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Texas Reporter who Survived Live Truck Accident Shares Story for the First Time (Video)

On June 8th, 2004 KBTX reporter Jennifer Cavazos, photojournalist Matt Moore, and two interns were assigned to cover a gas well accident in rural Robertson County Texas. After gathering video, they drove to a known live location in nearby Hearne. They were setting up for a tape feed for KBTX's 6PM newscast. Moore raised the mast to tune in, while standing outside the truck. While raising the mast, the truck came into contact with overhead power lines. Moore was electrocuted and critically injured. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Cavazos and the two interns escaped the vehicle alive. Cavazos and the interns hopped away from the truck and ran to safety to call 911. On August 23rd, with Moore's parents in attendance, Cavazos spoke at a live truck safety seminar put on by Austin Energy in Austin, TX. Her emotional and compelling description of the incident can be viewed here. She wants her story to be told. She hopes that those involved in electronic news gathering will hear her words and look up and live.


Party Before The GOP Convention

The New York Press Photographers Association invites all NYPPA and NPPA members to a kick-off party before the Republican presidential convention starts. Todd Maisel, of the New York Daily News, secretary of the NYPPA, announced that the party will be Sunday, August 29, at 7 p.m. at B&H Photo, 9th Ave. and 33rd Street, in New York City. There will be a complementary bar and food, and manufacturing representatives will be demonstrating new equipment.

For security reasons an RSVP is required. No one will be admitted otherwise. You can email [email protected] or call +1.212.889.6633 to get on the party guest list.


Peter Turnley's Photo-Essays To Debut In Harper's Magazine

Photojournalist Peter Turnley and Harper's Magazine will debut in the August issue the first of four major eight-page photo essays by the New York and Paris-based journalist, stories that Harper's Magazine will showcase over the next year. Turnley, who will be added to Harper's masthead as a contributing editor, will work directly with the editor in chief, Lewis H. Lapham, and the magazine's art director, Stacey Clarkson, on the creation and presentation of his visual stories. Turnley was just recently offered this one-year renewable agreement with Harper's.

[Essays in Harper's: Peter Turnley will have four eight-page essays in Harper's Magazine over the next year as a contributing editor.]

"This opportunity with Harper's to author my own photographic stories is exactly where I would like to be at this point in my life and career," Turnley told News Photographer. "I'm very excited to have my work published in a magazine that has always had such a tradition of great journalism and storytelling." Harper's Magazineis an American journal of literature, politics, culture, and the arts and has published continuously since 1850.

"This is a great opportunity, and the relationship with Harper'sis certainly very exciting for me," Turnley said, "but it also represents a terrific evolution in magazine journalism." The magazine's dedication to eight pages of photojournalism for each of the four essays is a significant commitment to visual storytelling. I have always been inspired and committed to the notion that visual storytelling through photography can be its own fully embodied form of powerful communication in its own right, and it is very exciting to have a publication support this belief. Maybe too often today in the field of journalism, photography is used to illustrate text and be at the service of prose, and it's wonderful to find the support of the philosophy that a photographer can be the author of his or her own stories using visual language."

"The fundamental philosophy of what we're going to do in these essays is that my work will be that of a visual author in the pure tradition of the photographic story. It's quite positive, in a time when we often hear about the 'death of photojournalism,' that a magazine with such a strong tradition of publishing great prose has decided to partner with a photojournalist to publish long-form pieces of visual storytelling."

"This first essay speaks in images about a very important theme touching our world today in a way that I don't think has been seen much before elsewhere," Turnley said from New York before returning to Paris. "The first story has been laid out for the August issue, which will go to subscribers in the middle of July and will be on newsstands at the beginning of August."

A graduate of the University of Michigan in 1977, the Sorbonne, and then the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Paris in 1981, Turnley was a contract photographer for Newsweek Magazine from 1984 to 2001. He was a Neiman fellow at Harvard University in 2000-2001. A native of Ft. Wayne, IN, he now spends his time living in Paris and New York City. He's recently launched a new personal Web site that includes several different portfolios of his documentary work, along with personal photographs from his journeys around the world. The new site,, also has information about his books (including ParisiansIn Times of War and PeaceBeijing Spring, and Moments of Revolution). Turnley's editorial and commercial work is represented by Corbis.






New York Upholds Ban On Cameras In The Courtroom

The Appellate Division, Supreme Court, First Judicial Department of New York has voted 5-0 in favor of upholding a ban on cameras in New York courtrooms, saying the ban is Constitutional. The ruling, made June 22, was the result of an appeal by Courtroom Television Network (Court TV) in its suit against the State of New York. Court TV brought the original lower court case on September 5, 2001 hoping to have the ban overturned by seeking a declaration that Section 52 of the state's civil rights law was unconstitutional under both the New York and U.S. Constitutions.

