Northern Short Course 2016

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The 35th Annual Northern Short Course (NSC) will be held February 25-27, 2016, in Iselin, NJ.  This three-day event is packed with more than two dozen workshops on a variety of topics relevant to professionals and students in the field of visual journalism.  Learn from and network with industry leaders, as they share their work and discuss what makes them successful.  Choose from a variety of workshops and lectures on topics such as business practices, multimedia, lighting, and more.  Sign up for one-on-one portfolio reviews from top photo editors and photographers. Meet manufacturers and suppliers of photographic equipment, presenting the latest technology available.  You won't find a more diverse conference - there's something for everyone!

Save the date for the NSC Contest Awards and NPPA Annual Awards reception, Saturday February 27, 2016 at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel Iselin, NJ following the conclusion of the 2016 NSC.

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Tickets to the Saturday Awards Reception can be purchased in advance for $30.

Student registration is limited to full-time students and active duty military.  Valid ID is required at the NSC registration desk to receive your badge.


1) As is our custom for many years, the Northern Short Course offers a number of scholarships (in the form of tuition waivers) for NPPA members who are out of work or in genuine financial need. Apply in writing to the Registration Chair explaining your circumstances.

2) At the 2002 NSC, the NSC Board voted to offer registration fee waivers to full time professionals in honor of the ultimate sacrifice of two veteran photojournalists who died covering the World Trade Center attacks on September 11th. Glen Pettit was a New York City Police Officer assigned to the Video Production unit. Pettit was also a freelance videographer who worked for News 12 on Long Island and the New York Times. Bill Biggart was a still photographer and member of IMPACT VISUALS. He had survived covering the Middle East, beginning with the Intifada in 1987, and many trips to Israel. His final World Trade Center work appeared in a five page spread in Newsweek. Both still and TV journalists are eligible for these awards. To apply, send a letter of interest to the Registration Chair Natalie Nigito at Indicate a still or TV specialty and include a copy of your credentials

Event Registration Cancellation by Participant - Unless specifically stated on registration materials, the deadline to receive a refund for your registration is 5 business days before the event. Registration cancellations received prior to the deadline may be eligible to receive a refund less a $35 service fee. Cancellations received after the stated deadline will not be eligible for a refund. Refunds will not be available for registrants who choose not to attend an event. Cancellations will be accepted via phone or e-mail to the national office ( or 919-383-7246 x0), and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline. All refund requests must be made by the attendee or credit card holder.Refund requests must include the name of the attendee and/or transaction number. Refunds will be credited back to the original credit card used for payment.


It has been said that photographer and educator Gregory Heisler possesses "the eye of an artist, the mind of a scientist, and the heart of a journalist." Renowned for his technical mastery and thoughtful responsiveness over a career spanning more than 35 years, his enthusiasm, curiosity, and drive are manifested in his hands-on approach to all aspects of the image making process.
Having photographed luminaries ranging from Bill Clinton to Bruce Springsteen, he is perhaps best known for his more than 70 cover portraits for TIME magazine. His iconic portraits and innovative visual essays have graced the covers and pages of many other magazines, including LIFE, ESQUIRE, FORTUNE, GQ, GEO, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, ESPN, and THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE.  He has also photographed major advertising campaigns for such clients as American Express, Benson & Hedges, Dewar's, Ford, Guinness, Marlboro, Merrill Lynch, Nike, Pfizer, Reebok, and United Technologies.
Private portrait commissions are another important focus of Gregory's work.  The first photographic portrait for New York's City Hall was his lithographic print of Mayor Edward I. Koch. Most recently, Gregory completed large-scale portraits of noted authors and actors for the National Arts Club in New York City.
Among the many kudos he has received are the Alfred Eisenstadt Award and the Leica Medal of Excellence.  Gregory has been profiled in AMERICAN PHOTO, COMMUNICATION ARTS, ESQUIRE, LIFE, and numerous industry periodicals.
He is a Canon Explorer of Light, an Ilford Master, and an X-Rite Coloratti.
As a sought-after speaker and educator, he has taught at scores of workshops and seminars throughout the country and overseas. In the fall of 2014, he asssumed a new post as Distinguished Professor of Photography at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
His bestselling new book, Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits, was released by Random House/Amphoto in October 2013, and is now in its third printing.

