2014 National Press Photographers Association Advanced StoryTelling Workshop

Texas State is once again hosting the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) StoryTelling Workshop. This year, it will be held from April 6-11. This will be the 6th year Texas State will be hosting this workshop.

The National Press Photographers Association is a 10,000 plus member organization dedicated to the advancement of photojournalism, its creation, editing and distribution in all news media. Their members include still and television photographers, editors, students and representatives of businesses that serve the photojournalism industry.The workshop is being supported in part by Time Warner Cable News Austin through a donation of $5,000 to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

“The primary reason for holding the workshop at Texas State is to involve students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in workshop sessions with professional media students,” explained Dr David Nolan. “The week-long program brings together the top professionals in the television and newspaper industry from throughout the world. This year students are coming from as far away as Denmark and as close as Austin.”

The NPPA Workshop will be held at Texas State for the 6th time this year from April 6-11

The NPPA Workshop will be held at Texas State for the 6th time this year from April 6-11

This year’s speakers are as follows ;

2014 NPPA Advanced Storytelling Workshop Faculty

Steve Sweitzer has over thirty years of broadcast TV news experience; shooting, writing, editing, field producing and operations management. Among his numerous awards, he has been Indiana News Photographer of the Year and taken a first place in the Associated Press reporting category. He is the owner of Sweitzer Productions, a multimedia services company. For fourteen years Steve taught a variety of courses for the Journalism Department at Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI) where he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; the school highest honor for a part-time faculty member. He is a past president of the National Press Photographers Association and has received their Sprague Award, their highest honor for his achievements and contributions to the field of photojournalism. Steve helped create this workshop and is its chair. He also chaired the Airborne TV Seminar and, with the assistance of the Poynter Institute, he created the Virtual Video Workshop.

Boyd Huppert recently marked his 27th year as a reporter, including 15 years at KARE-TV in Minneapolis.   During that time Boyd has become widely known for his work as a storyteller and teacher. Boyd has presented more than 100 storytelling sessions – many with KARE photojournalist Jonathan Malat – at venues including Poynter Institute, National Writers Workshop, Danish Broadcasting, TV New Zealand and NRK in Oslo, Norway.  He’s been part of the faculty at NPPA’s Advanced Storytelling Workshop for more than a decade. Boyd grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin.  Prior to his arrival at KARE, he spent time at WSAW-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin, KETV in Omaha and WITI-TV in Milwaukee.   Boyd and his wife Sheri have two sons, Sam and Matt, in college. Boyd’s work has earned some of broadcast journalism’s top honors, including a national Emmy for feature reporting, the National Headliner Grand Award, three national Sigma Delta Chi awards and eight National Edward R. Murrow Awards. Boyd is also a five-time recipient of the NPPA’s Photojournalism Award for Reporting.

John Goheen has covered virtually every type of natural disaster to include a deadly tsunami, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tornados and more. He has covered many major national and international stories often working alone in harsh and high-risk environments. These assignments have garnered him countless accolades to include being named the National Press Photographer of the Year 3 consecutive times. Goheen is well known for his unique style of storytelling…merging great images with great sound…no matter the topic. His work has served as an example to many current day one-man-bands as a model of how to work alone to achieve success while presenting powerful and engaging stories. Today Goheen splits his time between freelancing and teaching. In 2010, he became a full-time faculty member of Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication where he teaches video production and documentary filmmaking.

Scott Rensberger has been in the TV news business for more than 25 years and has done just about everything. From the beginning, he has been a one-man-band. Rensberger has worked extensively throughout Europe and has produced stories in all 50 US states, all 10 Canadian provinces and every corner of Mexico. His work as aired from Denmark to Australia to Japan. From Spain to Norway to Seattle. The BBC calls Scott Rensberger, “The best video journalist in the world.” Rensberger has won a National IRE for “Investigative Journalism” and has also been named “POY” by the National Press Photographers Association. On the side, Rensberger works as a consultant and has trained thousands of journalists in more than 30 countries.

Jonathon Malat is a general assignment photojournalist at KARE-TV in Minneapolis/St. Paul. In 1998, The National Press Photographers Association awarded Jonathan the Ernie Crisp Award, recognizing him as the National Photographer of the Year. Malat has been honored with six Emmy awards and an Edward R. Murrow award. Recently Jonathan has been a speaker for the RTNDA, NATAS, SPJ, and NPPA. He has served on the faculty of the Poynter Institute and the NPPA Advanced Storytelling Workshop.

Joe Fryer officially joined NBC News as a Los Angeles-based correspondent in October 2013. Prior to that, he spent a couple months filling in for NBC, producing reports for Nightly News, the Today Show, MSNBC and NBCNews.com. While working for the network, Joe has covered Colorado’s deadly floods, Hannah Anderson’s kidnapping and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s resignation. Before joining NBC, Joe spent three years as a special projects reporter at KING 5 News in Seattle, where he covered some of the Northwest’s most important stories. In 2013, Joe won his second consecutive National Headliner Award for Feature Reporting. He was honored for “Ali’s Guiding Lights,” a story about extraordinary high school students who found a creative way to help their blind classmate achieve a seemingly impossible dream: driving a car. That story also earned the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Feature Reporting given by the Society of Professional Journalists, along with a Regional Emmy. In 2012, Joe won the National Headliner Award for “A Family’s Courage,” an in-depth story on the bond between a photographer and a family that lost their newborn baby. That story also received a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award and Regional Emmy for Feature Reporting. In all, Joe has received four national Edward R. Murrow Awards, including the prestigious Writing Murrow in 2006. His awards shelf also includes 11 Regional Murrows, 15 Regional Emmys, two National Headliner Awards and one Sigma Delta Chi Award.

Alexandra Garcia is a Senior Video Journalist at The New York Times, where she produces videos and interactive projects. Before coming to the Times in the fall of 2013, she worked at The Washington Post for nine years, where she reported, shot and edited video stories on topics ranging from health care and immigration to fashion and education. In 2012, she was awarded a Nieman fellowship at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, where she studied user experience design at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the business side of the publishing and film industries at the Harvard Business School and the future of television viewing habits at MIT. Awarded eleven regional Emmy Awards, two national Edward R. Murrow Awards and top honors in the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism contest, she was named 2010 “Video Editor of the Year” by the White House News Photographers’ Association.

Pat Holloway is an award winning photojournalist with WDAF-TV in Kansas City, Missouri.




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