Speakers Named, Online Registration Opens For NPPA Multimedia Immersion Workshop & Photojournalism Summit

DURHAM, NC– Online registration is still open for the National Press Photographers Association’s Photojournalism Summit and Multimedia Immersion Program in Portland, OR, on May 30 through June 2, 2007.

The program will be at the Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, Portland-Lloyd Center, in Portland, OR.

And some new speakers have been added to the program's schedule, including photojournalist Lauren Greenfield and the recent winners of the Best Of Photojournalism 2007 Photojournalists of the Year titles, Carolyn Cole of the Los Angeles Times and Mary Calvert of The Washington Times. In addition, the winner of this year's Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, Renée C. Byer of the Sacramento Bee, is a speaker in the photography portion of the program.

The Photojournalism Summit on June 1 through June 2 with workshops in Still Photography, Multimedia, and Television Photography is open to everyone. The Multimedia Immersion program was limited to 40 participants, and it is now full.

“This is one training session you don’t want to miss, so register now!” NPPA president Tony Overman said. “The multimedia program will be a ‘boot camp’ of audio and video recording, editing, and slideshow presentations for still and television photojournalists alike. We hope to produce a Web site with the multimedia packages that are produced during the Photojournalism Summit, and Seth Gitner’s NPPA Multimedia Committee is planning the faculty and curriculum for the four-day program.

“There will be the traditional two-day Photojournalism Summit on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2. This will feature one-hour workshops on multimedia, but also include freelance business, licensing, and general photography inspiration workshops. And the Best Of Photojournalism 2007 and Sprague Awards banquet will be held on Saturday night.”

During the Photojournalism Summit, the part of the program that is open to all attendees, there will be speakers in three tracks of workshops: Still Photography, Multimedia, and Television Photography. Some of the multimedia faculty from the Immersion Program may also do “double duty” and lead sessions during the Photojournalism Summit as well. One-hour workshops are planned ranging from traditional storytelling to the latest and greatest mulitmedia tools and techniques.

The sessions will take place at the Doubletree Lloyd Center in Portland, where there's a special NPPA nightly room rate of $119.

The NPPA Photojournalism Summit is sponsored by Canon, Soundslides, The Digital Journalist, and The Digital Railroad.


Speakers who are scheduled to make Still Photography-related presentations at the NPPA Photojournalism Summit include documentary photojournalist and author Lauren Greenfield, and her appearance is sponsored by Canon. Greenfield is the author of Girl Culture and Fast Forward, but her most recently acclaimed project, a full-length documentary film called “Thin,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Independent Film Festival of Boston, the Newport International Film Festival, and the Jackson Hole Film Festival.

Confirming this week that they will make presentations in the program in Portland are Carolyn Cole, of the Los Angeles Times, and Mary Calvert of The Washington Times. Last week in NPPA's Best Of Photojournalism 2007 contest, Cole and Calvert were named Photojournalists of the Year in the Large and Small Market categories.

In addition to being named Photojournalist of the Year (Large Markets) in this year’s NPPA Best Of Photojournalism 2007 contest, Cole also won first place in the International News Picture Story category for her essay on the conflict between Israel and Lebanon last summer, and she was selected for Best Of Show/Picture Story for her essay.

In 2004, Cole won three of photojournalism’s top honors for her coverage of the siege of Liberia’s capital city, Monrovia, and the ongoing war in Iraq. That year her Liberian essay was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, she was named NPPA’s 2004 Newspaper Photographer of the Year, and she was named the University of Missouri’s 61st annual Pictures of the Year International Newspaper Photographer of the Year.

Cole was a member of the Times staff awarded the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for their team coverage of a gunfight in North Hollywood. She’s also a two-time winner of the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal for courage in photography from the Overseas Press Club. She was first given the award in 2003 for her coverage of the siege at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, then again in 2004 for her conflict photography in Iraq and Liberia. She is a 1983 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism and she’s been with the Los Angeles Times since 1994. Between college and the Times she worked for the Sacramento Bee, the San Francisco Examiner, and the El Paso Herald Post. Cole is currently based in New York City.

Calvert has worked for The Washington Times since 1998, where her photojournalism has also been recognized with awards from the White House News Photographers Association, in the University of Missoui School of Journalism’s Pictures of the Year International contest, at the NPPA Northern Short Course, and by the Associated Press. She’s been a member of the faculty for the Department of Defense Worldwide Military Photographers Workshop in Ft. Meade, MD, for the past eleven years.

Mary CalvertBefore working at The Washington Times, Calvert spent nine years covering the Bay Area for The Oakland Tribune and The Hayward Daily Review. She is a graduate of Northern Virginia Community College, where she earned an Associate in Arts degree in Fine Art Photography, and San Francisco State University, where she earned a B.A. in journalism and won the Robert F. Kennedy College Journalism Award. She makes her home in Maryland with her husband, Joseph M. Eddins, Jr., and sixteen-year-old daughter, Mary Stone.

Other Still Photography speakers include this year’s College Photographer of the Year, Eric Kayne of Ohio University; Pulitzer Prize-winner Renée C. Byer of the Sacramento Bee, who will talk about “Making Every Picture Count”; Smiley N. Pool of the Houston Chronicle; Cathaleen Curtiss, director of photography for America Online who is also the 1990 White House News Photographers Association Photographer of the Year; and Greg Smith, chairman of NPPA’s Business Practices Committee, who will speak about “Smart Business Practices”.

Additional Still Photography speakers include John Long, an NPPA past president who is the long-standing chairman of NPPA’s Ethics & Standards Committee, who will lead a panel discussion on “Ethics in the Digital Age." And Jack Zibluk, NPPA’s newly-elected vice president who is also an associate professor of photojournalism at Arkansas State University and chairman of NPPA’s Student Quarterly Clip Contest, will lead a panel discussion titled “So, You Think You Wanna Teach?” Joining Zibluk on the panel will be Dr. Julianne Newton, a journalism professor at the University of Oregon, and NPPA executive committee member Russ Kendall, a photography editor at the Bellingham (WA) Herald who is a former tenure-track photojournalism instructor.



Multimedia speakers who are scheduled to make presentations at the NPPA Photojournalism Summit include Seth Gitner, a multimedia editor for The Roanoke Times and Roanoke.com; Will Sullivan, interactive projects Editor for The Palm Beach Post; Dirck Halstead, editor and publisher of the DigitalJournalist.org; Will Yurman, a staff photojournalist for The Democrat and Chronicle; and Josh Meltzer, a staff photojournalist for The Roanoke Times and Roanoke.com who is last year’s NPPA Photojournalist of the Year for Small Markets.

Additional multimedia presenters are Geoffrey Hiller, an independent multimedia producer; David Leeson, the executive producer for video and new media for The Dallas Morning News and a Pulitzer Prize winner for photography; Andrew DeVigal, multimedia editor for The New York Times; Rich Beckman, a professor of multimedia design and production at the University of North Carolina; Rob Finch, a staff photographer for The Oregonian; Brian Storm president of MediaStorm; and Tom Kennedy, managing editor for multimedia at Washingtonpost.com and Newsweek Interactive.

Workshop advertisement from News Photographer magazineAlso leading multimedia sessions will be Jim Seida, a multimedia producer for MSNBC; Richard Koci Hernandez, the deputy director of multimedia and photography for The San Jose Mercury News; Scott Sharpe, a photo assignment editor for The Raleigh News & Observer; Gary O'Brien, a photo systems editor for The Charlotte Observer; Tim Broekema, an assistant professor of photojournalism and new media at Western Kentucky University; Joe Weiss, the creator of Soundslides; and Judith Levitt, a multimedia producer for The New York Times.

Multimedia program sponsors for this event are Apple Computer Inc.’s Aperture software, Canon Professional Video, Soundslides, The Digital Journalist, and MediaStorm.


Television speakers who are scheduled to make presentations at the NPPA Photojournalism Summit include Andy Shilts, a photojournalist for KMSP-TV Fox News in Minneapolis, MN, who is the newly-crowned Best Of Photojournalism 2007 NPPA Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year; Matt Knisely, director of photojournalism for KMSP-TV Fox News; Scott Jensen, a former NPPA Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year who is director of photography for KTUU-TV in Anchorage, AK; Carol Thomas Koon, a freelance television photojournalist in Portland, OR; and others to be announced later.

Television session topics planned for sessions include "Life After Television News"; "Doing Great Stories In A Changing Newsroom"; "Motivating Your Staff "; and "Back To Basics".


NPPA’s annual board of directors and business meeting will also be held during the Photojournalism Summit. The board will meet on Tuesday, May 29 and Wednesday, May 30.