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Tim Broekema

Profession: photoj / new media / educ
Location: Bowling Green, Ky , United States
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Work phone 270.745.3005
Last login: almost 8 years ago
Member since: 30 Jun 2005 13:06


Broekema Bio  2005

Tim Broekema is an assistant professor of Photojournalism / New Media at Western Kentucky University located in Bowling Green, a town in South Central Kentucky which is trapped in a bizzarre land of being too small to be considered a city and too large to be considered a small town.

Broekema’s career started in 1984 when he left his hometown of Kalamazoo, Mich. and by chance took a photography class at Western Kentucky. He continued to develop a passion for photojournalism and eventually landed a part-time picture editing job for the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper. He then moved on to the Providence Journal where he worked as a sports and business page picture editor and designer. Then, just as Michael Jordan was becoming a household name, Broekema was called up to the Chicago Tribune where he worked as sports picture editor for 8 years. Once Jordan retired (for a second time) Broekema decided it was time to go home and convinced his childhood hometown newspaper to hire him as a Director of Photography. He worked there as a manager for nearly four years before realizing that you never really can go home again so he went for the next best thing and became a professor of photojournalism at the same school that introduced photography to him twenty years earlier.

Broekema has had his hand in multiple awards including a team Pulitzer Prize and seven Photographer of the Year International recognitions in picture editing, shooting and new media categories. He was also a member of the Chicago Tribune design team when the Society of News Design called the newspaper the Best Designed in the world. Western Kentucky has won the coveted Hearst Photojournalism competition 15 times, the contest started 17 years ago. Students of his have also won, or placed, in multiple awards including College Photographer of the Year and individual Hearst awards. In addition, since 1999, former Western photo students have been involved in the Breaking News or Feature Photography categories of the Pulitzer Prize six times.


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