Ferguson (MO) Police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown on August 9th, 2014.  The incident  sparked demonstrations and violence in the small St. Louis suburb for weeks and in conjunction with several other police shootings re-opened a dialogue about race and police power. Photojournalists were at the vanguard of the reporting from Ferguson and encountered resistance and logistical problems throughout their coverage. Their goal was to be balanced in their coverage and show the world what was happening on both sides of the issue. Join Lynden Steele, Director of Photographer at the St Louis Post-Dispatch, Post-Dispatch staff photographer Robert Cohen, The Washington Post staff photographer Jahi Chikwendiu and senior video journalist at The New York Times, Brent McDonald as they talk about the issues surrounding their planning, coverage and dissemination of one of the most important stories of our time.

(photograph Copyright Robert Cohen/ St Louis Post-Dispatch)

Kate Brooks is an international photojournalist who has chronicled conflict and human rights issues for nearly two decades. She began working as photographer in Russia while documenting child abuse in state orphanages. The resulting photographs were published worldwide and used by the Human Rights Watch to campaign for orphans’ rights.
Kate then proceeded to dedicate herself to covering the post 9/11 decade, through to the beginning of the Arab Spring; she is widely known for her extensive work across the Middle East and in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Kate’s photographs are regularly published in magazines, such as TIME, Newsweek, The New Yorker and Smithsonian. She also exhibits her work in museums and galleries across the globe.
In 2010 Kate was as a contributing cinematographer on the multiple award-winning documentary “The Boxing Girls of Kabul”. Her introspective collection of essays and photos “In the Light of Darkness: A Photographer’s Journey After 9/11” was selected by PDN as one of 2011’s best photography books. Kate was awarded a 2012-13 Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan. There she began researching wildlife trafficking and the pan African poaching epidemic for the documentary film The Last Animals and has turned her full attention to conservation issues. Kate’s drive and passion for this project comes from the fundamental belief that time is running out and that we are at a critical moment in natural history.

Scott Strazzante was born and raised in the shadows of the steel mills on the far southeast corner of Chicago.
The son of a tire dealer, Strazzante first became interested in photography when as a teen he started taking his dad’s camera to Chicago White Sox baseball games.
Shortly after graduating from Ripon College in 1986, Strazzante started his career at The Daily Calumet. The next year, he began an 11-year run at The Daily Southtown in Tinley Park, IL.
In 1998, Strazzante moved on to the Joliet (IL) Herald News where, in 2000, he was named National Newspaper Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association and the Missouri School of Journalism.
In 2014, Strazzante joined the photography staff at the San Francisco Chronicle, after spending 13 years at the Chicago Tribune.
Strazzante, an 11-time Illinois Photographer of the Year, has covered Presidential Inaugurations, the Super Bowl, two World Series and three Olympic Games, but he is more proud of his work that uncovers small but universal moments in daily life.
Strazzante was a part of the Chicago Tribune team that won a Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting in 2007 for a series about faulty government regulation of dangerously defective toys, cribs and car seats.
Also, in 2007, Strazzante’s personal project “Common Ground” was honored with the POYi Community Awareness Award and 1st Place Feature video in the National Press Photographer Association’s Best of Photojournalism. The project has been featured in National Geographic, New York Times’ Lens Blog and on CBS Sunday Morning.
In 2014, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, “Common Ground” was published in book form by PSG.


