promotion was WilliamE.Schmidt, who has been TheTimes's associate managing editor for resources and planning.

In his memo to the staff announcing McNally's move, Keller said McNally's promotion is "both a recognition of her own strong leadership and an overdue acknowledgment of the status photojournalism has earned at this paper. The admiration our matchless team of photographers and picture editors has won for The Times, both from their professional peers and from discerning readers in general, should by now have erased any lingering notion that pictures are secondary - that they exist in service to the words, or in service to the design. They are in service to the journalism. In her first year at the paper - her first year at ANY daily newspaper - Michele has made that team more cohesive than it has been in my memory, and has raised its game. More than that, she has challenged all of us to look at the whole range of what photography can do, to be less conventional in our choices and use of pictures, to open our eyes and open our minds."

About photography at the newspaper, Keller said in an interview for a Times story about McNally's promotion, "There had been some feeling over the years that photography at TheTimes was there as an adjunct to the written word. I'm not sure it was ever true, but it's become more and more untrue the last few years."

The July 2005 issue of News Photographer, featuring "The McNally Factor."





Horst Fass Moves From Bangkok Hospital To A Rehabilitation Hospital In Germany

Horst Faas has arrived at the Klinik Marnau rehabilitation hospital in Murnau, Germany, for continued treatment after being transferred from the Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, says the AP's Denis D. Gray in Bangkok.

"Horst just called from Germany where he says he has a gorgeous view of the Alps from his bed. He even managed to get some good Bavarian beer last night," Gray reports. The update says Faas will have a computer bedside within a few days so that he can correspond via eMail and he can continue working on book and exhibition projects, although he remains paralyzed from the chest down.

Faas, 72, was stricken May 4 in Hanoi with a blood clot on his spinal column. He was evacuated by plane to Thailand where he's been in hospital until the transfer this week to Germany. He sent friends and associates an eMail earlier this week from his infirmary bed in Thailand telling of the upcoming flight to Germany, and that he anticipates many days of recovery are still ahead.

"Thank you for the continuing flow of encouraging messages for which I am very greatful," Faas wrote. "Thanks to the help of the AP's benefits department and Aetna, I will be finally transferred by Thai International to Germany on Tuesday where I will be treated, with the help of some good Bavarian beer, at a specialist clinic for the next weeks or months."

"My status is unfortunately unchanged: I cannot control my movements from the chest down and have no feeling in that area. So there has been no visible progress. However, I have been told that it may be a matter of months before there are improvements. I will be patient and work hard.

"I will let you know my mobile phone number and room telephone when I can, and plan to set up my computer for eMails."

Through Gray, Faas told friends and associates that he will be under the care of Dr. M. Potulski at the Klinic Murnau in a department that specializes in motion injuries and rehabilitation from spinal cord injuries. The hospital is on the outskirts of Munich at the foot of the Bavarian Alps and surrounded by lakes and mountain views.

A legendary war photojournalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, Faas, 72, had been hospitalized in Bangkok since he was evacuated from Hanoi on May 4 following a 30th anniversary reunion of photojournalists who covered the Vietnam War. Doctors at first thought he might be having a heart problem but then later discovered that he was suffering from a large blood clot on his spinal column.

Faas retired last year from the Associated Press in London where he was the senior editor of photography for Europe after a five-decade career as one of the world’s leading conflict photographers. He was stricken in Hanoi shortly after the war reunion and while he was getting ready to present one of his photography clinics with associate Tim Page and other photojournalists, reports his long-time friend Richard Pyleof the Associated Press, who was with Faas and other journalists in Vietnam for the 30th anniversary of the end of the war. Pyle says Faas was taken to a Hanoi emergency clinic, and then airlifted to Thailand for advanced care. Faas celebrated his 72nd birthday in Saigon on April 27.

Pyle, who had been AP’s Saigon bureau chief during the war, and Faas, an AP photographer who covered Vietnam from very early in the conflict, are long-time friends as well as being co-authors of the book Lost Over Laos (Da Capo Press, 2003). Pyle said that Faas and many other photojournalists had been in Saigon for the war reunion before Faas flew to Hanoi to put on a workshop for Vietnamese photographers. Pyle said he and others in the group were on a tour in Saigon and when they returned to the hotel there was an urgent message from the AP bureau in Hanoi telling them to call immediately. When they did, they learned that Faas had been taken to an emergency clinic.

Krista Kennell, assistant managing editor of ZUMA Press, was also there. "Horst was taken from our hotel in Hanoi, the De Syloia, to a clinic. I had just got to know him that weekend," she said. "He's such an amazing guy, and told great stories. On the night of his birthday they had a big Vanity Fair photo shoot on the roof of the hotel, and then there were drinks and a few stories. I was so impressed with his openness and his humor. The day of the memorial, they were all outside and it was hot and they were running around in the heat. Maybe it was too much. On the day I shot his portrait (above) he was having trouble walking and standing. In fact, I had him sit down. When he got sick and they took him from the hotel, that night they flew him to Bangkok."

