NPPA.org has a wealth of educational resources available to our members. Check out the 2012 Northern Short Course class videos, broadcasts on ethics, copyright, and advocacy issues, and so much more!
NPPA promotes a common Code of Ethics for visual journalists. However, ethical issues can be complex. We encourage all visual journalists to go beyond just reading our Code of Ethics, and to discuss and explore ethical questions on your own and with your coworkers, so you are prepared when issues arise.
This 60-minute video by NPPA Ethics chair John Long offers suggestions for dealing with the ethical implications of the electronic revolution in photojournalism. With some examples of digital manipulation and the problems caused by altered images, this video touches on the principles that support ethical decision-making.
NPPA Members get free access to this resource, but anyone registered at NPPA.org can purchase the DVD in the store.
The NPPA is the leading voice advocating for the work of visual journalists today. Our advocacy efforts put NPPA in the center of today’s thorniest issues of journalists’ rights to do their work — and to earn a living from their craft.
The NPPA is presenting a series of Webinars on legal issues, narrated by NPPA Attorney Alicia Wagner Calzada, intended to help photographers in their business and in their profession. The first Webinar in the series, "Copyright" is 23 minutes long and discusses the basics of copyright, including when copyright is created, who might own the copyright to an image, basic information about fair use, public domain, copyright registration, copyright notice and things to consider in the case of an infringement.
The NPPA is presenting a series of Webinars on legal issues, by NPPA Attorney Alicia Wagner Calzada, intended to help photographers in their business and in their profession. The second Webinar in the series, "Privacy and Defamation" is 20 minutes long and discusses the basics of privacy and defamation law as it applies to visual journalists.
The NPPA AV Library is a collection of slideshows and video presentations (mostly as slide–audio tape combos or VHS cassettes) covering all aspects of photojournalism. The presentations are available to rent from NPPA, and a small collection of VHS tapes from the AV Library are now being provided free online to NPPA members.
This online collection includes selected lecture videos from the 1998 NewsVideo Workshop, and the Morris Berman Lecture Series from the 1993-1997 NPPA Flying Short Courses and 1994 National Convention.
Workshop Speakers: J. David Ake, Corinne Geller, Mary Ann Jennings and Mickey Osterreicher, 2012 NSC
The last 18 months have seen an explosion in incidents between news photographers and police officers. From New York to California, Milwaukee to Miami, law enforcement officers have been pushing back on access - and the results have gone viral. What's going on? Are there more incidents now and, if so, why? Is it budget cuts in newsrooms and police departments leading to higher levels of stress? Is it a fear of being observed? A distrust of the media? The aggressiveness of news coverage in a 24/7 world? Or is it just easier to publicize these incidents now? NPPA General Counsel Mickey Osterreicher, Virginia State Police Public Relations Manager Corinne Geller and Fairfax County Police Public Information Officer Mary Ann Jennings will talk about what's happening and what we, on both sides of the yellow tape, can do to improve the atmosphere.
Workshop Speakers: Mike Davis and Jesse Neider, 2012 NSC
Successfully navigating the complexities of an in-depth photo essay can be an overwhelming endeavor. Forging a strong relationship between a photo editor and a photographer allows for greater perspective on the project and a stronger set of final images. Photojournalist Jesse Neider and photo editor Mike Davis will discuss how to approach a project from inception through completion. From the importance of research and strategic planning the two will share some of their recent discussions as Neider was preparing for a project abroad. Through a live edit of Neider’s raw shoot, Davis will discuss why some images work better than others and how they fit into an overall project.
Workshop Speakers: Jamie Rose and Benjamin Rusnak, 2012 NSC
In order to work with nonprofits you need to be a for-profit, sustainable business yourself. So how do you deal with the inevitable, “We can’t pay for photos because we’re a nonprofit” argument from clients? This workshop will cover how to develop paying clients in the humanitarian non-profit industry and keep them coming back as well as the role of a staff photographer for a non-profit. The workshop will discuss building a quality nonprofit portfolio and how to pitch your work to NGOs. Drawing on eleven years of experience at Food For The Poor, Ben Rusnak will talk about how you document reality for an NGO. Rose and Rusnak will delve into what an NGO’s needs are and how photography for fundraising is organized, edited and produced for the mail and on the web. They will also talk about the different communication styles of NGOs and how you can tailor your work to those styles. Working for a charity comes with the implication that you actually intend to do something to help the people you photograph. While working with NGO’s is not as stressful and dangerous as conflict photography, the exposure to crushing poverty on a long-term basis and the responsibility of telling those stories is a heavy burden that needs to be managed and this will also be discussed.
Workshop Speaker: Ed Kashi, 2012 NSC
How do you go from 'just' a photographer to a multimedia storyteller? What is required of photojournalists who are driven by the power of the still image in this day and age of multifaceted storytelling?
Ed Kashi will talk about his evolution from 'just' a photographer to filmmaker/multimedia producer/imagemaker/storyteller. Ed will talk about the benefits and downsides to the new reality and how it has shaped him as a journalist and photographer.
Workshop Speaker: Ross Taylor, 2012 NSC
Ross Taylor will discuss tips on how to maintain your passion throughout your career, as well as ways to build momentum to create opportunity. Taylor will discuss the work that lead up to his time spent in a trauma hospital in Kandahar, and how that type of trip is made possible. View the images and videos from "A Chance in Hell."
In addition,Taylor will speak about the development of the educational blog: The Image, Deconstructed, is a weekly blog that examines an image or a theme, and attempts to deconstruct the mental approach behind it and the lessons learned which can be applied to your career.