NIKKI KAHN joined the staff at The Washington Post in January 2005 after her previous job as a photographer and editor at Knight-Ridder Tribune Photo Service in Washington, D.C. She has also worked as a staff photographer at the Indianapolis Star and as an intern at the Washington Times, the News Journal in Wilmington, Del., and theAnchorage Daily News in Alaska.
Born in Georgetown, Guyana. Kahn moved to Washington, D.C. and studied at American University where she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in visual media and art history in May 1996. She later attended Syracuse University and completed a masters of science degree in photography in May 2004, with a project on AIDS in Guyana. She shared the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News photography in 2011.

Born in Miami, but raised in Canada and Sweden, Kitra earned her B.A. in philosophy from McGill University and her M.A. in Visual and Media anthropology from the Freie Universitat in Berlin.

As a documentary photographer, Kitra embeds herself in communities, often for months at a time. She has chronicled the daily lives of teens at a Texas high school, told the story of a Venezuelan cult, followed a group of nomadic youth across the United States. She is a contributing photographer to National Geographic Magazine.

As a fine art photographer and video artist, Kitra focuses on the less explicable, often pushing the possibilities of the photographic medium. Her work in this genre deals with themes of the body and spirituality, a topic she took on following her father, Rabbi Ronnie Cahana's stroke, which led him to become a quadriplegic.

Kitra is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a 2014 TED Fellowship, a 2014-2015 artist residency at Prim Centre, the 2013 International Center of Photography’s Infinity Award, First prize for the 2010 World Press Photo, a scholarship at FABRICA in Italy, the Thomas Morgan internship at the New York Times, a Canada Council Grant for the Visual Arts and more.


Alicia Calzada is an attorney in San Antonio, Texas for Haynes and Boone, LLP. She has experience in general litigation with an emphasis on matters involving defamation, First Amendment, copyright, and social media.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Alicia was a photojournalist for more than 20 years. Her work has been published in a variety of national magazines and newspapers, in addition to several books.
Alicia speaks regularly on legal issues affecting photojournalists and is involved in various legislative efforts on behalf of journalists, photographers and media companies. She is a past president of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) (2005-2006), serves as an attorney for NPPA and is the founder and chair of that group's advocacy committee. In 2013, the NPPA Board of Directors introduced the Alicia Calzada First Amendment Award recognizing individuals that have supported advocacy work in First Amendment freedoms.

Jamie Rose is a senior partner in Momenta Group LLC. She has worked as an international photojournalist on five continents and has been a contract photographer with some of the world’s largest nonprofit organizations.
In 2011, Jamie was awarded the United Nations’ IPC’s Photographers Leadership Award. She has also won numerous awards and grants for her documentary and nonprofit work including grants from The Alexia Foundation, and the prestigious White House News Photographers’ Association Project Grant for her portfolio of nonprofit work from Africa. Jamie received her Master’s Degree in photojournalism from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and her bachelor’s degree from American University. She completed her Master’s thesis photographing volunteer health care workers in the West Bank and Israel. This project established her passion for working with nonprofits and covering humanitarian issues, while earning her a place in the prestigious agency team at Aurora Photos.
Her work has been published in National Geographic Books, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, O Magazine, Rolling Stone, Better Homes and Gardens, Newsweek, TIME Magazine and others. Her nonprofit clients include The Global Fund, Doctors Without Borders, The Calvert Foundation and Physicians for Human Rights among many other local and domestic organizations. Her photo editing skills were rewarded when she was asked to be the lead photo editor National Geographic’s “American Heroes” book.
Jamie is considered an expert in nonprofit photography business development. She has been interviewed by Photo District News (PDN), News Photographer Magazine and numerous online publications about the importance of nonprofit documentary photography. She has been asked to speak at Georgetown University and Columbia University’s Journalism schools about her work with international nonprofits.
Jamie lives outside of Washington, DC up the side of a mountain and right next to wine country with her husband and their awesome pound puppy Cody.