Pyle said that the Associated Press arranged for the aircraft, which was staffed with medical personnel, to evacuate Faas to the Bumrungrad Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand, for advanced treatment and care. Bumrungrad is Southeast Asia’s largest private hospital and the first hospital in Asia to be certified by the U.S.-based Joint Commission on International Accreditation, according to the hospital’s Web site, treating 275,000 patients annually from 150 nations. At Bumrungrad, Faas was treated by an Australian doctor who discovered the blood clot problem and he was taken into surgery to drain the blood from his spinal column, Pyle said. But the paralysis remained after surgery.

Faas was born in Berlin in 1933 and his photographic career began in 1951 with the Keystone Agency. He covered the Indochina peace negotiations in Geneva in 1954. He’s been with the AP since 1956 covering wars in the Congo, Algeria, Vietnam, and Laos. He was AP’s chief photographer for Southeast Asia from 1962 to 1974 based in Saigon, and he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1965 for his portfolio of photographs from Vietnam, then again in 1972 for his coverage of the conflict in Bangladesh. He’s a winner of the Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club, and until his retirement from AP last year he was a senior editor based in their London bureau.

In addition to his own accomplishments as a photojournalist, Faas is the picture editor who pulled what he later called "The Perfect Newspicture" from a roll of the late Eddie Adams's film in Saigon on February 1, 1968. "The Saigon Execution," Faas wrote in The Digital Journalist, was "the perfectly framed and exposed 'frozen moment' of an event which I felt instantly would become representative of the brutality of the Vietnam War." Faas is also the picture editor who transmitted Nick Ut's famous "Napalm Girl" photograph of severely burned Kim Phuc in 1972, moving it on the AP photo network after another editor had refused to send it because of the graphic content.


Freelance Photojournalist Don Murray, 45

Freelance photojournalist Don Murray, 45, died Friday of a heart attack while driving to his Mount Laurel, NJ, beach home following an assignment in New York, his agency ZUMA Press announced today. Murray freelanced for the New York Post, the Philadelphia Daily News, The Washington Post, Time, the Associated Press and others, and he was represented by ZUMA.

Murray left his job at IBM in the 1990s to pursue his passion for photojournalism, and ZUMA’s director and founder Scott Mc Kiernanremembers Murray as “a hard core news photographer and a go-getter who would never fail to deliver the money shot. Don will be greatly missed by all of us who knew and worked with him.”

Murray’s oldest son Michael Murray, 23, told the New York Post, “He just loved his job. He loved it all. And he was a true professional.” Murray’s photographic Web site with his portfolio is online at

Murray is survived by his wife, Berjoohy, and sons Michael and David, 21. A memorial service was scheduled for Thursday June 2 at the Holy Trinity Church, 101 Ashmead Road, Cheltenham, PA.


WKU's Jim Winn Wins Hearst Photojournalism Championship

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Winning college photojournalists in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Journalism Awards Program were announced last night during an awards dinner in San Francisco. Jim Winn, of Western Kentucky University, is the first place photojournalist winning a $5,000 scholarship. Daron Dean of the University of Florida, an NPPA member since 2002, finished second with a $4,000 scholarship, and Haraz Ghanbari of Kent State University, an NPPA member since 2001, finished third with a $3,000 scholarship.

Hearst program director Jan C. Watten said there were also three runners-up in the photojournalism championship who will each receive a $1,500 scholarship. They are Melanie Holloway Blanding, of Western Kentucky University, an NPPA member since 2002; Erik Jacobs, of Western Kentucky University, and Ray M. Jones, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

A $1,000 award for Best Single Photograph went to Jacobs, and a $1,000 award for Best Picture Story or Series went to Blanding.

Semi-finalists in the photojournalism championship each receive $1,000 scholarships. They are Wiqan Ang, Western Kentucky University;Chris Bergin, Ball State University; Justin Cook, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; David Degner, Western Kentucky University,Emily G. Harris, University of Florida; and Dana M. Rieber, Western Kentucky University.

The championship was held in San Francisco from May 23 to May 28. Finalists were brought to the city to demonstrate their photography skills in rigorous on-the-spot assignments, and were then judged by a panel of professionals brought in to evaluate their work.

More information about the winners, including winners in the writing and broadcast news championships, is available online at


NPPA Honors, Awards, Presented At National Best Of Photojournalism Day

SAN ANTONIO, TX - The National Press Photographers Association's Honors and Recognitions Committee tonight presented awards to the top winners of the 2005 Best Of Photojournalism photography, television, Web, and editing contests, as well as recognizing those individuals who have supported NPPA and who have assisted photojournalism, and photojournalists, and who have contributed to the betterment of our profession during the past year.

