EAST LANSING, MI (March 27, 2013) – NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contest Video Photojournalism judges have picked WAVY-TV10 of Portsmouth, VA, as the Medium Market Station of the Year. This is the fourth year in a row that WAVY-TV10 has taken the title. They are the NBC affiliate located in historic downtown Portsmouth, VA, and are ranked as the 42nd market.
The runner-up for Medium Market SOY is KTUL-TV in Tulsa, OK.
"WAVY-TV's entry had some of the best sequences I've seen yet," judge Brian Kaufman said.
Judge Lynn French said, "Every story was just shot so rock-solid, there was good audio all around. They had boring topic stories that they made into really great stories."
"The staff of photojournalists is comprised of a well-rounded group of 14 individuals, each with varying degrees of experience in the television news business," WAVY-TV chief photographer Jeff Myers said on his station's contest entry. "Our main goal is to serve the viewers of Hampton Roads with the best possible news product in the market. We do that through consistency, teamwork and excellence in photojournalism. Each photographer at WAVY believes in the philosophy of the story being paramount. Every story is unique and must be told fairly and accurately through our pictures, writing and use of sound. Most importantly, we must treat every story with respect for our subjects and our viewers."
Judge Seth Voorhees said, "You could tell they worked really hard on a lot of the stories, the extra effort was really there."
Myers said that the photography staff has focused on their commitment to photojournalism during the last year by participating in NPPA's TV Quarterly Clip Contest, and by judging contests and participating in NPPA workshops. "With the support of our general manager, news director and news operations manager, we will continue the tradition of solid consistent photojournalism," Myers said.
"As the modern face of the newsroom evolves, more is being asked of our staff," he said. "Our photojournalists rise to the challenge by writing stories and solo-reporting. It is the ability to adapt and handle many tasks that make us unique in this market. Many of our reporters and producers are being asked to shoot and edit. The same core principles of the NPPA standards are being taught to them as well."
NPPA's Large Market and Small Market SOY's are being judged today and tonight at the host site, Michigan State University.
Earlier today, KARE-TV's Boyd Huppert was picked as the NPPA Photojournalism Award for Reporting winner for the sixth time in his career.
NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism contest is sponsored this year by Ohio University's School of Visual Communication (VisCom) and Michigan State University.