Monday, March 30, 2009

January clip contest results

Spot News
1st - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, "Arrest"
2nd - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, "Structure Fire"
3rd - Patricia Schaeffer, The (Lisbon) Morning Journal, "House Fire"
HM - Jeff Hinckley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Duplex Expolosion"

General News

1st - Scott Shaw, The Plain Dealer, "Saluting Obama"
2nd - Tracy Boulian, The Plain Dealer, "Obama Inaugrations"
3rd - Tracy Boulian, The Plain Dealer, "Police officer laid to rest"
HM - Barbara J. Pernic, Springfield News-Sun, "Trial"

1st - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch, "Doodle Dandy"
2nd - Phil Masturzo, Akron-Beacon Journal, "Love"
3rd - Kyle C. Lanzer, Sun Newspapers, "Asian Study"
HM - Shari Lewis, The Columbus Dispatch, "Sibling Rivalry"

Feature Single
1st - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch, "Hockey Goal"
2nd - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch, "Indoor Water Park"
3rd - Kyle C Lanzer, Sun Newspapers, "Strawberry Pinata"
HM - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch, "Frog Kiss"

1st - Barbara Perenic, Springfield News-Sun, "Wrestle Bite"
2nd - Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer, "Basketball celebration"
3rd - Chris Russell, The Columbus Distpatch, "Ohio State catch"

Feature Picture Story
1st - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Who will help"
2nd - Doral Chenoweth II, The Columbus Distpatch, "Morgue"
3rd - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch, "In good hands"

Point standings
1st - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch - 162
2nd - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun - 92
3rd - Barbara Perenic, Springfield News-Sun, 82
4th - Tracy Boulian, The Plain Dealer - 72
5th - Kyle Lanzer, Sun Newspapers - 62
6tth - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Disptch - 52
Scott Shaw, The Plain Dealer - 52
8th - Doral Chenoweth III, The Columbus Dispatch - 42
Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer - 42
Phil Masturzo, Akron Beacon Journal - 42
Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch - 42
12th - Patricia Schaeffer, The (Lisbon) Morning Journal - 32
13th - Jeff Hinckley, The Columbus Dispatch - 12
Shari Lewis, The Columbus Dispatch - 12
Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch - 12

Sunday, March 29, 2009

ONPA convention schedule set - still time to register

The schedule for this weekend's ONPA seminar at the Columbus Airport Marriott is now set for those of you who always ask, who is speaking when?

The program will open Friday evening at 7 pm with a lighting seminar by Larry Hamel-Lambert from Ohio University. There will also be portfolio reviews by the faculty in the hospitality suite.

Saturday's program begins at 9:30 am with an eye opener and welcome from Plain Dealer director of photography, Bill Gugliotta. That will be followed by a presentation by Regina McCombs from the Poynter Institute at 9:45 am. At 11 am still photographers will hear from Mona Reeder, senior staff photographer from The Dallas Morning News while television members are addressed by Shawn Montano from KWGN/KDVR, Denver.

Lunch will be on your own with a ONPA business meeting being held during the lunch break. The program will resume at 2 pm with presentations by Lynn Johnson, freelance photographer for still members and Jennifer Castor from KMGH-TV, Denver speaking to television members.

Awards will be presented after the speakers have concluded around 4 pm. For those staying for the evening, dinner is on your own. The hospitality suite will be open Saturday evening.

There is still time if you act quickly to save $10 in registration fees by getting your check in the mail today to Lisa Marie Miller. A registration form can be downloaded from the ONPA Web site.

A reminder that Midwest Camera Repair will be on site Saturday and will provide camera clean and checks for $10 per piece. The low cost is thanks to Canon and Nikon which have both donated to the cause.

Canon, Dodd Camera, Nikon and Roberts Distributors are sponsors of the event and will have representatives their as well.

Convention chairman Craig Holman always makes this event run smoothly. Join us as we take time to learn, salute our contest winners and mix in a little fun.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Ritter and Seavert Grand Award winners in National Headliners contest

The team of photographer Jeff Ritter and reporter Lindsey Seavert from WBNS-TV in Columbus were named Grand Award winners in the 75th annual National Headliner Awards, sponsored by The Press Club of Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday.

Their entry, "Lima Company: A Portrait of Service" was the first place winner in the feature, sports or human interest story category and was chosen as the Grand Award for Television entries from all categories. The Grand Award comes with a $1,500 prize.