Wally McNamee and Rob Galbraith were presented with the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, the highest honor bestowed by NPPA. Established in 1949, it is awarded annually to not more than two persons of high achievement in the profession and it is given to those who advance, elevate, or attain unusual recognition for photojournalism by their conduct, initiative, leadership, skill, and devotion to duty.

McNamee, who started photography with a Speed Graphic in the U.S. Marine Corps, went to work for The WashingtonPost in 1956 covering news, sports, and then later the Vietnam war. In 1968 he joined the Washington bureau ofNewsweek magazine where he spent the next three decades covering the world’s top stories. His photographs wereNewsweek covers more than 100 times. McNamee was one of the few photographers who traveled with President Richard Nixon on his historic trip to China in 1972. He also covered numerous Olympics and, at great risk, sailed on a small boat from Barbados to Grenada to be one of the first to witness the liberation of that island by American soldiers in the early 1980s.

The Sprague Award was presented to McNamee this year because, as NPPA past-president and Honors and Recognition Committee chairperson Todd Stricker said, "Even in retirement, he's continued to serve as an inspiration to young photojournalists by serving as a speaker and faculty member at many photojournalism seminars and workshops, and he continues to stay active by counseling young students with his expertise."

Rob Galbraith is a digital photojournalist and imaging consultant who created in 1996 as "an exercise in self publishing" for his documentary photo stories. What evolved was a Web presence for photojournalists around the world to learn how to use digital cameras and to stay proficient in the daily developments in technology that wash over digital photography. Galbraith was a staff photographer at the Calgary Herald in Canada, but now his "day job" is teaching photographers and photo department managers the world over how to use today's equipment to their maximum benefit. He's the author of The Digital Photojournalist's Guide which was released in its fourth edition in 1999.

The Sprague Award was presented to Galbraith this year for "creating a place and atmosphere where photojournalists can keep up-to-date in the latest tools of their trade, exchange information in an easy-to-use forum, and in general get the information they need to make equipment decisions in a fast-changing market and workplace."

Author Sydney H. Schanberg and photography editor David Griffin were each presented with the Kenneth P. McLaughlin Award of Merit. The McLaughlin Award is given to those who render continuing outstanding service in the interest of news photography, whether or not they are members of the profession. (McLaughlin was the third president of NPPA and a photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle until his death in 1952.)

Schanberg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who covered Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos for The New York Times and whose first-person reporting of the fall of Cambodia won journalism’s top honor. His coverage of Dith Pran’s escape from Cambodia was the basis of the movie, “The Killing Fields.”

Griffin is a senior editor for National Geographic magazine and is the director of photography and illustrations. He's the former creative director for U.S. News & World Report magazine. Before that he was Geographic's director of layout and design after being design director of the book division. He's been a newspaper photographer and was the College Photographer of the Year in 1978, as well as being NPPA's Newspaper Magazine Picture Editor of the Year in 1987 and 1988.

Schanberg was presented with the McLaughlin Award in recognition of his ongoing support of documentary photojournalism and conflict photography, and for promoting truth and honesty in photojournalism and heralding the value of its presentation.

Griffin was presented with the McLaughlin Award in recognition of his continuing outstanding service in the interest of photojournalism, for redesigning News Photographer magazine in 2003 as a gift of his talents to the NPPA, and for his gracious availability as an ongoing design consultant to the NPPA's editor, for which the magazine’s staff and readers are exceedingly grateful.

John B. (Jack) Zibluk of Arkansas State University was presented with the Robin F. Garland Educator Award, an honor given for outstanding service as a photojournalism educator. Zibluk was recognized for his teaching, his dedication to photojournalism and its students, and his unyielding stance in defense of ethics, equality, diversity and educational opportunities. He’s the coordinator of the photojournalism sequence at Arkansas State as well as continuing to work as an author, columnist, and news photographer. 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 products specialist.

Photojournalist Kim Komenich of the San Francisco Chronicle was presented with the Clifton Edom Award for his tireless efforts as a teacher, speaker, and constant promoter of professionalism in photojournalism. The Edom Award recognizes an individual who, in the tradition of Cliff Edom, has inspired and motivated members of the photojournalism community to reach new heights. Edom taught at the University of Missouri for 29 years and has been credited with coining the term "photojournalism."

Komenich won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for his photographic coverage of the Philippine revolution. He's been at the Chronicle since 1982 and he's a co-founder of the San Francisco Exposure gallery, a non-profit exhibit space for issue-based social documentary photography. The Edom Award went to Komenich this year because, Stricker says, Komenich "encourages photojournalists to think, to communicate, and to see how the visuals connect the viewer to the story through a language all their own."