Brent McDonald is a senior video journalist at The New York Times, currently based in Chicago. Born in 1977, he grew up along the Sangamon River in rural Illinois. He studied art history and photography at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and documentary filmmaking at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, after which he worked as an independent documentary producer and cameraman for such venues as PBS Frontline/World, NOVA, and the Times/Discovery Channel. Since joining the Times in 2005, as one of the first members of the newsroom’s video operation, he has reported compelling human stories on a wide range of issues and events, including reconstruction after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, homelessness, immigration, banking reform, water pollution and the Boston Marathon bombing. In 2014, he won an Edward R. Murrow Award for covering heroin overdoses in Maine, and he was voted POYi Multimedia Photographer of the Year for a body of work, including two half-hour documentaries: Hers to Lose, about Christine Quinn’s failed bid for mayor of New York City, and The Trials of Jacob Mach, about a former Sudanese lost boy’s journey through the Atlanta Police Academy. In January 2014, McDonald took a post in the Times’ Chicago bureau covering the American Midwest.

Since joining the Times in 2005, as one of the first members of the newsroom’s video operation, he has reported compelling human stories on a wide range of issues and events, including reconstruction after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, homelessness, immigration, banking reform, water pollution, the Boston Marathon bombing and recent protests in Ferguson, Mo.

BEN GARVIN is an Emmy Award-winning multimedia photographer for the St. Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota. He was named Journalist of the Year by the Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and Minnesota Photographer of the Year by the Minnesota Press Photographers Association. In 2011, Garvin published an award winning photography book, "Ant Farm, Glimpses of Daily Life in Minnesota." His video work for the documentary project Black Gold Boom was aired on PBS NewsHour, and his footage from the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul was included in the award-winning PBS documentary, "Better This World". Garvin's documentary on a family fighting for medical marijuana earned a Emmy award in 2014. His work on assignment for the New York Times was included in the paper's Pulitzer Prize-winning story on food poisoning in 2010. Previously Garvin worked for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, the Christian Science Monitor in Boston, and the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire where he was 3-time New Hampshire Photographer of the Year. Garvin grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he studied creative writing at the University of Arkansas. He earned a BFA in Visual Journalism with a minor in philosophy from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He lives in South Minneapolis with his wife Jessica and four kids Arthur, Lewis, Bailey and Netta.

Rob Rosenthal is the lead instructor for the Transom Story Workshop, an 8-week course on Cape Cod. He also teaches one-week workshops for Transom around the country.  Previously, Rob launched the nationally-renowned radio program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and taught there for eleven years. He has also taught audio production and storytelling for photographers at Maine Media Workshops and the annual immersion workshops run by the National Press Photographers Association.
Rob is also a freelance radio and multi-media producer. He produces audio tours, documentaries, public service announcements, and a podcast for the Public Radio Exchange and Transom called HowSound about audio storytelling. Rob is currently producing a radio documentary about Henry David Thoreau’s book Cape Cod.

Robert Cohen joined the photography staff of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1999, coming from The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. Cohen covers all aspects of daily news from tornado destruction in Joplin, Mo., to multiple World Series appearances by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a finalist for 2010 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography for his year-long coverage on suburban homelessness. Cohen graduated from the University of Texas-Austin.

Lynden Steele is the Director of Photographer at the St Louis Post-Dispatch. Steele started at the paper in 2008 and has worked as the features picture editor and assignments editor before becoming the director of photography in 2012.  Before moving to St. Louis, Steele worked as a White House picture editor and as a photographer/picture editor for Copley newspapers in suburban Chicago. He began his career as a shooter for the Monroe Evening News after graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Scott Rensberger is a freelance television reporter, photographer and editor, in Washington, DC.

Rensberger is one of the most awarded journalists in the business.  He's the only person ever to win both the highest award for investigative reporting (IRE Scroll) and also be named the best news photographer in the United States (NPPA Photographer of the Year).    

During the past two decades, Rensberger has crossed the globe working as a one-man-band.  He's worked extensively throughout Europe and has brought home stories from Central America to Asia and almost all points in between.  His work has aired on dozens of networks across North America, Asia and Europe.

