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Longtime Director and Founding Member To Retire from SND Executive Director Post

NORTH KINGSTOWN, RI. - David B. Gray, executive director of the Society for News Design, will retire May 31, 2004, after more than 25 years of service to the organization.

Gray has been a member of the NPPA for more than 28 years, joining NPPA in November 1975.

He will step down after eight years as the executive director of SND. Warren Watson, SND immediate past president, said they will undertake an international search to replace Gray, who was hired in 1996 and is only the second executive director in the group's 25-year history.

"Dave has done more than any other individual to foster and strengthen SND. He is one of the giant figures in the history of newspaper and media design," said Watson.

Watson said that Gray would remain a consultant to the organization through the early Fall, helping to plan and coordinate SND's biggest event of the year, the Annual Workshop and Exhibition, to be held September 30 through October 2, 2004, in San Jose, CA.

Under Gray, SND expanded its training offerings in news, new media and advertising design and information graphics workshops. During his tenure, the organization became more active in working with other journalism organizations to spread the message that well-designed newspapers are good newspapers, Watson said. SND's membership peaked over 2,700 in 2003, there are now more than 16 student chapters of SND around the world, and the number of entries in the Annual Best of Newspaper Design competition have increased more than 50 percent in the past eight years.

Gray is a 1963 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), with a bachelor's degree in graphics and photography. After serving as a graphic designer and art director in an advertising agency and as an associate in a design firm, he joined the Providence Journal Co. in 1968 as a graphic designer in the promotion department. He was brought to the newsroom and named Journal-Bulletin photo editor in September 1975, graphics editor in 1980 and managing editor/graphics in 1984. In 1994, Gray was named to the new post of managing editor/technology, responsible for implementing desktop publishing and training. In 1996, he left the Providence Journal-Bulletin to take the SND position. That appointment capped 18 years of volunteer service in the organization for Gray, who was a founding member of SND in 1978.


Bismarck's Justin Dehn wins Yoder Award

The 2004 Gordon Yoder TV NewsVideo Workshop Award from the National Press Photographers Foundation has been given to Justin Dehn of KFYR NBC-TV 5 in Bismarck, ND. NPPF TV Scholarship Coordinator Dave Hamer made the announcement of the winner to the NPPF Trustees this week.

"Our thanks to fellow trustee Gordon Yoder and Irene Yoder for founding this award, which assists young professional television photojournalists and helps them to attend the workshop in Norman, OK," Hamer said. The $1,000 stipend is an annual grant administered by the NPPF.

"I've never been to the workshop before and I'm really excited about it," Dehn said. "I've wanted to go for the last couple of years and financially just wasn't able to do it. This year's workshop is a really good one and it's a good time to attend. I'm really happy to have won the Yoder award this year."

Dehn said, "there aren't a lot of photojournalists in North Dakota to get together with and learn from. I think the workshop is going to be a great place to learn a lot, and a great deal." The workshop is March 21-26


Sports Illustrated's V.J. Lovero, 44, loses long battle with cancer

Victor James "V.J." Lovero, 44, staff photographer for Sports Illustrated, and team photographer for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and Anaheim Angels, died January 12 in Newport Beach, CA, after a four-year battle with cancer. At his side were family and friends. He is survived by his wife Trish, and sons John, 16, and Jay, 13.

V.J. Lovero before Game 2 of the 2002 American League Division Championship series between the Minnesota Twins and the Oakland A's in Oakland.

Photo by Brad Mangin - Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated says Lovero had 39 of the magazine's covers during his career. He was the Ducks official team photographer since the team's inception in 1993. Lovero was also an active member of the Web site.

Many of Lovero's fellow sports photojournalists were with him during his final days in hospital in Newport Beach, and they travelled from assignments around the country to be with him when they got word that his condition had worsened. Tributes to Lovero, in stories and fond memories, have been pouring in to the Web site that he was a member of since January, 2003.

Memorial contributions were requested by the family in lieu of flowers. Donations in Lovero's name can be made to the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, 9272 Jeronimo Rd., Suite 107A, Irvine, CA, 92618. Their web site is at


Southern Short Course In April

The 55th Southern Short Course in News Photography will be held Thursday, April 1 through Sunday, April 4, 2004 at the Marriott Greensboro Downtown in Greensboro, North Carolina.

This year's faculty will include: Mark Adams, Mark Adams Photography; Alan Berner, The Seattle Times; Francis Gardler, Patuxent Publishing Company; Jack Rowland, The St. Petersburg Times; Diana Walker, Time; Andrea Bruce Woodall, The Washington Post.

The seminar and contest are open to all photojournalists and students. Deadline to enter the contest is March 17, 2004.