Professor John Freeman of the University of Florida was presented with the John Durniak Mentor Citation. This honor is given to an individual who has served as an outstanding mentor, either to a specific individual or to photojournalism in general, and nominations for this award come from working photojournalists. Freeman was given the Durniak Citation this year for "his continued support of photojournalism students, both during their time at school and after graduation." The professor has headed UF's photojournalism sequence since 1991, and he was named NPPA Educator of the Year in 2001. Formerly he was a staff photographer at The Wichita Eagle and earlier had internships at The Palm Beach Postand The Arizona Republic.

Durniak, the award's namesake, was executive editor of Popular Photography magazine, a picture editor at Timemagazine and The New York Times, and the managing editor of Look magazine. He was an enthusiastic mentor who nurtured some of the most prominent photojournalists of the 20th century. Durniak died in November 1997.

Photojournalist Todd Maisel of the New York Daily News, who is also NPPA's Region 2 associate director, was presented with the Samuel Mellor Award in recognition of his work to fight the 2004 proposed ban on photography in the New York subway and transit system, as well as for his continued work in other areas to defend and protect the rights of photojournalists. This citation honors the memory of NPPA's second national treasurer (1948-1950) who set an example of devotion to NPPA ideals. The award is given to the regional associate director (formerly regional secretary-treasurer) judged most outstanding in the performance of his or her duties. Presentation of the award was resumed in 1983 after a seven-year hiatus. Samuel Mellor was a photographer for the New York Post until his death in 1954.

J. Bruce Baumann, executive editor of The Courier & Press in Evansville, IN, was presented with the Jim Gordon Editor Of The Year Award. Baumann has been a long-time supporter of the NPPA and an ardent champion of documentary photojournalism and photojournalists. This year's Editor Of The Year Award is "in recognition of his hard work and dedication to move the industry standards of photojournalism forward, and for leading The Courier & Press to the position of the Indiana Newspaper of the Year," Stricker said.

Baumann, formerly the assistant managing editor of The Pittsburgh Press and a National Geographic photographer, is one of the few editors from the visual or photography side of newspapers to rise to the top editor's position in American newspapers. The Jim Gordon Editor Of The Year Award is given "to the editor of an outstanding newspaper, magazine, video, movie, Web site, book, or other publication or broadcast that supports and promotes strong photojournalism, and the best use of photography, and whose individual dedication and efforts have moved photojournalism's standards forward while also advancing the best interests of all photographers."

Baumann was the winner of NPPA's Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award in 1992. Established in 1949, the Sprague Award is the organization's highest honor given to a working photojournalist or editor who advances, elevates, or attains unusual recognition for the profession of photojournalism by their conduct, initiative, leadership, skill, and devotion to duty. Four times Baumann has been named NPPA's Picture Editor of the Year, and he is director of NPPA's annual Stan Kalish Picture Editing Workshop held at Ball State University's College of Communication, Information, and Media in Muncie, IN.

The Joseph Costa Award, established in 1954, is given to an individual for "their outstanding initiative, leadership and service in advancing the goals of NPPA in the tradition of Joseph Costa, the founder of NPPA, its first president and chairman of the board." Costa also edited the official NPPA magazine, then called the National Press Photographer, from the charter issue in 1946 until 1966 when he turned the helm over to editor Cal Olson (now of Fargo, ND) after Costa published 257 consecutive issues of the magazine over 21 years. For nearly 44 years Costa was a photographer, chief photographer, or photo supervisor for the New York Morning News, the New York Daily News, and the New York Daily Mirror. Until 1985 he taught photojournalism at Ball State University in Muncie, IN, where he was awarded an honorary degree upon retirement. Costa died in 1988.

This year the Costa Award was presented to Donald R. Winslow, the current editor of News Photographer magazine, himself a Hoosier who was born in Indiana, not all that far from Ball State University, in the same year the award was created. Winslow was a photojournalist for The Wabash Plain Dealer in Wabash, IN, and The Republic, in Columbus, IN, before becoming a picture editor for The Milwaukee Sentinel, The Pittsburgh Press, The Palm Beach Post, and a senior photographer and editor for Reuters in Washington, DC. He was director of photography for CNET Networks in San Francisco, CA, and a freelance photojournalist in the Bay Area before becoming NPPA's publications editor in 2003 whenJim Gordon retired after 25 years as News Photographer magazine's longest-running editor. (Gordon published 304 consecutive issues plus some annual directories, surpassing Costa's publication count by 47.) Stricker said the Costa Award this year was given for "breathing new life into News Photographer magazine, and for exhibiting a commitment to the advancement of NPPA."