The National Press Photographers Association, through its lawyers, submitted an Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) brief on March 19 supporting Court TV's challenge and joining in the call to overturn the ban. As an organization with a strong interest in the subject, NPPA is permitted by law to file such a document in matters of broad public interest.

"We're not quite dead yet, but it's unfortunate," said attorney Mickey H. Osterreicher. He helped draft the Amicus Brief for NPPA as "of counsel." As a photojournalist for more than thirty years and an NPPA member since 1972, he has worked as a still photographer and videographer in Buffalo, NY. In 1995 he enrolled in law school and was admitted to the New York Bar in 1999.

New York is one of only three states that still ban cameras from the courtroom. It is also one of only a handful of states where the Legislature, not the state's highest court, enacts the law dealing which such matters.

"We reject the contention that a right to televise court proceedings exists under New York Constitution article 1, section 8," the court said in their ruling. "There is no precedent in New York recognizing such a right." They also ruled, "There is no federal Constitutional right to televise court proceedings," citing the cases of Santiago v. Bristol and United States v Moussaoui.

The justices also said while the New York Constitution has, in some instances, been "more protective of expressional freedoms than the Federal Constitution," in this instance there's no precedent that has to do with the public's access to court proceedings.

Court TV's motion cited the case of Richmond Newspapers v. Virginia as standing for the public's First Amendment right to "observe" trials on television without physically attending the proceedings. But the New York ruling responded to that claim by saying that the Richmond case "merely held that the 'right to attend criminal trials is implicit in the guarantees of the First Amendment'" and that it "articulate (ed) a right to attend trials, not a right to view them on a television screen."

But the court did leave the door open for future change when they recognized the fact that the ban on cameras in New York courts is a matter ultimately determined by the New York Legislature, not the state's courts. They ended their ruling saying, "We also appreciate that this is a matter that can be reviewed by the State Legislature should it decide to do so."

"The courts have always suggested that it's up to the Legislature to change this," Osterreicher said. "In New York the Legislature is the one that enables or prohibits cameras in the courtroom. The problem in New York is that the Legislature can't even pass a budget on time, and they've just retired for the summer without passing a New York State budget for the twentieth year. Given how they can't pass a budget, I can't see them getting together to do anything about this law banning cameras in the court. It's just not on their priority list."

The Court TV case had been filed in New York's Supreme Court, which is the lowest court in the state despite its name. It was then upheld 5-0 by the state's Appellate Division, which is the middle tier of New York's court system. New York's highest court is the Court of Appeals. "Hopefully the Court of Appeals will be willing to hear this case, and hopefully Court TV will file that appeal. But the Court of Appeals can decide not to hear an appeal, and then it gets tough," Osterreicher said. "If they hear the case and uphold the ban as being Constitutional, then it can be appealed to the United States Supreme Court. But if the Court of Appeals refuses to hear the appeal, there are more legal hurdles to leap before the U.S. Supreme Court would be willing to consider this matter." The last time the high court ruled on a case involving cameras in the courtroom was 1981.


Omaha TV Photojournalist Killed By Car While Shooting Highway Accident Story

Jeff Frolio, 45, a photojournalist for KETV NewsWatch 7 in Omaha, NE, was killed on the job Thursday June 10 when he struck by car while he was working on a news story at a highway intersection where two Nebraska teenagers were killed in May. Police said Frolio was struck by a westbound car as he crossed Center Road. He was shooting a story on a memorial scene that has been established at the previous accident's site. The photojournalist was evacuated by a medical rescue helicopter to Creighton University Medical Center where he died soon after arrival.

Frolio is survived by his wife, Marianne, and three children: Nicki, 18; David, 15; and Carly, 8.

[Killed by Car: Photojournalist Jeff Frolio, 45, a photojournalist for KETV in Omaha, NE, was killed when he was hit by a car while covering the scene of a previous fatal accident. Photograph provided by KETV.]

The veteran photojournalist was on the highway covering a story about two Elkhorn, NE, teens, both 15-years-old, who died at the intersection May 4 in a two-car accident. A memorial of flowers, crosses, and flags has been set up on one side of the road. Sheriff Dunning told the AP that the accident site is near the top of a hill and heavily traveled, especially at that time of day.

"I hired Jeff in April 1984 from Sioux Falls," KETV chief photographer Scott Buer remembers on the morning after Frolio's death. "He was coming back home to Omaha, and I remember being really happy to get him. He was talented, and he wanted to stay here, and his family was all here. Whenever you get a guy like Jeff, it's a real blessing. And he just hit the ground running."

Police told the Omaha World-Herald that the driver of the car that struck Frolio, a 45-year-old woman from Fremont, NE, says that she didn't see Frolio until after the 5 p.m. accident, when she saw him in her rear-view mirror after he was hit. Investigators said that neither speed nor alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident, and they do not anticipate filing charges. The driver's name was not released.