KRT's Harry Walker Named Best Of Photojournalism 2004 Contest Chairperson

Harry Walker, director of photography for Knight Ridder Tribune Photos in Washington, DC, has been appointed chairperson of the Best Of Photojournalism 2004 contest committee to replace Maria Mann. She resigned the post as she assumes her new duties as the director of news and editorial photography for Europe, Middle East and Africa for Corbis. Mann, who served in the contest leadership role for two years, is now based in Paris, France.

NPPA Past President and NPPA/Poynter Institute liaison Clyde Mueller made the announcement today on the opening day for entries in the 2004 competition. "The NPPA is eternally grateful to Maria for the work she has done on behalf of the BOP contest," Mueller said, "and we wish her the best. Maria wants everyone to know she will continue to actively promote the BOP contest wherever she travels."

Mueller also announced that Terry E. Eiler, director of the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University, has joined the Best Of Photojournalism contest committee to replace Larry Nighswander. The other returning contest committee members are Joe Elbert, assistant managing editor of photography for The Washington Post, and Kenny Irby, founder of the Poynter Institute's photojournalism program.


New Online Photographic Business Survey

A new online Photographic Business Survey is being conducted by Greg Voight, a faculty member at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, who is also a masters degree student at Antioch University working on a MA in organizational management. As part of his thesis he's conducting a national educational photographic business survey. The results, which he will share with the NPPA, will help us to better serve NPPA members.

"The goal is to collect data that will help student photographers become better at the business side of professional photography," Voight said. "This survey is being eMailed to as many APA, ASMP, PP of A, and WPPI members as possible, and I hope NPPA members, too." Voight said the survey is also being sent ot the alumni lists of several American universities with photographic programs.

Voight will share the data when the survey is complete and he says the survey takes less than ten minutes to take online. Voight can be contacted at [email protected] for more information.


Costa Courtroom Award

The deadline for submitting images to the Joseph Costa Award for Courtroom Photography is January 15, 2004 (postmarked). The Costa Award seeks to "honor the photographer whose courtroom coverage is judged to best demonstrate the use of still photography in what is a highly sensitive and increasingly controversial reporting situation."

All entries should be sent to:
Ken Heinen 
Joseph Costa Award for Courtroom Photography
Journalism Department
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306.
Deadline: Postmarked by January 15, 2004.

No entry form is required. Entries must have been published in a newspaper or magazine in 2003. Entries should consist of a clipping of the published work and optionally a print or prints no larger than 8" x 10". If clippings only are submitted, the winner will be asked to furnish a print for display at Ball State University. Each entry must also include a letter signed by the photographer or a representative of the publication that describes the circumstances of the photograph(s), the publication name, the date of publication, photographer's name, address and phone number. Multiple-image entries are permitted.

Joseph Costa, former lecturer in Photojournalism at Ball State University and a founder of NPPA, was in the forefront of the effort to have cameras in the courtroom. Prior to teaching, he was active as a newspaper photographer or supervisor for the New York Morning News, the New York Daily News and the New York Daily Mirror.



Carolyn Cole Awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award

Carolyn Cole of the Los Angeles Times has been awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award for photography by the Overseas Press Club of America for the second year in a row for her essay, Covering Conflict: Iraq and Liberia.

Alex Majoli of Magnum Photos was awarded the Feature Photography Award for the "best feature photography published in any medium on an international theme," for his portfolio, Wars Without End: The Congo, which was published by Newsweek.

Chris Hondros of Getty Images was awarded the John Faber Award for the "best photographic reporting from abroad in newspapers and wire services" for his essay, Chaos Enveloping: Liberia's Deadly Summer.

Li Zhensheng and Robert Pledge of Contact Press Images were awarded the Olivier Rebbot Award, which is for the "best photographic reporting from abroad in magazines and books," for the book Red-Color News Soldier: A Chinese Photographer's Odyssey Through The Cultural Revolution.

The prestigious Capa award is for the "best published photographic reporting from abroad, requiring exceptional courage and enterprise." Cole was recognized for her coverage of the siege of Monrovia, Liberia, and the battle between government troops and rebels for control of the city, including the story of a Liberian woman who cared for 75 orphans who lost their parents in the civil war. Her portfolio also included photographs of the effects of war on a family in Iraq.

Judges said Cole's images about the human tragedy of war are "heart wrenching, visceral and horrific." Citations in the Capa Award category were given to Christopher Anderson of the agency VII for The Road To Baghdad, published by U.S. News and World Report, and to Gary Knight of the agency VII for The Battle For Diyala Bridge, published by Newsweek.

So far this year Cole has been recognized for her photojournalism with nearly every top honor in the profession: the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography; the National Press Photographers Association's Newspaper Photographer of the Year award in the 2004 Best of Photojournalism contest; the Newspaper Photographer of the Year award in the Missouri School of Journalism's 61st Annual Pictures of the Year International contest; and in the World Press Photo competition, second and third places in the "People In The News" category for her essays from Iraq and Liberia. Majoli was also honored earlier this year by the NPPA in the 2004 Best of Photojournalism contest when he was named Magazine Photographer of the Year.