Throughout the years, Rensberger has also worked as a news trainer.  He's lectured throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and has trained thousands of journalists in more than 30 countries.  The BBC refers to Rensberger as the “best VJ in the world.”  As well, Rensberger has volunteered his time as a faculty member for several NPPA courses including, The Flying Short Course, the Oklahoma Workshop and the Advanced Television Workshop.  Rensberger is also a faculty member of Circom, an organization dedicated to training European journalists. 

Rensberger lives just a few blocks from the United States Capitol.  He spends most of his time covering whatever is breaking, "big story" is taking place in the United States.  As a journalist, Rensberger lives by the saying, "A good story is EVERYTHING.  If you don't have a great story, everything you do to help a bad story, is equivalent to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic."


Thad Allender is the founder of Graph Paper Press and Theme.Works, a new web platform for building custom websites. Previously, he worked as a multimedia producer for USA Today and the director of photography for the Lawrence Journal-World. Thad is a native Kansan who currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Abby.

One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has photographed in nearly 150 countries during her illustrious career. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for National Geographic, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Baja California, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, New Zealand, and Jerusalem. In addition to her magazine work, Griffiths is deeply committed to photographing for aid organizations around the world. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photographers who document the programs that are empowering women and girls in the developing world, especially as they deal with the devastating effects of climate change. In less than five years, Ripple’s work has helped sixteen non-profits raise over a million dollars. Griffiths’ work has also appeared in LIFE, Geo, Smithsonian, Fortune, Stern, and many other publications. Along with author Barbara Kingsolver, she produced Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands, a book celebrating the last pristine wilderness in North America. Proceeds from the book raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for grassroots land conservation. Griffiths is an accomplished speaker and a regular guest on NPR, The Today Show and other media outlets. In 2008, Griffiths published A Camera, Two Kids and a Camel, a photo memoir about balance, and the joy of creating a meaningful life. In 2010, Annie authored the book, Simply Beautiful Photographs, which was named the top photo/art book of the year by both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Annie is currently at work on two new books. Annie is a Fellow with The International League of Conservation Photographers and has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, Heifer International, the National Organization of Women, The University of Minnesota and the White House News Photographers Association.

After earning his undergraduate degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in math education from the University of Kentucky, Jahi Chikwendiu spent a year teaching high school math.  That year’s spring break trip was a visit to The Washington Post, and the first summer break was spent photo freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader.  At the end of that summer, he couldn’t refuse the offer of a full-time staff position at the KY newspaper.  Three months later, the Kentucky News Photographer’s Association (KNPA) named Jahi 1998 Photographer of the Year.  After two years of covering the rich cultural landscape of Kentucky, he would join The Washington Post, where he’s been a staff photographer since January of 2001.

 Since joining the Washington Post, Chikwendiu main base of coverage has been the DC area, but he has covered a wide range of stories that include DC’s broken school system and the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, AIDS and poverty in Kenya and genocide in Darfur, cluster bomb victims in South Lebanon and the 2011 formation of the world’s newest country, South Sudan.  Chikwendiu spent the first three months of 2009 in Africa covering the Barack Obama inauguration from the Kenyan home village of the US president’s father and other stories in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Kenya, and South Sudan.  In 2014, Chikwendiu spent well over a month in Missouri covering the issues surrounding the fatal shooting of unarmed, Black teenager Michael Brown by Darren Wilson, a White Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson.  The photojournalist’s work has been recognized by various local, national, and international organizations, but his heart always comes back to the question of how to best evolve as a storyteller and how to best raise the next generation of visionaries.