"Jeff was extremely careful," Buer said, "so we're all shocked. The satellite truck was out there parked about fifty yards away. The reporter and the engineer were in the truck. Jeff was editing, looking at the story, and it was about 20 minutes until air. Jeff told them, 'I can do better than this,' and decided to go out and do two more shots. They were going to do a live report and use some file, but Jeff told them, 'I'm going to get some fresh stuff on this.'" Frolio was going to jog over and get two shots, and jog back to the truck.

Buer said Frolio got out of the satellite truck and had about fifty yards to go to the memorial site. "The reporter and engineer waited, and then after five or six minutes they wondered, 'Where's Jeff?' so they looked out of the truck and saw the car that had hit him was stopped, and Jeff and a woman were down on the side of the road," Buer said. "At first they thought Jeff was helping the woman, but then they realized what was happening."

Frolio twice won the Nebraska Photographer of the Year award, and had been with KETV since 1984. Before that he worked for KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls, SD. KETV reports on their Web site that Frolio "has played a key role in coverage of almost every major local story since he joined the station," and that his work locker displays a quote from photographer Richard Avedon: "There's no such thing as objectivity. The minute you pick up the camera, you begin to lie -- or to tell your own truth. It's not the camera that makes a good picture, but the eye and mind of the photographer."

KETV reports that Frolio grew up in the Florence neighborhood of Omaha and has deep family roots there. He graduated from North High School and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He was a writer and actor and in May had performed with the Florentine Players, KETV reports, in a melodramatic play that he wrote in which he appeared as a villain. KETV says that Frolio wrote and produced plays for the group each year.

Buer said, "So many of us, our lives are just consumed by the job. Jeff was an extremely balanced person. He didn't allow the job to consume him. He was a talented musician; He played the keyboard and sang. He could cover any Beatles tune. He liked rock and roll, especially Boston, and Genesis. And he was an actor and a scriptwriter. He played the best villains, oiling back his black hair and putting on one of those pencil mustaches. He was a talented comedic writer."

"Words of sorrow always seem so empty, but I'm sorry for the loss of a great husband and father, for the loss of a long-time member of the KETV family, and for the loss of a great photojournalist," said Ray Meints, of Nebraska Educational TV. Meints is also NPPA Region 9 Director.

"I can tell you something about Jeff that will let you know what kind of person he was to work with," Buer said. "He got frustrated looking for file video early in his career, so he started his own file archive that was accessible to the entire staff. We called it 'The Fro File' because his nickname was 'The Fro Man.' No one pronounced Frolio right, so he became 'Fro.' The archive has more than 200 tapes that he compiled in the twenty years he's been here. He carefully, meticulously archived images when he saw good stuff on the air. He would go to the photographer and say, 'I need your field tape,' and then he'd go through it and get the good original sound and images and archive the good stuff."

Frolio was the second TV photojournalist killed on the job this week in the States. On Tuesday, June 8, Matthew Moore, 23, of KBTX-TV in Bryan/College Station, TX, was killed when the mast of the microwave truck he was operating touched overhead electrical wires in Hearne, TX. Moore had been with the station for a little more than a year after graduating with a journalism degree from Texas A&M University.






Texas TV Photographer Killed When Mast Hits Wires

Photojournalist Matthew Moore, 23, of KBTX-TV3 in College Station, TX, was killed in Hearne, TX, when the mobile broadcast mast he was deploying from the station's live news van came in contact with overhead power lines on Tuesday June 8. Moore was setting up to feed video back to the station from near Hearne High School's football field for a 6 p.m. newscast, after covering a gas well explosion in Robertson County.

[Fatally Injured: Matthew Moore, of KBTX-TV, died when the mast of his live van touched overhead wires. Photograph by KBTX-TV]

Reporter Jennifer Cavasos and two college interns with them were unharmed, but as a precaution they were taken to a hospital emergency room for examination. Station general manager and vice president Mike Wright said in a statement that Moore was electrocuted and critically injured, and soon thereafter was pronounced dead at the scene.

Moore, Cavasos, and the two student interns had been sent to cover a Robertson County oil well accident near Franklin, TX, that injured eight workers. The interns were identified as Erin Price, 22, and Amy LeFever, 22.

Reports from other photojournalists covering the oil well accident, who then went to the live truck's accident scene, said the KBTX-TV3 van was parked directly under power lines. One reporter said the KBTX-TV3 team had left the scene of the oil well accident to drive to nearby Hearne to file their story.

KBTX-TV3 said that Moore was from Temple, TX, and graduated with a journalism degree from Texas A&M University in 2003. He had worked for KBTX-TV3 in Bryan/College Station full time since September 2003.

Dusty Kraatz, 24, a KBTX-TV3 staff photographer, said Moore "was going to feed video from their story — and they were just pressed for time." Kraatz recalls that he "talked to Matt yesterday all the way out the door, and he was pumped to go out there and cover a big-deal news story."