In recognizing Red-Color News Soldier, the judges said "This extraordinary visual record of the Cultural Revolution was photographed and preserved at great personal risk to the photographer. The book is an invaluable historical document that vividly details the chilling events of those tumultuous years."

About Majoli's Feature Award winning essay, the judges said, "These beautifully composed black and white pictures of the strife in the Congo are a poignant and powerful reminder that we must not forget the terrible human toll resulting from the manmade civil wars that are ravaging so many African nations."

A citation of honor was given to the photographers of The New York Times in the John Faber Award category for their collected images, The War In Iraq.

The Overseas Press Club of America was founded in 1939 in New York City by foreign correspondents who wanted to encourage and recognize the highest standards of professional integrity and skill in reporting international news and to maintain an international association of journalists who work in the States and abroad. This year the OPC honored journalists in 21 award categories, including writers, photographers, and producers in both print and broadcast journalism, during a dinner April 21 in New York, which was hosted by Charlie Rose of PBS.


Carolyn Cole, David Leeson, Cheryl Diaz Meyer Win The Pulitzer Prizes For Photography











 David J. Leeson and Cheryl Diaz Meyer, senior staff photographers for The Dallas Morning News, today won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photographs for their coverage of the invasion of Iraq last year. And Carolyn Cole of the Los Angeles Times won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for her pictures of the siege of Liberia's capital city, Monrovia.

All three Pulitzer photography winners were top finishers in the NPPA Best Of Photojournalism 2004 contest Newspaper Photographer of the Year category, which was judged and announced last week. Cole is the NPPA Newspaper Photographer of the Year for her photography in Liberia and Iraq; Leeson and Diaz Meyer were Honorable Mentions in the NPPA Newspaper Photographer of the Year category for their coverage of Iraq.

[Celebration: Los Angeles Times staff photographers Don Barletti (left) and Carolyn Cole celebrate Col's win of the 2004 Pulitzer in feature photography for her work in Liberia. Barletti won the Feature Photography Pulitzer Prize in 2003. Photograph by Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times]

Cole is also the University of Missouri's 61st annual Pictures of the Year International Newspaper Photographer of the Year for her portfolio from the Iraqi war and its aftermath. The Times, in reporting Cole's Pulitzer today, said "Cole's award for feature photography captured the chaos and terror as rebel forces laid siege to the Liberian capital, forcing President Charles Taylor to give up power and triggering a humanitarian crisis." The Pulitzer jury cited Cole's photographs for being a "cohesive, behind-the-scenes look at the effects of civil war in Liberia, with special attention to innocent citizens caught in the conflict."

For Cole, the fact that one photojournalist took all three top photography honors in a single year is a remarkable accomplishment. "I am incredibly proud of Carolyn," said Colin Crawford, the assistant managing editor of photography at the Los Angeles Times. "She is an experienced, tenacious, talented photojournalist that is truly deserving of this award. She has demonstrated over and over again that no matter what the situation, no matter how bad the conflict, that she can take memorable images that move the reader." Cole was also a finalist for the Pulitzer last year for her coverage of the Church of the Nativity siege in Bethlehem.

[Marine War Paint: A US soldier painted his face before battle in Iraq, hoping to scare the enemy. Photograph by Cheryl Diaz Meyer/The Dallas Morning News]

 "The best thing about winning this is that it gives me an opportunity to thank all those people who have supported me all along," Carolyn Cole said from the photography department on her way to a staff celebration. "And that includes Colin Crawford, Steve Stroud, Gail Fisher, and many, many others." Cole said that until it was pointed out to her, she had not yet realized that she's the first photojournalist to win the Pulitzer Prize, the NPPA BOP top newspaper honor, and the Missouri POYi top newspaper honor in the same year.

Cole is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in photojournalism. Before joining the Los Angeles Times, she was a staff photographer at The Sacramento Bee from 1992-94, and freelanced in Mexico City from 1990-92. She was a staff photographer for the San Francisco Examiner from 1988-90, and before that was with the El Paso Herald Post from 1986-88.

[Iraq: A family in Iraq reacts as the bodies of their family members, killed by US troops at a check point, come home. Photograph by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times]

Leeson and Meyer were embedded with U.S. military units as they advanced on Baghdad at the beginning of the war with Iraq. Leeson was embedded with the U.S. Army's Third Infantry Division, and Meyer was with the Marines' Second Tank Battalion. The Dallas Morning News reports that this is the first Pulitzer for Leeson, who has been with the paper since 1984 and has been a Pulitzer finalist three other times, and for Meyer, who was a finalist for the first time this year and who came to the News in 2000.