John has been a photojournalist at stations throughout the country, from Myrtle Beach, SC to Portland, OR.  John returned to his native North Carolina in 2010 and is currently the Assistant Chief Photojournalist at WLOS in Asheville. The mountains of North Carolina are filled with amazing stories, and WLOS is his outlet for them to the rest of the world.
John believes in telling stories, not simply reporting information. His favorite journalism anecdote is “people remember what they feel longer than what they know.” This comes through in his award-winning work. John was named the NPPA’s Ernie Crisp Photographer of the Year Runner-up in 2014. In addition to POY, he has won 3 regional Edward R. Murrow awards, including Use of Video twice and 7 regional Emmy awards, including News Photographer 3 times. John also has a passion for sharing his knowledge. He co-hosted a visual storytelling seminar for the Sinclair Broadcast Group in 2014. This seminar took journalists through his 2014 POY reel. John also volunteers his time as an NPPA Quarterly Clip Contest Chair. He looks forward to meeting all the amazing storytellers at the Northern Short Course!


Colin McIntyre is a producer and senior cameraman for Aljazeera’s award winning investigative unit where he travels the world covering stories of international importance.  Recently, he served as Director of Photography and Editor on an hour-long documentary called Broken Dreams: The Boeing 787.  The film is the most watched documentary in the history of Aljazeera English and is currently nominated for the Royal Television Society award for international current affairs programing.
before joining Aljazeera, he was part of the investigative team at KTRK-TV in Houston.  During his time in Texas, he racked up more than a dozen Emmys and was twice named photographer of the year.  In 2011, Investigative Reporters and Editors awarded McIntyre and the KTRK-TV team it's highest honor — the IRE Medal.  The Medal winning entry, "Constable Corruption”, featured a years worth of stories about entrenched corruption among Houston area lawmen. 
 Previously he worked at WAVY-TV in Portsmouth Virginia where he helped build it into the powerhouse NPPA photography shop that it is today.  The station’s current run of 5 consecutive NPPA Medium Market Station of the Year started during his tenure.
McIntyre has received 20 Emmys, 6 Edward R. Murrows, 13 Associated Press Awards, a National Headliners Award in this career.

Michael S. Williamson is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer who joined The Washington Post in 1993 after working for the Sacramento Bee from 1975-1991.
He taught at Western Kentucky University (1991-93). Williamson has covered a variety of global events in the last 35 years, including the wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua; the Philippine revolution; strife in the Middle East; the Gulf War; and conflicts in Africa,The Balkans and Asia.

Williamson was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in several foster
homes before settling with a permanent foster family in his early
teens. In 1994, he won the National Press Photographers Association’s Crystal Eagle Award, which  recognizes photography that has had a documented effect on society. Williamson won for a 15-year project on homelessness in America. The NPPA named Williamson the Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 1995. In 2000, he shared the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for coverage of the conflict in Kosovo and was named White House News Photographer's Association's Photographer of the Year.

His work on the homeless and poor yielded four books, including  “And Their Children After Them,” coauthored with Dale Maharidge, which won the 1990 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction. Another book, also with Maharidge, “Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass,” was published in 1985.
Two more recent book collaborations with Maharidge produced “Homeland,” which was published in 2004 in the United States and in 2005 in Italy; and “Denison, Iowa,” released in
2005. Another book project, “The Lincoln Highway,” with Michael
Wallis, was released in 2007. His photo essay “Old Dogs Are the Best Dogs,” was published by Simon and Schuster in October 2008 and sold over 90,000 hard covers.

His most recent book with Maharidge is “Someplace Like America: Tales From the New Great Depression.” The book is a result of a 30-year collaboration documenting the plight of jobless, homeless and working Americans. It was released in June of 2011 by The University of California Press with a forward written by Bruce Springsteen.
In April of 2014 Williamson was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature photography for a series of photos depicting life in America for those living with recent cuts in the food stamp program. 

