Online Education

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.

An 38-minute lecture video from the 1998 NewsVideo Workshop by Mike Schuh. Schuh, reporter at WJZ in Baltimore, encourages reporters and photographers alike to plan stories. By deciding on story commitments and casing out stories ahead of time, it's possible to incorporate surprises and tell stories in innovative and different ways
A 50-minute lecture video from the 1998 NewsVideo Workshop by Charles Hadlock. Hadlock, photojournalist at KTBS in Shreveport, tackles the topic of standups head-on. He gives an informative review of innovative ways to handle this necessary element. Good standups require imagination and teamwork and should contain plot, character and journey.
An 84-minute lecture video from the 1998 NewsVideo Workshop by by John Larson, NBC Dateline correspondent, and Mark Morache, KIRO TV photojournalist in Seattle. Larson and Morache team up to demonstrate that when two people begin to mesh as a team, the final product is often greater than the sum of the individual parts. They discuss photographer/reporter relations, the importance of communication, and the three great horses of storytelling: surprise, juice, and characters. They combine practical, concrete advice on storytelling, cooperation, and initiative with clips of memorable stories.
A 33-minute lecture video from the 1998 NewsVideo Workshop by Jason Vaz. Vaz, photojournalist at KUSA in Denver, explains what is expected from the students who are about to shoot their first workshop assignment.
A 60-minute lecture video from the 1998 NewsVideo Workshop by John DeTarsio. DeTarsio, a freelance photojournalist in San Diego, demonstrates that run and gun shooting doesn't have to be quick and dirty. He focuses on creating powerful images, keeping pictures steady, and moving your feet.
A 55-minute lecture video from the 1998 NewsVideo Workshop by Julie Jones. Jones, photojournalist at KPNX TV in Phoenix, reviews the ground rules for effective news video with a look at the basics. She demonstrates how to shoot sequences, the importance of opening and closing shots, and other often ignored fundamentals.
A 70-minute lecture video from the 1998 NewsVideo Workshop by Lisa Berglund. Berglund, former director of photography at KNSD in San Diego, focuses her energy and enthusiasm for storytelling in this fast-paced presentation of some of her recent work. She encourages photographers to stop making excuses and look at obstacles as creative challenges, enterprise, and communicate with reporters.
A 39-minute lecture video from the 1998 NewsVideo Workshop by Sharon Freed. In this presentation, she reviews cuts-only techniques needed to complete the first workshop assignment. She explains editing sequences, matching action, avoiding jump cuts and screen direction conflicts and the criteria for making split-second editing decisions.
A 48-minute lecture video from the 1998 NewsVideo Workshop by Kevin Hartfield. Hartfield, photojournalist at KCNC in Denver, has developed his own way of looking at the world. He encourages photojournalists to go beyond the basics and develop their own approaches to storytelling. Photographers can create interesting packages by using the imagination, stepping outside the box, and knowing the capability of the station equipment.
A 60-minute lecture video from the 1998 NewsVideo Workshop by Darrell Barton. Barton, a freelance photojournalist, peppers a review of some of his recent assignments for CBS's 48 hours with a few yarns and some gentle suggestions on what it takes to survive at the top of the profession
A 55-minute lecture video from the 1993 Morris Berman Lecture Series by Melissa Farlow. Farlow, a freelance photojournalist, shows her photographs spanning from her first picture (of her cat) to a recent assignment for National Geographic. She discusses the choices and mistakes she's made in her career and how she stays motivated.
This nearly hour-and-a-half presentation from the 30th Northern Short Course (held in March 2011) is available for NPPA members and non-members alike.
This nearly two-hour presentation from the 30th Northern Short Course (held in March 2011) features our panelists giving their ideas on hiring in the industry today.
Watch Dave Labelle in this two-hour presentation from the 30th Northern Short Course (held in March 2011) as he discusses the importance of coaching in the teaching process.

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.

For those NPPA members who want to be able to watch the BOP TV winners from the comfort of their couch, or on a large screen with their students or coworkers, NPPA is providing downloadable DVD images of the 1st- and 2nd-place BOP winners.