Author Mark E. Johnson

Billy Weeks on Gordon Parks

Next Tuesday, February 16, my dear friend, mentor and guide Billy Weeks will be here on campus to talk about Gordon Parks. Parks was the first African American photographer on the staff of Life magazine and his work has resonated for generations. Weeks is a two-time Gordon Parks International Photography award winner.

This 2:30 p.m. event at UGA’s Special Collections Library is not to be missed.

How to Get Found

Photo District News has a collection of short interviews with photo editors talking about how they find photographers. Some good advice in these.

Cover Letter Don’ts

My friends down at the Poynter Institute just read 160 applications and decided to share what no one should do in those packages. As my kids go through the internship application process, this is required reading.

I do kind of wish is was a snarkier piece, though … I’ve sat through meetings at Poynter, there are some snarky folks there …

NPPA Seeks New Executive Director

Want to help lead the largest association for photojournalists out there? To be the voice of visual journalists? Have a lot of management experience? Or do you know someone who fits that description?

The National Press Photographers Association is looking for a new executive director. Come work here on the UGA for a great association (that is independent of the university). The NPPA relocated to my college last year, so you get to hang out with me.

Or not, depending on how you think about that …

NPPA Elects New Officers

Congratulations to Melissa Little, Michael Kind and Seth Gitner who were elected to the offices of president, vice president and secretary (respectively) during this weekend’s National Press Photographers Association’s annual board meeting here in Athens.

Some other news in there you may be interested in.

This Week in Athens: First Amendment Issues, Copyright Registrations Workshop

Big things happening this week …

Friday, January 22: First Amendment Issues in Public Spaces – This event is jointly hosted by Grady College and the National Press Photographers Association with generous support from the Sinclair Broadcast Group and will feature multiple panels and discussions prompted by the events at the University of Missouri in November. Panelists will include the two student journalists who were harassed while trying to cover an event on the public quad of a public university. Registration is free and includes lunch, but time is running short to register.

Sunday, January 24: Copyright Registration Workshop – One of the leading experts on how to efficiently register your works with the Copyright Office will lead a hands-on workshop. You’ll learn how to prepare your images, fill out all the online forms and make your deposit with the Copyright Office to ensure you have the full protection of federal law. This event is free for NPPA members, $25 for non-members – please register online.

Both of these events will be at the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication in Athens, see the above links for more information.

Alexia Foundation Call for Entries

The Alexia Foundation grant application window is now open. Professional grants proposals are due by 2 p.m. on January 31, 2016, and student proposals are due by 2 p.m. on March 3, 2016 (which is a lot later than they used to be).

he awards have changed over the years …

The Professional Grant winner will receive $20,000 to help produce his or her proposed project. The Student Winner will receive funding for a semester at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, a $1,000 cash grant to help produce the proposed body of work, and $500 will be awarded to that student’s academic department. A student award will also be given to the Second Place Winner. The judges will determine the number of Award of Excellence Winners there will be.

Start your keyboards … this is an awesome grant and an awesome foundation. (And, yes, I’ve done work for them.)

EDIT: I had the professional entry deadline off by a digit, it’s January 31, not 21. Corrected above.

Two Views Talk

File this under local events to Athens … my dear friend Billy Weeks will be doing a talk on Tuesday, February 16, about Gordon Parks at our Special Collections library.

Why be there? It’s Gordon Parks, what other reason would you need? The only better reason is because it’s Billy Weeks a two-time winner of the Gordon Parks International Photography award.

Get this on your calendar now.

Student Photojournalism Competitions

Tis the season to be judged …

The National Press Photographer Association’s Northern Short Course contest has a quick deadline – January 15.

The White House News Photographers Association’s Eyes of History contest is now open, February 1 deadline.

The Last Peels

Elsa Dorfman is retiring after shooting with the same oversized Polaroid camera for 30 years.