He lives in Maryland with his teenage daughters Sophia and Valerie

I have been providing tax services for many years now and one of the most important elements of my industry is developing personal and professional connections with my clients. Taxes are an extremely private matter, and
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build, foster, and maintain a partnership with you so that I can provide sound tax advice and accounting services.
As a long time resident of the DC Metro Area, I understand the unique needs of DC area taxpayers. Armed with the latest tax information and an extensive network of professionals that span all aspects of the financial world, my clients can be sure the hard work I put in will pay off in the end.
Honors, Professional Affiliations, & Certifications
DC’s Best Business Person of the Year ‘06, ‘07, & ‘08—Washington Blade
Society of Certified Senior Advisors (CSA since 2006)
Maryland Society of Accountants (Member in Good Standing since 2004)
National Assn of Tax Professionals (Member in Good Standing since 2004)
National Society of Tax Professionals (Active Member since 2005)
Virginia Society of Enrolled Agents (Associate Member since 2004)
Principle Tax Instructor for several DC, MD and VA Real Estate Offices

Andrew P. Scott is Deputy Director of Multimedia at USA TODAY, overseeing a team of 18 visual editors and photojournalists who work within a multimedia newsroom shaping photo and video coverage for use across all of USA TODAY's platforms and Gannett properties nationwide.  Previously, he spent ten years as a photo editor and photographer at The Dallas Morning News.

Scott Broom is a new breed of electronic journalist whose work is now featured at the Newseum as an example of the dramatic changes occurring in the media business.  After 26 years as an Emmy Award winning traditional “coat and tie” TV reporter, he is now tasked with accelerating the television news industry’s shift from traditional  broadcasting to high-volume web-based, video, and text communications.  As a "One Man Band" TV reporter/web journalist, he has reported single-handedly in the most challenging environments, including natural disasters, breakingcrime scenes, and the depths of the US Capital.  Scott is an expert in how digital media is changing the local TV news landscape and how to change with it.

Linda Epstein is currently a contract photo editor, having just recently finished an 8-month contract at The Washington Post. Previously, Linda was senior photo editor with McClatchy-Tribune Information Services where she handled all the photos for the McClatchy Washington Bureau's regional, national and foreign correspondents for 15 years. Prior she worked as a picture editor and assignments editor during her three years at The Washington Times.  Linda started her journalism career as a photographer for several newspapers in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Ohio.  A graduate of Syracuse University, Linda is a member of the White House News Photographers Association and National Press Photographers Association (NPPA).  She served on NPPA’s Board of Directors as a Regional Director or Associate Director for over 10 years. 

Mary F. Calvert is an independent photojournalist committed to using photography to affect meaningful social change. She believes that journalists have a duty to shine a light into the deepest recesses of the human experience and provide a mirror for society to examine itself and is the 2014 recipient of the Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant for her project “Missing in Action: Homeless Female Veterans.”

While a staff photographer at The Washington Times, Calvert was a finalist in 2007 for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for documenting the societal stigma of sub-Sahara women afflicted with obstetric fistula after childbirth.

In 2008, Mary was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award in International Photography for her project, “Lost Daughters: Sex Selection in India”, chronicling the social and economic motivations for the widely prevalent practice of eliminating girls in favor of boys.

Also in 2008, she was awarded the White House News Photographers Association Project Grant to document rape as a weapon of war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The resulting project being named as a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography.

Calvert is the 2013 recipient of the Canon Female Photojournalist Grant for her project: “The Battle Within: Sexual Violence in America’s Military.” The resulting work was featured in a solo exhibit at the 2014 Visa Pour L’Image, International Festival of Photojournalism in Perpignan, France.

In addition to being a guest faculty member of the Eddie Adams Workshop, she has been a member of the faculty for the Department of Defense Worldwide Military Photographers Workshop in Ft. Meade for the last eighteen years.

Before joining the staff of The Washington Times, Calvert spent nine years covering the San Francisco Bay Area for The Oakland Tribune and is represented by ZUMA Press.

Allison Shelley is an independent documentary photographer and multimedia journalist. She is co-director of the Women Photojournalists of Washington and recent adjunct faculty at the graduate programs of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Previously, Allison worked as director of photography for Education Week newspaper and as a staff photographer for The Washington Times. Her current project focuses on identity and belonging during crisis.

Allison’s photography and video has been featured in Time, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, NPR, Al Jazeera America, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Paris Match, and The Guardian, among others. She has received awards and/or financial support from organizations such as the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the National Press Photographers Association, and the White House News Photographers Association.

