The 2022 NPPA Best of Photojournalism Video Workshop and Awards will be returning this year in-person, in Nashville. Join us in Music City for a weekend that will turn your storytelling skills up to 11!
On Saturday, we’ll meet at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville to be inspired by some of the best storytellers in the country. It all leads up to Saturday night, when we’ll head just a few blocks over to the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. We’ll celebrate all the winners of the BOP Video & Editing contests!
Sunday we’ll meet up at the host station for this year’s conference, WTVF NewsChannel 5, where you’ll get the opportunity to get your work critiqued by workshop speakers and other amazing journalists.
We are excited to be putting on the first in-person BOP workshop since the start of the pandemic, and we are committed to keeping you safe. We will be following CDC guidance regarding indoor mask wearing, based on the Community Level of COVID in Nashville at the time of the conference. We will also follow any facility-based safety protocols. The E.W. Scripps Company requires that visitors to the station on Sunday be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
We can’t wait to see you June 4th and 5th!
Student Non-Members: $65
Student Members: $45
**NPPA Awards and dinner Only: $40
Saturday June 4th Afternoon Session and Awards Show
Tennessee State Museum
1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd
Nashville, TN 37208
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
401 Gay Street
Nashville, TN 37219
Sunday June 5th
WTVF NewsChannel 5
474 James Robertson Pkwy
Nashville, TN 37219
8:00am – 8:30am Registration
8:30am – 8:45am Welcome to the Nashville BOP Workshop & Awards!
8:45am – 9:00am NPPA Advocacy: Mickey Osterreicher is here for you!
9:00am – 10:10am Matt Pearl & Justin McCray: What it means to be a team.
10:15am – 11:20am Meribah Knight: Listen up!
11:25am – 12:30pm Whitney Shefte: Covering war, politics and a pandemic in the digital age.
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 2:40pm Michael DelGiudice: Finding the small (and big!) victories in the big city.
2:45pm – 3:50pm Sara Sidner: Feed your photog
3:55pm – 4:55pm Ernie Crisp POY Finalist Panel
5:00pm See you at the Awards!!
6:00pm – 10:00pm Best of Photojournalism Awards at the Musicians Hall of Fame
9:30am – 10:30am Know your rights. Q&A with NPPA Advocacy leader Mickey Osterreicher.
(+ Breakout session 1)
10:30am – 11:20am Directory of Photography Panel. Talk w/ some of the best photojournalism managers in the country.(+Breakout session 2)
11:30am – 12:20pm Q&A with CNN Reporter, Sara Sidner. Pick her brain!
(+Breakout session 3)
Thank ya'll for coming!! See you at the next one!!
Michael DelGiudice has worked at WNBC-TV in New York City since Nov. 2006. Prior to working at News 4 New York, he worked for News 12 Long Island for almost 20 years. While working at both stations he earned many prestigious awards, most notably over 80 Regional Emmy Awards from the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Michael has received 4 National Edward R. Murrow Awards from the RTDNA. He has also won over a dozen Regional Murrow Awards. DelGiudice is an 8-time National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Regional “Photographer of the Year” award winner. He has also received dozens of NPPA “Best of Photojournalism” national awards for TV Photography and Editing. In 2006, he was named a national “Ernie Crisp TV News Photographer of the Year” finalist.
Michael was the Director of Photography and Co-Producer of the Emmy Award winning documentary, “Long Island’s Lighthouses”, narrated by Dick Cavett. He has also shot 4 other documentaries, including one in Mexico and one in Guatemala.
Michael left New York briefly in 1993-94 to work in San Francisco, where he worked for the Bay Area’s KTVU (FOX) and ABC’s network news magazine, “Turning Point”.
A native Long Islander, Michael earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at New York Institute of Technology. He is 59, and currently lives in Massapequa, NY with his wife Brei, daughter Riley and son Frankie.
Meribah Knight is the reporter and host of the Peabody award-winning podcast, The Promise, an immersive series from Nashville Public Radio about inequality and the people trying to rise above it. She is currently a fellow in ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network.
Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, O, The Oprah Magazine and The Chicago Reader. Her radio and multimedia work has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here and Now, WBEZ, The PBS NewsHour and Chicago Public Television.
A native of Cambridge, Mass., Meribah has a Masters of Journalism from Northwestern University and a BA from New York University. She lives in Nashville with her husband, a photojournalist with the Tennessean, their toddler son and the family’s five cats.
