Julie Jones, an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications, took over as chair of NPPA’s News Video Workshop with the departure of long-time chair Sharon Levy Freed. Jones has been a long-time member of the workshop faculty, having first attended in 1982
Dr. Jones is an award winning television journalist and digital media scholar. She began her photojournalism career at KIVA-TV in Farmington, New Mexico as a general news photographer in 1982. Twenty-years later, she left her job as special projects producer and photojournalist at ABC15 in Phoenix to pursue her doctorate degree at the University of Minnesota. Her work earned numerous Rocky Mountain Emmys, National Press Photographers Association, and Arizona Press Club awards. In addition, she was twice she was NPPA’s region 10 Photographer of the Year twice, earned three Emmys for Photojournalistic Enterprise and was Arizona Press Club’s Photographer of the Year. While working for ABC15 and KPNX in Phoenix, Jones was one of the first “one-man bands.” Her stories ranged from general news to investigative to documentaries.
None of these accomplishments could have been achieved without the NPPA Television Video Workshop.
As a green photographer, Jones attended the 1982 Workshop as a shooting participant. This experience was invaluable to her photojournalism skills, ethics, and sensibility. She still considers Darrell Barton and Bob Brandon as pivotal mentors in her career.
Jones returned to Norman as a Workshop faculty member in 1993 and was honored to take over leadership in 2013.
Jones is an innovator in digital journalism as well. She, along with her Gaylord colleague John Schmeltzer, are developing a mobile app that allows for easy-to-use real-time, place-based, video reporting from smartphones and tablets. This technology, dubbed OU StormCrowd, was first used during the 2012 severe weather season in Oklahoma. Gaylord journalism and meteorology students used iPod Touches with Sennheiser microphones to report on weather events from the field and to post their reports as close to real time as possible. On Friday April 13th, the mojos – as the students liked to be called –were ready to cover the EF 2 tornado that touched down in numerous locations in Norman. Their reports beat all news organizations to “air.”
Dr. Jones’ academic work centers on the participatory nature of online news and visual platforms. Her work has been published in New Media & Society, ACM publications and she is an active member of AEJMC’s Communication Technology division. Along with Schmeltzer, she was awarded one of the first AEJMC/Knight Bridge grants used to develop StormCrowd and was a semi-finalist for Knight News Challenge Grant’s mobile app call. In 2012, Kappa Alpha Theta named Jones one of the 10 Outstanding Faculty Members in the nation.
Adam Vance, one of your Co-Chairs of your Workshop, is a story in his own right. Born in Saigon in the middle of the Vietnam War he was orphaned and brought to America as part of Operation Baby Lift. He was raised in New Mexico where he began his journalist career as a still photographer for the Gallup Independent.
He then embarked to Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, NM. While pursuing his Mass Communication degree. He simultaneously continued to work for the Amarillo Globe News and Scene 3 News in Portales, NM, until graduation.
Immediately following graduation he was hired by NBC affiliate, KOB-TV and later joined KOAT-TV. Years later, he and his wife, Paulette, embarked to Tampa where he continued his passion for this profession we call "story-telling".
Adam is a photographer who likes to offer a unique perspective, by putting a camera where you normally cannot. He is a logistical expert and one who likes to solve your technical needs.
Adam was a Special Projects Photojournalist/Editor and Satellite Truck Operator for 10News/WTSP.COM. He has had the opportunity to bring the Tampa Bay viewers, multiple Shuttle Launches, Super Bowls, World Series coverage, Stanley Cup Championships, BCS victories and countless Hurricanes. Having completed 13 years with 10News, he has figured out this business — it is not only about storytelling, it is about people.
He most recently joined the esteemed staff at KUSA/9News and will help continue the great traditions in the Rocky Mountain State.
He joined the NPPA Faculty to help a new generation of story-tellers, who offers a creative, logistical and technical mind.
His greatest stories are those about his wife, Paulette, and twin sons, Bryce and Connor, youth baseball phenoms.
Stan Heist is the News Talent Manager for Sinclair Broadcast Group, and a Co-Director of the NPPA News Video Workshop. This will be his seventh year on the Workshop faculty.