Greg Kahn (b. 1981) is an American documentary photographer. Kahn grew up in a small coastal town in Rhode Island, and attended The George Washington University in Washington D.C. In August of 2012, Kahn co-founded GRAIN Images with his wife Lexey, and colleague Tristan Spinski.
Kahn's work concentrates on issues that shape personal and cultural identity. He has worked for clients such as The Atlantic Magazine, Audubon Magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Nike, stern, USAID, and Washingtonian Magazine. In 2011, Kahn was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his work on the foreclosure crisis in Florida.

Jenna Isaacson Pfueller is a proud Midwesterner, handmade crafter, admitted thrift store addict and long-time photojournalist, now living and working as an online photo editor at AARP Media in Washington, DC.   A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, she has worked in the news industry since 1999, doing everything from writing obituaries to photographing a Superbowl.  Her primary roles have included that of photographer, writer, photo editor, and videographer, having worked as an intern at the Salt Lake Tribune, St. Joseph News-Press, and as a staffer at the Columbia Daily Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. She has been tackled by a college linebacker, chased by angry pit bulls, and had her face stepped on by an off-balance presidential candidate in front of a huge audience-- all in the name of journalism.    Her Kickstarter project on American thrift culture, All Thrifty States, is nearing completion and has been featured on The Washington Post's Insight blog, The Brian Lehrer Show, and Huffington Post, among others.  In her spare time she enjoys camping, sassy crafting, and playing funny songs on the ukulele for her husband and son. 
Jim Bourg is the Editor In Charge for Reuters News Pictures in Washington as well as a Reuters staff photographer. Jim has been a Reuters photographer and editor in Washington since 2004. Prior to that he was Reuters contract photographer based in Boston, covering the 6 states of New England and traveling across the country and around the world covering stories for Reuters for 16 years. Before Reuters he worked regularly on assignment for the New York Times as well as Time, Newsweek and People Magazines plus many other magazines around the world as a member of the Gamma Liaison photo agency. He started his career as a wire service photographer with UPI while going to college in Boston.
Phaedra Singelis has been working a photo editor, manager and producer. She led a team of editors at publishing multimedia and hundreds of photos to the homepage, articles and in slideshows. Prior to working at 30Rock, she was a Picture Editor at The New York Times, where she covered such events as Hurricane Katrina and the Supreme Court nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito. After graduating from Ohio University's school of Visual Communication, she was a staff photographer at the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Cincinnati Enquirer. Singelis began working in digital media at in 2000 where she was Deputy Managing Editor for Multimedia and acted as the liaison between online and the newspaper’s award-winning photojournalism department. She’s taught at The Poynter Institute, the University of North Carolina, and served as both a contest judge and speaker at numerous conferences. A recipient of several Best of Photojournalism awards for her multimedia work, she also has a photo in the Baseball Hall of Fame. She is currently lives in New York City and is looking for her next big success.
Brad Horn is a video journalist at The Washington Post, a position he continues to be baffled he was ever hired for. He lives in Washington, DC with his awesome wife and two awesome daughters.
Video Editor/Producer at The Washington Post.

Hotel and Travel information for the 2016 NSC

The Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel will host the 2016 Northern Short Course in Photojournalism February 25-27, 2016

Renaissance Woodbridge

515 US Highway 1 South

Iselin, NJ

Tel: +1 732-634-3600


A group room rate of $135 + tax has been secured for the NSC room block. Reservation deadline is February 1, 2016. Refer to group name Northern Short Course to receive the discounted rate.

The closest airport to the hotel is Newark Liberty International (EWR)

Parking at the hotel is complimentary

Thank you for your interest, all volunteer postitions have been filled for 2015

Registration Questions Natalie Nigito

Multimedia Sessions Will Yurman

General Questions John Walker

Video Storytelling Questions Sean Filburn

For information about exhibiting at the NSC  John Walker