Meribah will focus on the art of audio storytelling, capturing sound in the field, delivering the proper voice over (a technique often overlooked) and editing for the ears.
Scripps National Network Photojournalist Justin McCray has more than 17 years of experience in television news. Having worked in markets across the country, Justin has a keen talent for quickly mastering technology, capturing visual moments and creating visual masterpieces.
Justin is a 13X Emmy Award Winning Photojournalist, 2-time Edward R. Murrow winner and was named the 2018 NPPA Central General Region Photojournalist of the Year.
He currently works for the Scripps National Team which he’s based out of Atlanta, Ga producing In-Depth stories for the company’s franchise called Two Americas. Their goal is to bring you perspectives showing you the America you know and the America you may not. During his time in local news, Justin has covered some of the world's biggest stories including the death of international performer and Minnesota native Prince, the officer-involving shooting of Philando Castile, the murder of George Floyd and the murder trial and conviction of Derek Chauvin, Hurricane Katrina, The Haiti Earthquake, The Death Of Caylee Anthony, and The Inauguration Of the 44th President Barack Obama and the list continues.
Justin also joined the University of Minnesota Hubbard School of Journalism as a Diversity Fellowship Instructor - teachings students the ins and outs of producing, shooting and storytelling.
Prior to joining the national team, Justin worked in Minneapolis, Minnesota (KMSP-TV FOX 9) Birmingham, Alabama (WBMA ABC 33/40), Miami, Florida (WFOR CBS 4 News), Orlando, Florida (WESH Channel 2 News) and his home state of Mississippi (WAPT News Channel 16 and WLBT News Channel 3).
When Justin isn’t working and mentoring young journalists across the country, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3-year-old daughter, fishing, playing tennis and attending football games at his alma mater, Thee Jackson State University, where he played the Sousaphone in the “Sonic Boom of the South” Marching Band. Justin is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America Inc.
Matt Pearl has navigated a singular career in broadcast journalism. He is an active local news reporter who has written a book. He is a solo video journalist who has produced documentaries. He is a nationally award-winning storyteller who uses his platform to lift others.
A native of New Jersey, Matt graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He worked at stations in Sioux City, Iowa and Buffalo, N.Y. before joining WXIA-TV in Atlanta in 2009, where he served as an enterprise reporter and the station's Chief of Storytelling and Development. Matt currently works as a national correspondent for E.W. Scripps, where he reports long-form, in-depth stories that run across the company's dozens of local TV stations nationwide.
Matt's job has taken him around the globe. He has reported from the Democratic Convention, presidential Inauguration, the World Series, three Super Bowls, and three Olympic Games. His work has been honored with 40 Regional Emmys and 16 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and he is a five-time NPPA National Solo Video Journalist of the Year.
In 2013, Matt started the Telling the Story blog and podcast. In 2016, he authored The Solo Video Journalist, a how-to book for aspiring storytellers and multimedia journalists, through Routledge and Focal Press. The second edition was published in the summer of 2020.
Most recently, Matt received his MFA degree in Narrative Media from the University of Georgia. He is proud to call himself a journalist and storyteller.
Whitney Shefte is a senior video journalist at The Washington Post, where she has worked since 2006. Whitney has documented climate change in Greenland, the ongoing conflict in Western Sahara, press access issues in Pakistan, myriad issues across the United States, and most recently, the war in Ukraine. Her work has led to viewers raising money for a college student’s tuition and for an undocumented family displaced from their homes due to wildfires. It also helped spur the EPA to take action to confront a potential cancer cluster. Whitney’s work has earned a Peabody Award, several Murrow Awards, four News & Documentary Emmy Award Nominations, and several top prizes in NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism contest. She was named Multimedia Journalist of the Year in 2019 by the White House News Photographers Association (WHNPA). Whitney was also a finalist for the Livingston Award in 2014 and her work was part of a military medicine package named as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2011. She has served as the president of WHNPA since 2015. Whitney is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication where she concentrated in photojournalism. She lives in Washington, DC.
Mickey H. Osterreicher is of counsel to Finnerty, Osterreicher, Abdulla and serves as general counsel to the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). He is an award-winning photojournalist with over forty years’ experience in print and broadcast and has been a uniformed reserve deputy sheriff with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO) since 1976. His work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Time, Newsweek and USA Today as well as on ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News and ESPN. He has also had articles published in the National Sheriffs Association Magazine and the IACP Police Chiefs Magazine.