George Howell is a reporter for KXAN-TV in Austin who arrived on the scene about an hour after the accident. "From what we could see, the mast had gone up to about the first level and had hit high voltage power lines," he said. The truck caught fire and burned. People nearby told Howell they heard the sound of a large explosion.

Kraatz says reporter Jennifer Cavasos probably saved her own life and the lives of the two student interns when she realized what was happening. "The van started to fill with smoke," Kraatz said Cavasos told them afterwards, "and she's been around live trucks before. All three of them said they could hear Matt." Kraatz said Cavasos knew the power lines were on the passenger side of the parked van, so she instructed the interns to leap out of the driver's side door and to run across the street. Cavasos followed them out of the van. The trio then ran across the street to a house where they called 911.

Moore was apparently outside the truck raising the mast, Kraatz said, when the mast touched the overhead power lines. "Then either he touched the truck, or leaned in to grab something and touched." Kraatz said this particular live van had mast controls that were on a box that hangs inside the van, but that it could be taken outside and used as a hand-held unit to operate the mast. "We don't have sensors on the mast to stop it from rising before it hits something," Kraatz said.

"The rain was really strong at times yesterday. It came and went in big downpours," Howell remembers. "I don't know, it would only be speculation, but maybe because of the rain he (Moore) didn't get a chance to see, or he didn't look up in the rain to see (the power lines)."

Howell said Hearne police chief Robert Parsley told him, "We couldn't get to him (Moore). He was between the truck and the fence. We told him not to touch the truck or the fence." Howell said rescue workers, who were unable to approach the van due to the electricity coming from the lines and into the truck, called the electric company in Waco, TX, and told them to kill power to the entire city of Hearne. "He (Parsley) didn't want to endanger the rescue personnel by letting them approach the electrified truck," Howell said.

While waiting for the power to be shut off, rescue workers used loudspeakers on their vehicles to tell Moore to not touch the truck and to not touch the fence, Howell said. "I was told that for about 40 minutes the workers could not approach the truck, and that he (Moore) was apparently in the truck but then he somehow touched the ground," Howell said. Chief Parsley told Howell afterwards that Moore "eventually touched the truck or the fence, and that resulted in him being killed."

"They were not going to do a live shot from there. There were no cables out or anything," Howell said. "Apparently they were just going to feed their story. I've heard it's hard to get shots out of there and in some of the nearby locations because of the geography, the valley, and that maybe this was one of the spots where you can feed video from Hearne. Maybe he thought this was one of the good spots where he could get his shots out," Howell said.

"There are times in the business when you're just moving so fast, you don't take that mandatory step (of looking up)," Howell said. "Maybe that's what happened."

Kraatz says coworker Moore "was one of my best friends. He was living in my apartment and I was staying with my girlfriend and in a few days he was going to move to Austin. He told me that it would just be a couple of weeks before he'd be gone, and that he'd interviewed at KXAN-TV in Austin and he was looking forward to going over there. We were all going to move to Austin at about the same time and set up shop there to see what kind of trouble we could get into," Kraatz said on the day following the accident. "He was still sending tapes to KXAN-TV in Austin — and this was another big story to add to his resume."

Chief Parsley said Tuesday night that Moore's death was "an accidental electrocution." The accident is under investigation by the Robertson County Sheriff's department because it's in their jurisdiction, but they refused to release any information on the accident and referred all calls to the Hearne police department. Parsley, who was a witness at scene of the accident, on Wednesday refused to make any additional comments on what he saw there, referring all questions to the Hearne city attorney, who was also unavailable for comment.

"We really helped each other out," Kraatz said. At one time the chief photographer at KBTX-TV3, Kraatz has since gone back to shooting. Remembering his good friend, he said, "I was feeling very uninspired when I was chief photographer. I was down and not enjoying doing the job any more. And Matt, something just clicked in him and he started shooting outstanding packages, and there was this protege feeling, and there would be something that I had showed him months ago and he'd call me into the edit bay and say, 'Hey, look what I shot.' He loved kids, and he loved sports. You could put him up against the best at ESPN and he'd blow anyone out of the water."

"Matt had the best dry sense of humor. He'd light up the room with his one-liners," Kraatz said. "Each day, each week, he would come back with better video. He was honestly one of the smartest guys I know, especially when it comes to sports trivia. The last couple of months he just lit up the newsroom, too. He had just hit the peak of his game and he showed no signs of stopping."

Todd Bynum, chief photographer for KXAN-TV in Austin, TX, says he talked to Moore on the telephone for a couple of hours "just less than a week ago. It's really odd, to spend a couple of hours of someone's life with them, and then this happens," Bynum said today.

"I can't emphasize enough how everyone in a live truck has to understand the whole concept of looking up and walking around a live van," Bynum said. It's my understanding there were four people with that truck, two interns, a reporter, and Moore, and everyone needs to follow the procedure of getting out and looking up. It's everyone's responsibility to play it safe. If you get in a hurry, you lose track. But that rule about getting out, walking around the live van, is so important. Sure it's important to make your slot, but it's more important to be very, very cautious and safe."