Mark Bell, president of, was presented with the J. Winton Lemen Award for "providing the photojournalism community with a sensible, constant voice on safety issues, and for his tireless efforts to bring safety awareness to the working photojournalist and their employers." The Lemen Award is given to those who render continuing outstanding service in the interest of press photography and for outstanding technical achievement in photography. For three decades Bell has worked in television engineering and broadcasting and was one of the early adopters of ENG technology and the conversion of vehicles into mobile ENG facilities. In 1997 he was the lead editor of one of the most comprehensive ENG safety reports to date, and in 1998 he produced the NPPA's publication "Look Up And Live" for television photojournalists who operate television ENG mast trucks. J. Winton Lemen, the award's namesake, was a charter member of the NPPA and after a distinguished photographic career, he established the photo press market division of the Eastman Kodak company.

Alex Burrows, director of photography for The Virginian-Pilot, was presented with the Morris Berman NPPA Citation in recognition of his outstanding service for ten years as the chairperson for the NPPA Picture Editing Quarterly Clip Contest (PEQCC). Berman was a past president of the NPPA. Before he died in 2002, Berman had attended every one of NPPA’s conventions. The Berman citation is given to an individual for special contributions advancing the interests of photojournalism.

NPPA's Regional Publication Award was presented Region 10's Web site, Region 10's director is Matt McColl of KVBC-TV in Las Vegas, and the associate director is Sarah Orr of the Napa Valley Register in Napa, CA. Jeff Gritchen, of the Press-Telegram in Long Beach, CA, is the online editor and Webmaster. The award was given, Stricker says, "for continually striving to maintain the best content and presentation for the members of Region 10, and for making the entire Region feel like a part of the publication by including streaming video as part of their online presence."

NPPA member Timothy W. Horstman was presented with the NPPA’s Humanitarian Award for putting his own life at risk in order to help a family who had been carjacked. "His unselfish and courageous behavior helped police catch the suspect, saving a mother and her three children from harm," Stricker said.

NPPA's Outstanding Student Chapter Award this year goes to the University of Florida for "continuing the tradition of excellence in photojournalism for its students."

NPPA President’s Medals were presented to Cheryl Grant, formerly a news director at WZZM-TV, and WZZM-TV's Tim Geraghty, as well as to Susan Gould, Ilene Gould, Isaac Gould, and Mindy L. Baker. The President's Award is awarded at the discretion of the president to recognize special services that have been provided to the NPPA.

Earlier this year, winners were judged in the 2005 Best Of Photojournalism contest for photography, television, Web, and picture editing. JimGehrz of the Minneapolis Star Tribune was named NPPA BOP Newspaper Photographer of the Year, and Corky Scholl of KUSA-TV in Denver, CO, was named the NPPA BOP Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year. Brian Weister of KMGH-TV in Denver is the Television Editor of the Year, and freelance photojournalist Jon Lowenstein of Chicago was honored with Clif Edom's "New America Award."

Mark Edelson of The Palm Beach Post was the Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year, and Time magazine's picture editing team of MicheleStephenson, MaryAnne Golon, and Mark Rykoff won the top picture editing honors for magazines. The Los Angeles Times won for Best Use of Pictures in the Editing category for large newspapers, and The Concord Monitor won the same honor for newspapers with circulation less than 75,000.

The history of NPPA's awards and honors as well as a full list of the past winners is online here.


NPPA Board Meets Until 4 A.M. In San Antonio

Alicia Wagner Calzada

SAN ANTONIO, TX  – The National Press Photographers Association's annual two-day board of directors meeting ran long and ended in the early hours of Saturday morning with the passing of a new annual budget for the coming fiscal year and electing new national officers.

Alicia Wagner Calzada, a staff photojournalist for Rumbo in San Antonio, TX, was elected president, and photojournalistTony Overman, Region 11's director from Olympia, WA, was elected vice president. Jim Sulley, vice president for the Americas for Newscast in New York, NY, who was once Region 2's director and associate director and who has served six years on the NPPA board, was elected treasurer.

Jim SulleyPhotojournalist Sean Elliot of The Day in Norwich, CT, remains as the organization's national secretary, andMatt McColl, Region 10's director from KVBC-TV in Las Vegas, NV, was elected as the Executive Committee board representative. (This year candidates for the E.C. board representative could come only from even numbered Regions). Outgoing president Bob Gould of WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, MI, becomes the immediate past president, a post that also serves as a member of the Executive Committee.

Two board members were elected to the Judiciary Committee: Harry DiOrio, Region 2 director from New York, NY, and Sarah Orr, Region 10 associate director from Napa, CA. Lalo Garcia of News 8 Austin has been re-appointed chairperson for the Judiciary Committee by incoming president Calzada for another term.

The board went way past the hour it was scheduled to adjourn on Friday night, meeting until after 4 a.m. on Saturday morning performing a meticulous line-by-line examination of the proposed 2005-2006 fiscal year budget, conducting evaluations, and electing new officers. The board made adjustments and changes on almost every line item of the budget to bring programs and costs into line with the organization’s revenues and forecasts. By a unanimous vote, the board adopted NPPA's 2005-2006 budget of $1.352 million dollars at 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

After adopting the budget, the remaining time in the meeting was spent doing the executive editor's annual review, hearing a presentation on News Photographer magazine, electing national officers, and appointing Judiciary Committee members. At one point around 2 a.m. Saturday morning a hotel security guard informed the board that they had to leave the meeting room, it was past the time meetings were allowed to continue and that cleaning crews were waiting to set up the room for the next day's meeting. Minutes later, the guard came back to say the the meeting could continue after all, the hotel employees had stopped waiting and gone home for the night.

During the meeting that officially started Thursday morning, the board heard reports on several annual events including the Flying Short Course, the Women in Photojournalism Conference, the Northern Short Course, and the NPPA's upcoming 60th anniversary event. Other topics the board discussed include the location of the national office, national office staffing levels, NPPA membership cards, funding for promotional and marketing initiatives, and other budgetary issues.

NPPA past president Clyde Mueller gave the board a report on the Best Of Photojournalism still photography contest, and Merry Murray-Rogers and Mike Harrity reported on the Best Of Photojournalism television photography and editing contest.

A number of resolutions were voted on by the board during the two-day meeting.

The treasurer’s term of office resolution modifying the national treasurer's length of term from a four-year term to a two-year term passed.

A resolution proposed by NPPA outgoing president Gould established the Cutting Edge Workshop as a standing committee in the NPPA bylaws was passed.

A resolution to change the chairperson of the Executive Committee on Nominations making the NPPA's past president the Chair of the EC Committee on Nominations instead of the post being filled by the Executive Committee Board Member Representative was amended and passed so that the president appoints the nominations committee chair.

A resolution to de-limit the terms for Executive Committee members and allow for the re-election of the president, with the past president serving another term on the Executive Committee, passed.

A resolution lowering NPPA membership dues for those serving in the military was amended to create a separate military division in the membership categories, with no reduction in dues, and then passed.

A resolution establishing that the Finance Committee be chaired by the national treasurer and be populated by the vice president and two other members, any one of which shall be a member of the previous year's Finance Committee (excluding the past president, president, and secretary), and that they be appointed by the board of directors at the annual business meeting, was amended. An amended resolution establishing that the vice president shall sit on the Finance Committee along with two committee members appointed by the treasurer was passed.

The resolution that establishes the treasurer as a non-voting member of the Executive committee was rejected.

A resolution to impose a time limit for approving the Executive Committee's meeting minutes failed.

A resolution to return to the previous practice of proposed resolutions being provided to the NPPA board of directors 90 days before a meeting, and the resolution must contain the exact language of the affected section of the Bylaws so that there is no potential for misunderstanding was postponed indefinitely.

A resolution calling for chairmen of NPPA educational programs and workshops be appointed by the NPPA president at least one year prior to the planned date of the event (so that educational programs can be planned well in advance and save money) was postponed indefinitely.


NPPA National Best Of Photojournalism Day A Hit

NPPA's National Best of Photojournalism day at the Crown Plaza Hotel in downtown San Antonio, TX, on the city's famous Riverwalk, was filled with educational speakers, break-out workshops, and wrapped up at night with a BOP awards dinner. The special event marked the end of NPPA's annual two-day board of directors meeting, including the installation of the new national officers.

The executive committee and board of directors met in San Antonio starting on Wednesday June 22, and NPPA's official business meeting continued through Thursday and concluded at 4 a.m. on Saturday morning. The board spent many hours Friday afternoon, Friday night, and Saturday morning going over the association's proposed budget for the 2005-2006 Fiscal Year before adopting the $1.35 million dollar spreadsheet.

Gene Policinski, executive director of the First Amendment Center, the morning's keynote speaker, reported on the state of the First Amendment and what's being done about the ongoing assault on journalists' freedoms. In conjunction with his address the First Amendment Center released the results of a study aimed at America's perception of the First Amendment. Policinski, a 27-year journalism veteran who started with newspapers in Indiana before moving to the Gannett News Service bureau in Washington, DC, was the page one editor for USA Today and the founding editor for USA Today Baseball Weekly before joining the Freedom Forum in 1996.

Educational workshop speakers included BOP Newspaper Photographer of the Year Jim Gehrz, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and BOP Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year Corky Scholl, of KUSA-TV, Denver, CO. Other speakers included Scott Mc Kiernan, director of ZUMA Press in Laguna Beach, CA, and a presentation by Eric Kehe, director of photography for Denver's KUSA-TV, the BOP large market Station of the Year.

Also in the line-up of speakers was NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism Television Editor of the Year Brian Weister, of KMGH-TV in Denver, CO, who talked about the art of editing and what he did to be NPPA's Editor of the Year two years running; Andrea Bruce Woodall, a staff photojournalist for The Washington Post who focused on community journalism in Iraq without being embedded with the military; Santiago Lyon, director of photography for The Associated Press, who talked about their coverage in Iraq and the Pulitzer Prize-winning essay from their war coverage; and Greg Smith, NPPA's Business Practices Commmittee chair, who talked about issues facing freelance photojournalists today and NPPA's "Best Practices" business recommendations.

The BOP awards banquet followed Saturday evening beginning at 7 p.m. and include Television and Still photography awards along with the Sprague Awards and other NPPA honors and recognitions.

New NPPA national officers were sworn in Saturday evening before the awards. Alicia Wagner Calzada, a staff photojournalist for Rumbo in San Antonio, was elected president, and Tony Overman, Region 11 director from Olympia, WA, was elected vice president. Jim Sulley, who has served six years on the NPPA board as a Regional director or associate director, was elected treasurer.

Jim Gehrz grew up in St. Paul, MN, where he dreamed of some day taking photographs for one of the hometown newspapers. While studying at Hamline University took photographs for the school’s news bureau and also freelanced for community newspapers in the area. His first fulltime newspaper job was at the Worthington Daily Globe where he worked for a year-and-a-half before becoming a staff photojournalist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a position he held for nearly 14 years. In 1999 he joined the St. Paul Pioneer Press, then joined the photography staff at the Minneapolis Star Tribune in January 2004. He’s has been named state Photographer of the Year ten times (four times by the Minnesota News Photographers Association, six by the Wisconsin News Photographers Association) and one of his photographs from Super Bowl XXXII was honored as the Pro Football Hall of Fame Photograph of the Year.

Washington Post photographer Andrea Bruce Woodall has traveled to Iraq five times since the war began. Most recently, she arrived a week shy of the first anniversary of the invasion in March and stayed through a period in which a widespread insurgency against the U.S. occupation flared anew, and U.S. fatalities approached 1,000.

She was born in Lafayette, IN, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995 with a degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Although reporting was her concentration in school, her senior year introduced her to photography where she discovered her passion for photojournalism. After several internships, she started her newspaper photography career in 1997 atThe Concord Monitor in New Hampshire where she worked for four years. After a short stint on the photo staff at The St. Petersburg Times, she landed a staff job at The Washington Post in 2001. In 1999 she was named the New Hampshire Press Photographer of the year. She has been named White House News Photographer of the Year in 2003 for her coverage of Washington, DC, post September 11th, and her pictures of former Vice President Al Gore. This year she was again named White House News Photographer of the Year and was awarded the John Faber Overseas Press Club Award for photos of an Iraqi prostitute. She lives in Maryland with her two dogs.

Santiago Lyon is director of photography of The Associated Press, responsible for the AP's global photography report and the hundreds of photographers and photo editors worldwide who produce it. He has 20 years' experience in news service photography and has won multiple photojournalism awards for his coverage of conflicts around the globe. Under Lyon's direction, the war in Iraq earned the AP its 48th Pulitzer Prize in 2005, for work by a team of photographers. The AP's winning entry for breaking news photography, its 29th for photography, consisted of 20 photos from Iraq by 11 different photographers, five of them Iraqis.

Lyon joined AP in 1991 in Cairo, Egypt, after working for United Press International and Reuters. He has covered stories in Mexico, Central and South America, the 1991 Gulf War, Croatia, Bosnia, Albania, Kosovo, Israel, Palestine, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Rwanda, Yemen, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. In 1995, while on assignment in Sarajevo, he was wounded by mortar shrapnel. Lyon served as AP photo editor for Spain and Portugal from 1995 until 2003, when he accepted a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University.

Scott Mc Kiernan boasts over 30 years of wide ranging experience in photojournalism as a photographer, picture editor, and agent. Averaging 300 assignments annually for more than a decade, Mc Kiernan developed a reputation as a world-class shooter and he founded ZUMA Press in 1995. ZUMA Press is now the world’s largest independent editorial agency and largest owned and run by a working photojournalist.


Future Unclear For Cameras In New York Courts

 Last week’s ruling by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, that there is no constitutional right for news cameras to be in New York Courts puts the matter back into the hands of the state’s legislature, unless it goes before the United States Supreme Court first. The legislature passed a law allowing cameras in New York courts from 1987 to 1997 as an experiment, but then let the law expire without approving a new one.

The 7-0 Court of Appeals ruling in Albany, NY, said that the press has a constitutional right to attend trials the same as other citizens, but that the right does not extend to filming, videotaping or broadcasting inside court. “We agree with the (NY) Supreme Court and the (NY) Appellate Division that there is no First Amendment or article I, section 8 right to televise a trial,” the court ruled. “Though the public acquires information about trials chiefly through the press and electronic media, the press is not imbued with any special right of access. Rather, the media possesses ‘the same right of access as the public … so that they may report what people in attendance have seen and heard.’”

“The Court’s decision reads as though the First Amendment were an afterthought,” said attorney Jonathan Sherman, one of the lawyers of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP who represent Court TV. “This is a statute that upholds an absolute ban on speech about government proceedings that the Court concedes are required to be constitutionally open to attend and to be reported upon. That result is at war with the core of modern First Amendment doctrine. The First Amendment tolerates and indeed promotes vindication of fair trial principles. But in no context other than that of in-court cameras does it permit fair trial principles alone to sustain an absolute ban on information in every case in which a trial could be compromised.”

Unless the New York Legislature takes action and approves a new law, the only recourse is a ruling by the United States Supreme Court on the case or another one like it. Recent statements from U.S. Supreme Court Justices Souter, Breyer, and O’Connor condemning televised proceedings with “uncharacteristic out-of-court vigor,” Sherman said, suggest that the Supreme Court will be inhospitable.

In Court TV v. State of New York, a case filed by Court TV in 2001 challenging the law barring audiovisual coverage in New York courts, a lower court ruled in July 2003 that New York’s statute banning the photography is indeed legal. Court TV wanted to televise trials in New York as they happened and they appealed the lower court’s decision. The National Press Photographers Association, through the Advocacy Committee and NPPA’s lawyers, along with other media groups, submitted amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs supporting Court TV’s position.

“I am extremely disappointed in the Court’s decision,” said attorney Mickey H. Osterreicher, who helped draft the amicus briefs for the NPPA as of counsel. Osterreicher, who was a photojournalist in Buffalo, NY, for both television and newspapers before entering law, has been an NPPA member since 1972 and is on the NPPA’s Advocacy Committee. “It is not just Court TV which has lost in this case but the public itself. The fact that the Court chose to deal with the First Amendment question in a footnote and even then framed it as a Sixth Amendment issue stating that Section 52 (per se ban) is ‘narrowly tailored to serve the governmental interests at issue, namely insuring that criminal defendants receive fair trials’ begs the question presented.

“What is most evident is the Court’s unwillingness to ‘circumscribe the authority constitutionally delegated to the Legislature’ even if the law that was enacted over 50 years ago is anachronistic and overly broad. It will be interesting to see if Court TV decides to bring this important case to the United States Supreme Court and whether or not they (the Supreme Court) grant certiorari.”

NPPA’s Advocacy Committee has vigorously supported Court TV’s effort to overturn New York’s courtroom camera ban. Advocacy Committee chairperson Alicia Wagner Calzada, who is also NPPA’s vice president, said, “I am disappointed in the ruling. Cameras in the courtroom enhance the public's understanding of complex trials and of the justice system as a whole. Our founding fathers intended for trials to be open and public. In theory, the public has access to public trials. But in reality, the public relies on the media to bring them into the courtroom just as they rely on the media to bring them into city council chambers, school board meetings, press conferences, and other newsworthy events. Particularly in high profile trials, visual media act as a window to a courtroom that is often overflowing.”

“There are many states that do allow cameras in the court and it does not disrupt, or have a negative impact, on the proceedings. Photography is an essential element in a complete news report, whether for print or broadcast, and the NPPA will continue to support efforts to legalize cameras in the courtroom in New York as well as in other states where it’s currently banned."

The 53-year-old state law bars motion picture cameras from trial courtrooms but there is some question as to whether or not that language also precludes still photography. No verdicts in any of the approximately 800 trials the cable network has televised since 1991 have been reversed because of the presence of cameras, nor was there ever an appeal of any case on those grounds during New York’s 10-year experiment.

“The (New York) legislature did the right thing years ago by authorizing an experiment that lasted 10 years, and resulted in no problems at all,” attorney Kurt Wimmer said. “It ought to take the next step and let video cameras in permanently.” Wimmer is with the Washington, DC, law firm of Covington & Burling, which has provided pro bono counsel to the NPPA on many issues involving press freedom and First Amendment challenges, including the 2004 United States Supreme Court case Durruthy v. Pastor. Albert Durruthy, a Miami, FL, television photojournalist, sued a police officer for false arrest, assault, and excessive use of force after being brought down to the ground and injured, then arrested, while on assignment covering an Elián González protest in April, 2000.

Mickey Osterreicher contributed to this story.