Osterreicher was a member of the IACP Public Recording of Police advisory committee and helped draft the manuals and provide training on this issue. He has also instructed at numerous annual IACP and National Sheriffs Association (NSA) meetings and provided training on this subject to many law enforcement agencies nationwide, including: Washington, D.C., Tampa, FL, Cleveland, OH, Charlotte, NC, Philadelphia, PA, Denver, CO, Milwaukee, WI, Minnesota and Massachusetts. He is an instructor with ILEETA and the Daigle Law Group and is certified under the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
He has been an adjunct lecturer in Photojournalism at SUNY at Buffalo and an adjunct law professor in media and the law at the University at Buffalo Law School. In 2017 he was named Reserve Deputy of the Year by the ECSO and Erie County Deputy Sheriff’s Badge and Shield Club. The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) honored him in 2015 as a “Fellow of the Society,” the highest professional honor given by the Society for extraordinary contribution to the profession. In 2021 he was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Mr. Osterreicher graduated cum laude in 1973 from SUNY at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Photojournalism/Photography and received his Juris Doctor, cum laude from the University of Buffalo Law School in 1998. He is admitted to practice in New York State and several jurisdictions around the country including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sara Sidner is CNN's multiple award winning senior national and international correspondent, based in the network's Los Angeles bureau.
Sidner moved to Los Angeles in 2014, after being posted in Jerusalem, Abu Dhabi, and New Delhi, India.
Recently, Sidner returned from Ukraine as she covered the ongoing unrest and war. Sidner also led the network's coverage in Minneapolis of the protests following the death of George Floyd and the trial of Derek Chauvin.
Sidner also extensively covered the protests in Ferguson, Missouri after an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer. She was there for weeks while a grand jury looked at evidence and ultimately decided not to indict the officer. Their decision sparked two nights of violence in Ferguson but it also lead to nationwide protests and a national conversation about race and policing in America, as well as a state commission and Presidential task force on policing.
As an international correspondent, Sidner reported on a wide range of subjects, from terrorism to business to social and cultural issues. She has reported from a multitude of countries, including Libya, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Taiwan.
In the Middle East, Sidner was part of the team that won a Peabody award for CNN's coverage of the Arab Spring. Her work in Libya reporting in the midst of rebel fighters during the fall of Tripoli has been recognized all over the world. In 2011 Sidner shared the Achievement of the Year Award from SKY WFTV Women in Film & Television in the United Kingdom for her war coverage in Libya.
While in India, Sidner headed the coverage of South Asia from the New Delhi bureau. One of her first major international stories unfolded when terrorists attacked several places in Mumbai, including the famed Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel, on November 26, 2008. Sidner was live throughout the 2008 siege that lasted 60 hours and took more than 170 lives. Her stories from South Asia also included a documentary on the 25 year civil war in Sri Lanka, several stints reporting in war-torn Afghanistan, and live coverage of violent political eruptions in Thailand and Bangladesh. She also explored many stories about the social and economic developments in India, culminating in a series of stories for CNN International's award winning "Freedom Project." Sidner also traveled to Chile and Haiti to cover the aftermath of devastating earthquakes in those countries.
Sidner has collected two Asian Television Awards -- one for her 2011 report on the horrors faced by young Bangladeshis forced into begging and a second for the 2012 Freedom Project documentary 'Operation Hope', which chronicled the extraordinary journey, from suffering to recovery, of one of these children, a seven-year-old boy who was castrated and left for dead when he refused to beg.
In 2013, Sidner received two Alliance for Women in Media Gracie Awards; one for her coverage of India's unwanted girls where she explored the issue of female infanticide in India and a second for her breaking news coverage of the 2012 Gaza-Israel conflict from Gaza & Israel. In 2014, Sidner also reported from Malaysia on missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370, from Ukraine on the downed Malaysia Airlines flight 17, and from the Israeli border during the 2014 war between Israel and Gaza.
Prior to joining CNN, Sidner was an anchor and reporter at local television news stations in San Francisco, Dallas, Florida, and Missouri. She received multiple awards during this time, including a regional Emmy Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award, and several Telly Awards. Sidner received her journalism degree from the University of Florida and was named an Alumni of Distinction in 2011.