The judges said the story depicted soldiers from one of the bloodiest battles of the Iraq War - immortalized on canvas. A moving story of the soldiers, their families, and the artist who preserved their legacy."

The story was selected as Best of Show in the annual ONPA Television Contest this year. It is a must see piece of work. A great story, great photography and great writing by Seavert.

In the Print Division for Daily Newspapers, Andrea Levy of The Plain Dealer placed first for illustrative graphics for the sixth consecutive year.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mystery Man

Today we take a break from the constant barrage of headlines about job losses and share a photo submitted by Tony Dejak of the Associated Press. 

Dejak came across the mysterious Michael Keating from the Cincinnati Enquirer at the Cincinnati Reds' spring training facility in Sarasota, FL. and couldn't resist.

What good is a "photo op" if you can't share it? 

The "bucket list" came to mind, but I'm sure everyone can write their own headline.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Medina & Elyria papers consolidate operations

We've been hearing bits of news lately that the operations at The (Medina County) Gazette and The (Elyria) Chronicle Telegram were being merged in some fashion. Now a report from the Ohio Media Watch blog spells out the details of the arrangement. It appears the non-news gathering  staff of the Medina operation have moved to Elyria. 

Chronicle-Telegram managing editor Julie Wallace responded to the report above on the Ohio Media Watch blog.

ONPA Web site gets another tweak

There were few updates in this space last week. Time was spent updating the ONPA Web site instead. While the appearance and organization of the site are apparent, coding issues underneath have also been addressed, which should make things a little more stable. 

The next step will be to put some polish on the home page itself. The first step in that direction is the addition of a news feed from the blog and NPPA which now resides in the right hand column. We've come a long way in six weeks learning on the fly.

A headline feed from NPPA has also been added to the left hand column of this blog as well, which should prove helpful for those days when I don't get a chance to mind the store here.

Four more Michigan papers to end daily print cycle

The Saginaw News, The Flint Journal, and The Bay City Times will no longer be on a daily print cycle and will publish only on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays as of June 1. All three publications are owned by Advance Publications, who is also closing the Ann Arbor News. The newspaper will be replaced by a new online company, which will publish a print edition on Thursday and Sunday.

This news follows an earlier announcement that the Detroit News and Free Press will end home-delivery of the print editions on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays beginning March 31.

Outside the state of Michigan, Advance Publications' Newhouse papers, which would include The Plain Dealer, have announced pay cuts and unpaid furloughs for non-union employees.

News story Ann Arbor News
News story E&P

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Remembering Marci Piltz

Marci Piltz, a (Ravenna) Record-Courier reporter, died tragically on Thursday afternoon March 19, 2009 following a house fire in Randolph, Ohio. 

Marci was a devoted mother, her boys, Alex and Zachery, meant everything to her. Marci was an honest and diligent co-worker, working along side her was always exciting. But to me, she was my friend. We shared memories, jokes, and secrets. We were there for each other through some tough times, and some good times. 

I remember the first time we hung out outside of work together at Dominic's Bar in downtown Kent, it was a wild time but I will let THAT story rest with Marci. 

For four years I have taken photos of her boys dressed up in costumes for our Halloween preview, ranging from little monsters to super heroes. I got to meet her father while sitting at an Applebee's in Cleveland, waiting for Paul Jones to arrive at the airport, both of our dad's are in Cleveland so we called them to meet us for lunch during our very long wait. 

More recently, I got to spend time with her and her youngest son Alex at his school where his kindergarten class was hatching Monarch butterflies. I have enjoyed being Marci's friend and getting to know her family. I know I speak for myself and the rest of the Record-Courier staff when I say that she will be sorely missed. I will never forget you.
Your friend,

Stephanie Krell.

News story

Judging begins today in NPPA's Best of Photojournalism contest

Judging in the Still Photography and Web categories of NPPA's 2009 Best Of Photojournalism competition will start Sunday at the contest's host site, The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, FL.

This year 3,700 journalists from 147 countries submitted 53,000 still images, video, and Web entries in the 2009 Best Of Photojournalism competition.

Winners of each day's categories will be announced daily on the NPPA Web site, and the BOP's Photojournalists of the Year and the winner of Cliff Edom's "New America Award" will be announced at the end of the week.