Stan earned his first paycheck in broadcasting while still in High School, working as a part-time board operator for WCHE-AM, in West Chester, PA. He began his television career soon after graduating from the University of Dayton, as a news photographer and editor for the local NBC affiliate, WKEF-TV (now ABC22). It was in Dayton, where Stan first learned about the NPPA, when a co-worker left behind a copy of News Photographer magazine in the photog room. He applied for membership the next day.
In 1997, Stan joined the staff at Richmond’s WTVR-TV, first as a staff photographer, and later as Chief Photographer. In 2000, he attended the Workshop as an observer, and began to apply the lessons learned during that week slowly into his daily assignments. This is where his “small victories” philosophy began to form.
Three years after the Workshop, Stan moved up the I-95 corridor to Baltimore to join WBFF-TV, where he was promoted to Chief Photographer two years later. While in Baltimore, the staff was named a finalist for the NPPA’s Station of the Year three times. During his career, Stan was awarded ten regional Emmys, two NPPA Regional Photographer of the Year awards, and was honored nationally as the 2005 NPPA Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year.
Stan left daily newsgathering in 2008 to teach television journalism and pursue a master’s degree at the University of Maryland, where he researched best practices for traditional photographers and reporters transitioning to become multimedia journalists. He has taught at more than 30 professional seminars in the United States and abroad.
In his current role at Sinclair, Stan works as an executive in their corporate offices leading major recruitment and retention efforts, and providing training for their visual storytellers in Sinclair’s local newsrooms across the country.
1980 was a good year for television, because that was the year Dave Wertheimer got his start at a TV station in Milwaukee while still in high school. He’s worked at an alphabet of station call letters, working as everything from Chief Photojournalist to News Director and been on assignment all over the world. Dave likes to say that he has been shot at, stabbed, tear gassed, punched but most of all hugged while on assignment.
Mr. Wertheimer has judged countless contests and been a consultant across the globe, teaching storytelling techniques at dozens of seminars and media organizations including the prestigious NPPA NewsVideo Workshop since 1993.
For his assignments Dave has been honored with almost 100 awards for his work from the NPPA, SPJ, NBNA, AP, WHNPA and 18 NATAS Emmys. Don’t ask this multimedia storyteller to see his awards, they are in a box somewhere. He believes that he is only as good as his next story, not his last.
Dave currently is a Photojournalist/Editor/Storyteller for KING TV in Seattle Washington and can be found doing his second love, covering anything with a viewfinder near his head. His first love is spending time with his son, Matthew, who was born in 2002.
Tim Underhill is a Telecommunications instructor at Ball State University. He bought his first camera at a garage sale when he was in the 5th grade. From that point on he knew he was meant to have a camera in his hands.
Not long after he found a wind-up 8-millimeter movie camera and realized that photography could go beyond the still image.
Tim has worked for network television affiliates in Rockford, Illinois; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Indianapolis, Indiana. He continues to keep up to date by freelancing for various networks. Tim’s work has appeared several national and regional networks including, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, ESPN, The Big Ten Network and FOX. He has covered the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, NBA playoffs, Pan Am Games, NCAA championships, the World Basketball Championships, NFL Monday Night Football plus other college and professional sporting events.
In 1997 Tim was named to the faculty of News Video Workshop sponsored by the National Press Photographers Association. He’s worked as a room captain for the critique sessions and is in charge of the lighting and sound for the annual event in Norman, Oklahoma.
Tim has served as a judge for several contests including the Emmy Awards, NPPA, SPJ and other competitions.
Tim’s work has earned awards from many of those same organizations including NPPA, AP, and the Emmy Awards.
Tim splits his time between news and production faculty assignments emphasizing visual storytelling. Tim serves as instructor teaching courses in visual storytelling, video production, and news writing.
Underhill holds two degrees from Ball State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications and a Master of Arts in Digital Storytelling.
When he isn’t working he can be found spending a lot of time as Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 22 in Muncie. Tim also is enjoying family life with his wife and two sons backpacking or pedaling his bicycle across Indiana.
Greg Vandegrift, who has won national, regional, state and corporate awards, spent a quarter century reporting around the Midwest before becoming a clinical professor of broadcast journalism in 2008 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Beyond his classroom instruction, in 2012 he became the lead adviser for the student’s Web-based, multimedia news operation. During that time, students have won numerous awards for reporting on multiple platforms. Even while teaching, Greg continues to freelance for KARE 11 (Minneapolis/St. Paul NBC affiliate) where he reported full time, beginning in the mid-90s.
Greg’s reporting has been honored with two national Edward R. Murrows.
He’s won an Iris. The National Association of Black Journalists recognized him for sports coverage. He’s also won multiple Regional Murrows and Regional Emmys. His work has continued to receive regional recognition since he began teaching full time. While at KARE, he twice won Best News Writing in the Best of Gannett contest, and he won the Minnesota Associated Press Writing award four times.
Greg's work has also appeared on the reels of three different Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year recipients (in alphabetical order - Scott Jensen, Gary Knox and Jonathan Malat). He says it was an honor to work with those and other incredibly talented photographers like Brett Akagi. Greg also says he has learned more about storytelling from photographers than anyone else.
Beyond teaching at St. Thomas, he also produces videos for the university. One of his videos – a mini-documentary - was part of an exhibit at Rome’s MAXXI Museum and later in France at Pierresvives Cultural Centre of Montpellier.
In the spirit of a modern journalist, Greg has stepped outside of TV, writing multiple stories for News Photographer magazine.
He has taught at the Workshop on a consistent basis since 2004. He says reporters must learn to think about video BEFORE copy! As Greg puts it, “It is … ALL ... about the video.”
Greg is married and has four boys, including his own set of Minnesota twins. He loves the outdoors, especially water and winter. He floats his boat in the summer and likes to think he “walks” (really skates) on water during Minnesota’s wonderful winters. Of course, as a graduate of the University of Kansas, he gets into Jayhawk basketball … just a bit.
Before joining the CBS O&O in Baltimore in 1993, Mike told stories in Cape Girardeau, MO, Louisville, and Indianapolis. Mike has worked for about a dozen general managers and news directors, all who have very different thoughts about what news should look and sound like.
He has successfully adapted what he's learned here to keep his bosses happy while at the same time producing stories which keep him excited about his job. He is happy to discuss survival techniques.A Bakers Dozen of Sensible Schuh's:
Be a good employee.
- Don't whine.
- Pretend you are a freelancer — like you must impress the bosses every day or you won't be able to afford food.
- Surprise the producers. Give them more than they asked for in less time.
- Work hard on the little story and the boss will give you the big ones.
- Keep your mind on the story, not on the station gossip. Spend at least 5-10 minutes exchanging ideas about the story on the way to the story. Good ideas snowball.
- Communicate expectations, communicate needs, communicate wants.
- What do I have? What do I need?
- On the ride home, go through the sequences about what will work where.
- Offer solutions, not just problems.
- Stand up straight.
- Eat your vegetables.
- Wear glasses if you need them.
Les Rose is thrilled to be a photojournalist for the CBS News bureau in Los Angeles. His television career started in 1978…a good year for King Tut, The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You”, and film cameras. Prior to joining the L.A. bureau in 1997, Les worked 13 years at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles and from 1984-1986 he was with NBC News, Miami as a freelancer. He has also shot for WFLA (Tampa), KTVI (St. Louis), and WTSP (St. Petersburg).
His assignments are for The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley (and Dan Rather, Bob Schieffer, and Katie Couric as well), CBS Sunday Morning, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, and CBS This Morning. For almost 7 years he was the photojournalist for the “Everybody Has a Story” series with Steve Hartman, and together they produced more than 125 stories…all at the whim of a dart and a random pick from the phonebook. Honest! Then they had a year with 60 Minutes 2, and several years with the “Assignment America” series whenever Steve was west of the Rockies. Currently, Les works with Steve on the On The Road with Steve Hartman series whenever geographically feasible. Les’ awards include a Murrow and a DuPont with Steve Hartman, nine local Emmys, and a bunch of others that made for a nice evening out (and a tuxedo to return the next morning). His greatest awards are the friends he has made and things he…and his viewers…have learned along the way. He simply cannot believe they pay him to do exactly what he wants to do!
But Les will be quick to say that he is far more proud of his family and friends’ accomplishments. He is especially proud of his two young sons, the greatest joy in his life. Most of all, he’ll tell you that in the end, it is all about real moments in a story and someone saying, “That was a good story” and not “that was a cool shot.” Les believes “It’s about accuracy, story, subjects and viewers, not the storyteller. It’s also about being a human being in the process.” He also firmly believes we are here on earth to make it a better place. Really, he does. That’s why he went into journalism. Major stories that Les has been involved with include, 9/11 in Shankesville, Pennsylvania and then NYC, the Cerritos Air disaster, the Civil Wars of Nicaragua and El Salvador for NBC News, the Northridge Earthquake, the Nagano Olympics, a hostage release in Wiesbaden, West Germany, the Malibu Fires, political conventions, multiple hurricanes, Oscars, Emmys, major sports events and countless celebrity interviews (and trials), including O.J. Simpson (with Las Vegas!). And Michael Jackson’s trial…and death. Les has a profound love for teaching and is a frequent lecturer. A partial list of his key notes and workshops include: The Poynter Institute, the University of Florida, the N.P.P.A., the Hawaii Association of Broadcasters, Global Television in Calgary and Edmonton, Icelandic State Television, the University of South Florida, F.S.P.A., WTSP-TV, WPBF-TV, the IRE, the RTNDA with Al Tompkins, the Student Television Network, the Broward Teen Network, and the Missouri, New Mexico, West Virginia, and NATOA Broadcasters. Les is also the NPPA TV Critique Chair so send him a link anytime!
Finally, a word of caution: if he opens his wallet…it’s not to give you money. He’s got everything in his wallet…but money. It will be to show you pictures of those sons of his, which he could NOT be more proud of. He is juggling those boys as well as his “day job” at CBS News and the seminars he leads and makes it work. He managed to squeeze in a Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (Class of 2010). In his spare time, he sits in traffic in an office called a 2011 Chevrolet Suburban, and hits LEGOLAND as often as possible, His wife Michele has been accepted into Sainthood. He wants world peace, better Journalism, and another Rolling Stones tour.
Matt Mrozinski is currently the chief photojournalist at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, IN. He was rewarded with his first job as chief after a highly successful run at KING TV in Seattle. Matt is a nine-time Emmy award winning photojournalist with two wins in his craft (photography) on the east and west coast. He has entered the contest five times with over 22 nominations.
Mrozinski was named a top six finalist three straight years for photojournalism’s highest individual honor, the NPPA Ernie Crisp Photographer of the Year. Mrozinski was runner-up for the award in 2010. Also in 2010, Matt was named the best photojournalist in the nation by his peers as b-roll.net’s Photographer of the Year. In the last five years of his career, Matt has been a member of four NPPA Station of the Year awards and helped KING to runner-up 2014. He played a large role in jump starting WAVY-TV's 5 straight Station of the Year Awards. He recently won back-to-back National Headliner awards for feature. In 2013, Matt won the coveted SPJ Sigma Delta Chi award with NBC News Correspondent, Joe Fryer, and was the NPPA West Coast Photographer of the Year 2013.
Mrozinski’s accomplishments are not only behind the lens – he is the architect of the popular “Storytellers” website and community. Over 6,500 journalists and students frequent the site for advice and critique and “Storytellers” is used in university classrooms across the nation. It has become one of the premier resources for professional development and education. “I just wanted to start the conversation”, said Mrozinski, “It was dumb luck”. In 2012, Matt and two of his colleagues used its success to inspire the Northwest Video News Workshop (NWVW). He is a returning faculty member for the NPPA News Video Workshop in Norman, OK, and has been a speaker at KNPA, Seattle University, CUNY in New York, NY, and a contributor at the Ignite Your Passion Workshop in St. Paul, MN. “I’ll do everything I can to help shape the future of journalism”, Mrozinski adds.
Mrozinski demonstrates a very strong belief in team storytelling, “shooting for the viewer”, ethics, telling the lead “story”, and having a great attitude. Matt is a proud Pittsburgh, Pa., native.