Meyer, called at a celebration party tonight only hours before she leaves on assignment for the Philippines, said "This is something that you always dream about, but you can never really envision the say that it might happen. It's truly amazing because there are so many wonderful photographers out there who could have just as well got this prize, so the fact that we're honored with it is really special." Meyer said that the real joy of it is in sharing it with her coworkers and fellow staff. "They've been so supportive, sharing in the pride and the joy of this. They are the ones who picked up the extra work while we were gone, the extra assignments, so it's just as much their prize as it is ours," she said.

[Iraq: US Troops invading Iraq capture a prisoner. Photograph by David Leeson/The Dallas Morning News]

 Meyer also praised her boss, director of photography Ken Geiger. "He's an amazing guy, who sacrificed more than three months of his life to carry a cell phone with him twenty-four hours a day and to answer it in the middle of the night whenever I called needing a decision. He always answered, he was always there for us, and not because it is his job but because of an amazing amount of dedication he has to us and our photography."

Asked if there was any one special photograph from the essay that stands out for her today after winning the Pulitzer, Meyer said, "Probably the one of two Marines helping an old man after he had accidentally been shot in their crossfire. In the middle of the battle he was trying to sneak by. Not really knowing if he was a guerilla or not, the Marines shot him. Then when they realized he was a civilian, they went back to get him. It was the lead photography in the entry. It was a very heroic and generous moment for the Marines, it was a risk they didn't have to take."

[Monrovia Battle: A government soldier takes aim at a rebel soldier during a battle in Monrovia, Liberia. Photograph by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times]

 "An award like this is bittersweet," David Leeson said. "The images in the portfolio are very difficult, of people who have died or who are dying, and it feels strange to drink champagne after photographing those things and being awarded for it. But I accept this award in memory of all those people who have fallen, and on behalf of the soldiers who are still there and fighting."

This was the fourth time Leeson has been a Pulitzer finalist. "Initially, today was a sense of relief after losing the other three times. For twenty years I've had people believing in me and having confidence in me and I've been living with comments like, 'You're going to win a Pulitzer one day.' Today was a huge affirmation for all the people who have had all the confidence in me for so many years," Leeson said.

[In Iraq: Dallas Morning News staff photographers David Leeson (L) and Cheryl Diaz Meyer pose for a photo after meeting up in Baghdad, Iraq on April 20, 2003. Today they won a Pulitzer for their coverage of the war.]

 "The Pulitzer Prize has a great service in that it gives these images an additional life, so that future generations will see them and these photographs will continue to speak truth about the cost of war, and about the price of freedom," Leeson added.

The finalists for this year's Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography included the Associated Press for their coverage of Iraq, and Chris Hondros Getty Images for coverage of the uprising in Liberia. The Pulitzer Board said the AP coverage was "evocative, a panoramic portrayal of the war in Iraq." They also said that the photographs by Hondros were "powerful and courageous coverage of the bloody upheaval in Liberia," and that the Pulitzer jury moved his entry from the Feature Photography category to News.

[Cole Celebrates: Carolyn Cole celebrateswinning the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography today at the Los Angeles Times. Photograph by Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times]

 Also finalists for the Pulitzer in Feature Photography were Pauline Lubens, Dai Sugano, and Patrick Tehan of the San Jose Mercury News for their photographic coverage of the recall election of California Gov. Gray Davis. The Pulitzer jury said their photographs were "imaginative and sophisticated." The other finalist in this category was Damir Sagolj's of Reuters for his unforgettable photograph of a U.S. Marine medic holding a wounded child in Iraq. The child's mother had just been shot and killed in crossfire at a Marine check point when their vehicle failed to stop as ordered (see cover, News Photographer, September 2003). The Pulitzer photo jury moved his entry from the Breaking News category to Feature.


2003 PEQCC Results

By Alex Burrows, PEQCC Chairperson

Congratulations to The Hartford Courant Photo editing team for top honors in the 2003 picture editing competition. They will receive the first place Gold Award for Outstanding Published Work.

This national contest is a year-long competition and involves judging at the end of each quarter. More than 20 judges from different newspapers, magazines and universities participate. Winners are chosen by giving a point value to newspaper pages in top entries in the five categories of news, sports, feature, picture page and multi-page.

Here are the 2003 final results:

  1. The Hartford Courant (Gold) - 710 points
  2. The Palm Beach Post (Silver) - 470 points
  3. The San Jose Mercury News (Bronze) - 290 points


Awards of Excellence

  1. South Florida Sun-Sentinel - 170 points
  2. The St. Petersburg Times - 160 points
  3. The Virginian-Pilot - 160 points
  4. The San Francisco Chronicle - 150 points
  5. The Detroit Free Press - 140 points
  6. The Rocky Mountain News - 110 points
  7. The Daily Press - 60 points
  8. The Kansas City - 60 points
  9. The Spokesman - 60 points


Congratulations to all the teams in the top twelve and thanks to all who participated.