Reuters Photojournalist Adlan Khasanov Killed With President in Chechen Bomb Blast

Reuters photojournalist Adlan Khasanov, 33, was killed during a bomb attack on Victory Day celebrations in Grozny, Chechnya, on Sunday May 9 that also killed Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov, 52, and others seated in his VIP box during the annual parade event. After conflicting reports of the death toll, Russian news agencies said seven people, including an eight-year-old girl, were killed and more than 50 people were injured.

Khasanov was both a television and still photojournalist for Reuters and had worked for them since the late 1990's mostly in his native Chechnya, the news agency reported. Reuters said Khasanov covered the war in Chechnya in 1999 and sometimes had to walk for days through the mountains to neighboring Soviet Georgia to deliver his footage.

The annual Victory Day parade commemorates Moscow's victory over Nazi Germany in 1945. Khasanov was covering the event, Reuters said, when a bomb blast ripped through the podium. Photographs showed Khasanov being carried from the scene of the explosion and being treated by paramedics for extensive head wounds.

President Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed leader who Moscow hoped would crush the bloody separatist rebellion, had survived multiple assassination attempts before today. Chechnya's deputy interior minister Khamid Kadayev says the blast was the result of a "well-planned terrorist act prepared over a long period of time, not just a few days," Reuters reported.

[Mortally Wounded: Reuters photojournalist Adlan Khasanov is treated by paramedics after Sunday's bomb blast in Grozny left him with fatal head wounds. Photograph by Musa Sadulayev/Reuters]

The stadium has been undergoing remodeling and reconstruction over the past three months. Kadayev told Reuters that a bomb was placed inside a concrete part of the structure, apparently some time ago, and that's how it escaped security detection sweeps. Reports from the scene say the blast may have come from a land mine. Shortly after the blast an artillery shell rigged to explode was also found in the reviewing stand, and then later a third explosive device, set with a timer to go off one-half hour after the first blast, was also discovered.

Reuters said that Adlan Khasanov is survived by three brothers and three sisters, and that one of his brothers told Reuters in Moscow by phone that his body had been brought from a hospital to the Khasanov family home and that he would be buried in Grozny on Monday May 10.

"We are shocked and dismayed at the news of Adlan's death. He was a fine journalist working with dedication and great courage in often dangerous conditions. He was also a delightful man. Adlan will be greatly missed by his colleagues," Reuters editor-in-chief Geert Linnebank said in a company statement.

[Killed in Blast: Reuters journalist Adlan Khasanov, seen in this undated file photo, was among those killed in a bomb attack on Victory Day celebrations in the Chechen capital Grozny, May 9, 2004. Photograph by Musa Sadulayev/Reuters]

McNally Named Director of Photography for The New York Times

"Our long search for someone who can lead our photojournalism to its rightful place is over," New York Times executive Editor Bill Keller wrote to the newspaper's staff in an April 28 email announcing that Michele McNally will become the Times' new director of photography in June.

[BOP Judging: Michele McNally, who was one of the 2004 Best of Photojournalism contest judges for the NPPA this year, was today named the new director of photography for The New York Times. Photograph by Beth Reynolds.]

McNally, who was one of this year's NPPA Best of Photojournalism judges in the still photography contest, has been the photography editor for Fortune magazine since 1986. She was a picture editor for Time Life's magazine development group before working at Fortune.

She replaces Jim Wilson as the head of the photography department. Wilson stepped down earlier this year but remains at the newspaper as a staff photojournalist. David Frank has been the interim department manager and will stay on as McNally's deputy director of photography. In her new role at the Times, McNally will report to Keller and managing editors Jill Abramson and John Geddes.

In the memo, Keller wrote that McNally is "one of the most admired editors in the world of news photography. Her magazine background may make her seem, to the uninitiated, an unusual choice to run the picture department of a major daily newspaper. But ask anyone within the Time empire, or any photographer who has worked with her, or anyone who has judged alongside her at the top photo contests — or any of the people in our own picture department who have spent some time with her — and you'll understand why this is an exciting moment."

While potentially exciting for the editors and staff photojournalists, for many regular freelance photojournalists accustomed to shooting photo assignments for the Times, it's also an awkward if not difficult period. Freelancers who object to the terms of the Times' new freelance photography contract and who have refused to sign it are still not working for the newspaper. Many of them are meeting again this week in New York City at the Tribeca studio of a magazine to talk about where they stand in their attempts to negotiate with the Times' management. To date, representatives of the Times have refused requests to meet face to face with freelancers about the contract, and the paper's April 1 deadline for signing and returning the contract has passed.

It's unclear whether Keller's naming of a new director of photography will have any effect on the standoff between the Times and freelance photographers, and whether McNally's appointment signals a turning point that might move both sides toward some resolution of the dispute. McNally is widely respected in the photojournalism community and generally receives high praise from the photographers and other editors who have worked with her.

"I think it's great that Michele is taking over my old (very old) job — but with a better title," said John G. Morris, who was picture editor for The New York Times as well as being one of the co-founders of Magnum Photos and LIFE's London picture editor during World War II. Morris is now retired and living in Paris. "She's a real professional and I hope she will soon have the goodwill of the freelance photographers."

Meanwhile, Keller's enthusiasm for McNally borders on gushing praise and clearly his words are meant to send a signal to Times' staff photojournalists that McNally has the backing of editors' row. "Michele has a breaking-news metabolism, a sharp and daring eye for the memorable image, and the know-how and relentless energy to make things happen. We're confident she will provide both the strong creative leadership we need to sustain the ambitious photography to which our readers have become accustomed in recent years, and the strong management skills to run a large and complicated department," Keller wrote in the announcement.

He also wrote that David Frank's "steady hand, high standards and human touch have kept the department on its game during this long search" and that "the fact that this was Michele's first decision [to pick Frank as deputy] — and that Dave enthusiastically accepted — tells you something about the judgement of our new photo chief."

"Michele's title is an upgrade from 'picture editor,' and it is meant to signify an upgrade in authority. We expect her not just to run a department, but to be a champion within the paper for adventuresome visual journalism," Keller concluded.


Press Freedom Symposium Benefit Features Photographers Who have been Imprisoned or Killed

A symposium and benefit on press freedom will be held May 3, which is World Press Freedom Day, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, to benefit the families of journalists who were killed, imprisoned, or persecuted last year. According to reports, 2003 saw more than 40 journalists killed (the most since 1995), around 750 arrested, and 1,460 physically attacked or threatened.

The freedom of expression group Resolution217 has organized the event, which is sponsored in part by the National Press Photographers Association and The Media Institute.

The Press Freedom Symposium will feature the photographs of Zahra Kazemi, an Iranian-Canadian photographer beaten to death in Tehran last year; Seok Jae-hyun, a South Korean photojournalist who was released from prison in China on March 19 after spending more than a year in jail; Molly Bingham, an American photographer jailed by Iraqi authorities for 8 days in the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad; and Scott Dalton and Ruth Morris, both journalists kidnapped for 11 days by the rebel National Liberation Army (ELN) in Colombia.

The purpose of the symposium is to provide journalists, photographers and experts in the field of press freedom, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and lawyers specializing in international human rights with an opportunity to describe the current state of freedom of the press worldwide and the challenges it faces in the dramatically changing political, economic, religious and cultural landscapes of the new century.

Scheduled Speakers include Stephan Hachemi, son of Zahra Kazemi; Seok Jae-hyun; Kathy and Amy Eldon, co-founders of Creative Visions Foundation and surviving relatives of Dan Eldon, a photographer stoned to death in Somalia in 1993; Kurt Wimmer, Media Institute's First Amendment Council Chair; Abi Wright, Asia Program Coordinator, The Committee to Protect Journalists; Tala Dowlatshahi, Representative, Reporters Sans Frontieres; Scott Dalton; Lucy Dalglish, Reporter's Committee; Paul McMasters, Freedom Forum; Molly Bingham; John Kaplan, Pulitzer-prize winning photographer; and David Handschuh, past president of the National Press Photographers Association.

The symposium will begin with dinner at 6:00 PM. Speakers and panels will start just after 7, followed by a question and answer session. An RSVP is required. Call +1.684.4699 or visit to reserve a seat with a donation.

All profits from the event will go to support the families of the photographers featured in the exhibition and to help establish a fund for the widows and children of journalists killed in Colombia because of their work. Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John Kaplan has kindly donated prints for a silent auction that will continue throughout the evening.


Best Of Photojournalism 2004 Still Photo Winners Announced; Carolyn Cole and Alex Majoli are Photographers of the Year

Judging in the National Press Photographers Association's Best Of Photojournalism 2004 Contest has wrapped up at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, FL, today and Carolyn Cole of the Los Angeles Times and Alex Majoli, Magnum Photos for Newsweek, have been named Newspaper and Magazine Photographers of the Year.

Carolyn Cole of the Los Angeles Times is theNewspaper Photographer of the Year.Secondis Jahi Chikwendiu of The Washington Post, andthirdis Michael Robinson-Chavez of The Washington Post. Honorable Mentions went to Cheryl Diaz Meyer, of The Dallas Morning News; Mark Zaleski, of The Press-Enterprise; and David Leeson, of The Dallas Morning News.

Alex Majoli, Magnum Photos for Newsweek, is the Magazine Photographer of the Year. Second is James Nachtwey, VII for TIME Magazine, and third is Yuri Kozyrev of TIME Magazine.

"More than 30,500 photographs were entered in this year's Best Of Photojournalism contest, up from more than 26,000 last year, and that's a new record," said NPPA Executive Director Greg Garneau. This is the third year for the NPPA Best Of Photojournalism contest and for the judging to be held at Poynter.

For the first time in BOP history, still photography winners were announced daily as judges finished up with each day's categories. Previously all winners had been announced at the end of the contest.

Sunday's judging began withPictorial(Category PIC). First place is Jeff Hutchens, The National Geographic Channels International; second is Jeff Widener, The Honolulu Advertiser; third is Taylor Jones, The Palm Beach Post. Honorable Mentions went to Eric Mencher, The Philadelphia Inquirer; Alex Majoli, Magnum for Newsweek; and Patrick Tehan, The San Jose Mercury News.

InPortrait and Personality(PAP), first place is Elaine Skylar, The Concord Monitor; second is Dominic Chavez, The Boston Globe; third is Romain Blanquart, The Detroit Free Press. Honorable Mentions went to Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger; Vincent Laforet, The New York Times; and Michael Tercha, The Chicago Tribune.

InConceptual Illustration(COI), first place is Patrick Tehan, The San Jose Mercury News; second is Darren Gibbins, The Forum; third is Reza A. Marvashti, The Free Lance-Star. Honorable Mentions went to Damon Winter, The Dallas Morning News, and Bill Greene, The Boston Globe.

InThe Arts(ART), first place is Ann Johansson, Freelance; second is Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger; third is Chris Schneider, The Rocky Mountain News. Honorable Mentions went to Sylwia Kapuscinski, The Detroit Free Press; Alan Berner, The Seattle Times; and Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch.

Judging Monday began withComputer Illustration(CII). First place is Glen Wexler, Time Magazine; second is Jim Weber, The Commercial Appeal; third is Michael Elins, Time Magazine. An Honorable Mention went to Glen Wexler, Time Magazine.

InNature and Environment(NAE), first place is Todd Heisler, The Rocky Mountain News; second is Jeff Hutchens, The National Geographic Channels International; third is Jessica Tefft, The Washington Times. Honorable Mentions went to K.C. Alfred, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and David McNew of Getty Images.

InDomestic News(DON), first place is Sean Hiller, The Daily Breeze; second is Gina Ferrazi, Los Angeles Times; third is Matt Miller, The Omaha World-Herald. Honorable Mentions went to Patrick Raycraft, The Hartford Courant; Jim MacMillan, The Philadelphia Daily News; and Lara Cerri, The St. Petersburg Times.

InGeneral News(GNN), first place is Dai Sugano, The San Jose Mercury News; second is Brad Loper, The Dallas Morning News; third is Fred Zwicky, The Peoria Journal Star. Honorable Mentions went to Thomas Boyd, The Register-Guard; Joe Cavaretta, Associated Press; Rob Ostermaier, The Daily Press; and Max Schulte, The Democrat and Chronicle.

InInternational News(INN), first place is Dominic Chavez, The Boston Globe; second is David Leeson, The Dallas Morning News; third is Cheryl Diaz Meyer, The Dallas Morning News. Honorable Mentions went to Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles Times; John Moore, Associated Press; Jahi Chikwendiu, The Washington Post; Kuni Takahashi, The Boston Herald; and Andy Rogers, The Gazette.

InIndividual Sports Action(SAI), first place is Preston Keres, freelance for Sports Illustrated; second is Al Bello of Getty Images; third is Jeff Gritchen, The Long Beach Press-Telegram. Honorable Mentions went to Thomas Kienzle, Associated Press; Brian Kersey, freelance; Daron Dean, freelance; and Jonas Lindkvist, Dagens Nyheter.

Monday's judging ended in the evening withMagazine Feature(MAF). First place is Spencer Platt of Getty Images; second is Roger Lemoyne, Redux Pictures; third is Scott Nelson of Getty Images. Honorable Mentions went to Peter Parks, Agency France Press; Roger Lemoyne, Redux Pictures; and Roger Lemoyne, Redux Pictures.

Judging Tuesday began withFeature(FEA). First place is Michael Lutzky, The Washington Post; second is Al Diaz, The Miami Herald; third is Todd Heisler, Rocky Mountain News. Honorable Mentions went to Chris Oberholtz, The Kansas City Star; Thomas Boyd, The Register-Guard; and Gary Porter, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

InSports Picture Story(SPS), first place is Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post; second is Janet Jensen, The News Tribune; third is Damon Winters, The Dallas Morning News. Honorable Mentions went to Michael Novotny, Lidove noviny; Lene Esthave, freelance; and Natalie Behring-Chisholm, freelance.

InNature and Environment Picture Story(NPS), first is Nicole Fruge, The San Antonio Express-News; second is Tom Reese, The Seattle Times; third is Timothy D. Sofranko, Colgate University. An Honorable Mention went to Josh Meltzer, The Roanoke Times.

InMagazine Portrait & Personality(MPP), first is Harry Benson, for Newsweek Magazine; second is Jason Bell, for Time Magazine; third is Brenda Ann Kenneally, New York Times Magazine. Honorable Mentions went to Marcus Bleasdale, IPG-Harpers; George Lange, USA Today Weekend Magazine; and Callie Shell, Aurora.

InMagazine News(MAN), first is Ghris Hondros, Getty Images; second is Chris Hondros, Getty Images; third is Roberto Schmidt, AFP. Honorable Mentions went to Yuri Kozyrev, Time Magazine; Stephanie Sinclair, Chicago Tribune; Atta Kenare, AFP; and Alexander Joe, AFP.

InSports Feature(SPF), first is Barry Chin, The Boston Globe; second is Manny Chrisostomo, The Sacramento Bee; third is Ross Taylor, The Durham Herald-Sun. Honorable Mentions went to Seth M. Gitner, The Roanoke Times; Vincent Pugliese, The Evansville Courier & Press; and Darren Hauck, Associated Press.

InTeam Sports Action(SAT), first is Mike Longo, Associated Press; second is Bob Rasato, Sports Illustrated; third Kevin Clark, The Washington Post. Honorable Mentions went to Chip Litherland, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune; Al Diaz, The Miami Herald; and Charles Cherney, The Chicago Tribune.

InFeature Picture Story(FPS), first is Paul Hansen, Dagen Nyheter; second is David Hoegsholt, Berlingske Tidende; third is Mark Zaleski, The Press-Enterprise. Honorable Mentions went to Betty Udeson, The Seattle Times, and Mark Zaleski, The Press-Enterprise.

InInternational Picture Story(INS), first is David Leeson, The Dallas Morning News; second is Tyler Hicks, The New York Times; third is Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles Times. Honorable Mentions went to Vincent Laforet, The New York Times; Rodrigo Abd, Associated Press; Cheryl Diaz Meyer, The Dallas Morning News; Jacob Ehrbahn, Politiken; and Carolyn Cole, Los Angeles Times.

InDomestic News Picture Story(DNS), first is Brian Vander Brud, Los Angeles Times; second is Mike Morones, The Free Lance-Star; third is Dai Sugano, San Jose Mercury News. Honorable Mentions went to Gina Ferazzi, Los Angeles Times, and Alan Spearman, The Commercial Appeal.

InMagazine News Picture Story(MNS), first is Marcus Bleasdale, IPG-Harpers; second is Christopher Morris, VII-Time Magazine; third is Chris Hondros, Getty Images. Honorable Mentions went to Robert Nickelsberg, Time Magazine; James Nachtwey, Time Magazine; Yuri Kozyrev, Time Magazine; and Philip Blenkinsop, Time-Asia Magazine.

InSports Portfolio of the Year(SPY), first is Bill Frakes, Sports Illustrated; second is Jim Davis, The Boston Globe; third is Ezra Shaw, Getty Images. Honorable Mentions went to Evan Semon, Rocky Mountain News, and Simon Bruty, Sports Illustrated.

Clyde Mueller, director of photography at The Santa Fe New Mexican who is also the NPPA liaison to Poynter, said "We are delighted to be able to judge our contest here under the auspices of The Poynter Institute. Their sponsorship of the contest has been critical to its success."

"There are lots of high quality images and the judging is (therefore) much more difficult," said Harry Walker, the NPPA BOP Contest Committee chairperson who is also the director of the Knight Ridder/Tribune Photo Service. "I am very pleased with the number of entries in this year's contest."

The still photography judges were: Heidi de Laubenfels, assistant managing editor of graphics, photography, and technology for The Seattle Times; Michele McNally, photography editor for Fortune magazine; Janet Reeves, director of photography for the Rocky Mountain News; Clarence Williams, a freelance photojournalist; and Gary Hershorn, director of photography in the United States for Reuters."

Judges in the interactive and Web categories were Mindy McAdams, who is the Knight Chair Professor of Journalism at the University of Florida; Cheryl Diaz Meyer, a photojournalist at The Dallas Morning News; and Anne Conneen, the design editor and an adjunct faculty member at The Poynter Institute.

NPPA BOP Contest Committee members this year were Joe Elbert, of the Washington Post; Kenneth Irby, of The Poynter Institute for Media Studies; and Terry Eiler, director of the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University in Athens, OH.

Judging in the television categories wrapped up on March 12 and the complete list of winners are posted online at and The Ernie Crisp Television Photographer of the Year is Ted Nelson of WTVF, Nashville, TN. Brian Weister of KMGH, Denver, CO, was named Editor of the Year. Nashville's WTVF was also named winner of the large market Station of the Year honor. WAVE of Louisville, KY, was the medium market Station of the Year, and WHO-TV of Des Moines, IA, was the small market Station of the Year.