This year's judges for the 2009 Best Of Photojournalism still photography categories are Dudley Brooks, the photography director for Ebony/Jet Publishing; 2007 Pulitzer Prize-winner Renée C. Byer of the Sacramento Bee; Amsterdam-based photojournalist Peter Dejong of the Associated Press; California-based freelance sports photojournalist Donald Miralle; and Tim Rasmussen, the assistant managing editor of photography for The Denver Post.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer stops the presses

On the heels of the closing of the Rocky Mountain News the Seattle Post-Intelligencer has stopped the presses. As had been speculated the 146-year-old Seattle daily will now deliver the news online only, a move the entire industry will be watching closely.

The newsroom was told by Editor and Publisher Roger Oglesby Monday morning that Tuesday would be the final print edition. The 146-year-old newspaper's last front page was a full-page photo of the newspaper's trademark neon globe taken by Staff Photographer Mike Urban.

Now 20 of the 170 PI's journalists will remain to staff Bean counters across the country will be watching to see exactly how much revenue a news Web site can produce in  a major metropolitan area. Up till now it's all been a guessing game.  Full story

The news was not good at two McClatchy properties in the northwest on Monday. The News Tribune in Tacoma cut the staff by 30, and the Olympian cut 15. No word as of yet on the fate of former ONPA member Steven Herppich who worked at The Olympian.

Friday, March 13, 2009

No AP, No problem in Norwalk

Under the radar of recent headlines of large metro papers across the country giving Associated Press their two year cancellation notice, the Norwalk (OH) Reflector was ahead of the trend. They gave their notice two years ago and are three weeks into life without AP. While their needs in Norwalk are different than a large metro paper, other small and mid-size dailies will be sure to monitor the situation in Norwalk. The McClatchy-Tribune news service seems to be the benefactor in Norwalk's decision.

Full story

Layoffs looming once again at The Blade

The Newspaper Guild, representing newsroom employees at The (Toledo) Blade, will meet with company representatives today to explore layoff alternatives at the newspaper. The union was unsuccessful in obtaining buyouts in December when the newsroom was trimmed by 20 people. 

Content sharing comes to Columbus

Following Cleveland's lead three Columbus broadcast outlets have announced plans to pool coverage for planned news events. WCMH-TV, WXYX-TV and WTTE-TV are the stations involved in the sharing agreement.

Full story

Thursday, March 12, 2009

DeJong wins first in POYi feature picture story

Lisa DeJong of The Plain Dealer was a first place winner in the Feature Picture Story category of the Sixty-Sixth Annual Pictures of the Year International Competition. DeJong’s story, “Survivor’s Journey” won the James R. Gordon Ohio Understanding Award in the ONPA contest this year as well.

Emilio Morenatti of the Associated Press was named Photographer of the Year in the Missouri School of Journalism sponsored competition. David Guttenfelder of the Associated Press placed second and Andrea Bruce of The Washington Post placed third.

There were several other winners in the contest with Ohio ties. Former ONPA Student POY Katie Falkenberg placed first in the General Election category, second in Portrait and second in Campaign 2008 Picture Story.

Former ONPA member Matt Detrich won an award of excellence in the Olympic Action category and Ohio University student Matt Eich won the Community Awareness Award for his entry, “Carry Me Ohio” which looked at poverty in Southeastern Ohio.

Winners gallery

Bradford wins 4th straight quarterly television clip title

David Bradford from WJW-TV in Cleveland has won his fourth consecutive ONPA Quarterly Clip Contest Photographer of the Year title. Bradford finished in the top spot with 71 points. Jeff Ritter of WBNS-TV in Columbus, who won the year-end POY title finished second with 56 points. Placing third was Bill Muhammed of WJW with 46 points.

Contest results and final top ten standings are posted on the ONPA Web site.

Convention hotel registration deadline approaching

The final piece of the seminar puzzle is in place with the addition of Jennifer Castor, a backpack journalist from KMGH-TV in Denver, to the list of presenters for the annual ONPA seminar April 3 - 4 at the Columbus Airport Marriott.

She will be joined on the program by, Regina McCombs, Mona Reeder, Larry Hamel-Lambert, Lynn Johnson and Shawn Montano. Complete speaker profiles and convention information are available on the ONPA Web site.

Those who need lodging are reminded that the cutoff date to receive the discounted ONPA room rate of $109 at the Columbus Airport Marriott is this Friday, March 13, so don't delay in making your room reservation.

While your at it download a registration form and save $10 and send it along with your fees to registration chair Lisa Marie Miller at The Columbus Dispatch, 34 S Third St, Columbus, OH 43215

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

ONPA TV year-end winners now online

ONPA Television Contest Chairman David Bradford has now posted the winners from this years contest online. