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NPPA Photojournalism Summit Florida

Is anyone going to this this year? And if anyone has been before, is it usefull? Is the awards ceremony fun? I’m looking for an excuse to go to America and knock on some doors.


by John Perkins at 2006-04-23 12:33:40 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) London , United Kingdom | Bookmark | | Report spam→

OK, looks like I’ll be giving the aligator wrestlin’ a miss this year then.

by John Perkins | 25 Apr 2006 04:04 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→

Though I’ve never been, I’m going to be speaking at this year’s conference, and hope it will be great. The speaker list is quite diverse including some well known photogs and others with a clear vision of the future. Please come and support me…I’m admitedly a bit nervous. Just got my flight and will be working on the speech over the next month. Hope you’ll be there! Should be a great place and time for you to go door knockin’ as you say. Let me know if you think you’ll be going.
-Josh Meltzer

by Josh Meltzer | 25 Apr 2006 15:04 | Roanoke, VA, United States | | Report spam→
Do you have a speaker list? I’m torn between Florida and the NPPA with a stop off in NYC, and Toronto for a gallery opening followed by NYC. I get kind of nervy going half way across the globe for something I’m not 100% sure about, and I have friends in Toronto I haven’t seen in years. I’ll probly make Perpignian this year, which is a huge industry gathering, not sure if I need 2 of those in a year. Will let you know what I decide anyway, and good luck with the speech!

by John Perkins | 25 Apr 2006 18:04 | London, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Here’s the email invitation from NPPA for the Summit this June…

Come Help the NPPA Celebrate 60 years!

June 23-24, Tampa, Florida, Grand Hyatt Resort

“Celebrate our Past, Move towards the Future” is the theme for the NPPA’s 60th anniversary. “The Photojournalism Summit,” will feature an extraordinary educational program as well as family activities, 60th anniversary events, and more.

Some Highlights:

-NPPA “Shootout”
This first-ever shootout will pit photojournalists against each other to see who can create the most inspiring images. Be a part of this history-making contest.

-NPPA life member reunion
Life Member Joe Young is planning a Life member Luncheon. This is a great opportunity for life members to get together and reminisce about the “good ol’ days.” Bring your flash bulbs!

-Speaking of the old days
Take a trip down memory lane with Joe Young, as he shows off some great old equipment, including his now-famous flash powder demonstration.

-Honors and Recognition Dinner
Award winners from the TV and still BOP contests; the TV and still Regional Photographers-of-the-Year, and all the service awards (including the prestigious Sprague Award) will be honored at this special NPPA 60th Anniversary Banquet.

-TV and Still portfolio critiques
Get advice from the best

-What will the Future of photojournalism be?
Kenny Irby, from the Poynter Institute will moderate a roundtable discussion on photojournalism’s future and the hot-button issues that are affecting photojournalists.

The Still program:

(Stay tuned for more updates)
Shooting video for the web
More and more still photographers are crossing platforms as their papers require video for their websites. Learn video storytelling 101…geared for the still photojournalist.

“Richard Koci-Hernandez, San Jose Mercury News. Koci-Hernandez made the switch from newspaper still shooter to full-time web-based videographer after making the switch from still shooter. He will lead a workshop on embracing the change, what to expect, and the new tools for the job.

Location Lighting
Joe McNally, National Geographic. The master of lighting leads a workshop on location lighting. Also, McNally will give a presentation on his style and how it has been influenced by living in New York City.

Shooting around the World
Christopher Morris, VII photo agency. Morris has gone around the world and back covering major stories for the world’s biggest news magazines. He is now on assignment in Washington D.C.

Josh Meltzer, Roanoke Times. Meltzer is the “Best of Photojournalism 2006 Photographer of the Year” for small markets. Meltzer will talk about making local stories from global issues, shooting in your own backyard, and the staff success at the Roanoke Times.

“Flash Studio”
Mindy McAdams, University of Florida. McAdams wrote the book, “Flash Journalism,” and will teach classes on beginning and intermediate Flash Studio.

Avoiding Burnout
Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune. Strazzante will talk about how he keeps his photography fun and fresh, including his recent coverage of the Winter Olympics and his daily photo blog.

Following up on Katrina
Ted Jackson, New Orleans Times-Picayune.
As floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina inundated his hometown, Jackson and fellow staffers continued working through the worst natural disaster in U.S. history. Jackson had to decide quickly when to shoot and whom to rescue; where to sleep and where to find food; whom to trust and how to commandeer. Jackson has covered hurricanes and natural disasters for more than 20 years, but he quickly learned how journalism is altered when tragedy hits home.

Clem Spalding, President of ASMP. Spalding will talk about issues facing photographers and the publication industry, including developments from the Coalition on Orphan Works.

Does your website lack Pizzazz?
Tim Price, TBO.com, will lead a class on effective website design.

Freelance/Best Practices
Greg Smith, mediaSmith. Smith, independent photographer and writer, chairman of NPPA’s Business Practices Committee, and recently re-elected board member of ASMP/South Carolina, will present a seminar and lead a discussion about costs, value of and best practices for independent photojournalism. This session is for all: students, beginning freelancers, grizzled veterans, staff shooter, and the editors and managers who need them all.

Blogging as a photojournalist
Melina Mara, The Washington Post. Mara will lead a workshop on her weekly political photo blog, from photographing and gathering audio, to editing and producing the web product. She will also talk about her strategy to keep the blog fresh and new week after week.

TV Program:
(Stay tuned for more updates)
Award winners: (Presentations from the following)
Stan Heist, WBFF, Baltimore, Ernie Crisp Television Photographer-of-the-Year
Jason Hanson, KSTP, Minneapolis, TV Editor-of-the-Year
Scott Jensen, KTUU, Anchorage, Small Market Station-of-the-Year, Brad Ingram, WGHP, Medium market Station-of-the-year
Gary Knox, KARE Large Market Station-of-the-year presentation
Regional photographers-of-the year

The future of TV news
Lane Michaelsen, Gannett corporate news executive,
-discussing where the industry is headed and new technology, including one-man bands (video-journalists, backpack journalists)

Al Tompkins, Poynter Institute
Al Tompkins, broadcast and online group leader at the Poynter Institute will present 3 sessions These sessions are also ideal for television reporters and other newsroom staff:

discussing major ethical issues we face as photojournalists everyday.

-Writing for photojournalists,
Photojournalists are doing more writing now. Al will give great tips on how to successfully marry the video with the words.

-Using the web as a resource for news stories
The internet is a great tool for finding information on the web. Al will show how to quickly find this information with a few clicks of the mouse.

Daily News
Scott Hedeen, WXIA, Atlanta
Tired of that “2 pack a day habit?”
Hedeen will talk about quick turns, doing stories on tight deadlines and still putting quality stories on the air.

Teamwork session
David Carter, award-winning photojournalist from WFAA Dallas will be coming with Brad Hawkins, a WFAA reporter to present a team storytelling session.

Non-Linear editing
An AVID trainer will present a session on shortcuts, tips, and tricks for the AVID Newscutter. See the latest technology from AVID in action in the hands-on demo.

Hurricane Katrina aftermath
Steve Hooker, former Chief Photographer, WDSU in New Orleans, covered the aftermath of Katrina and has now moved on to WIS, Columbia, South Carolina. He will share his experiences of how he covered the aftermath as well as how he the hurricane affected him and his family.

Lighting for TV
Hooker will also present his famous lighting demonstration with great tips to improve your lighting skills when you’re on a deadline.

Former Ernie Crisp Winners
Past “Ernie Crisp TV Photographers-of-the-Year” will be invited to a special session that will show stories from their award-winning tape…a way to look back to the past and see how TV news has evolved.

Other Highlights:

Vendor Room
We are currently lining up a great group of vendors to show off the latest and greatest gear for all photojournalists.

Bring the Family!
We have a block of discounted rooms and we are working on special opportunities for families, including discounted theme park tickets. The Grand Hyatt Hotel is a great facility right on the bay with two pools, a whirlpool, and children’s activities during the summer. There are sports venues nearby as well as golf courses, tennis courts, and Wildlife Estuary. Check it out here: <http://grandtampabay.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp>

We will offer babysitting for families who want to attend the awards dinner without the kids!

We are planning many other surprises for the NPPA’s 60th anniversary Stay tuned to the website or click here for more info:


You can also register online at <www.nppa.org/professional_development/workshops_and_seminars/photojournalism_summit/2006/registration.cfm>

by Josh Meltzer | 25 Apr 2006 21:04 | Roanoke, VA, United States | | Report spam→

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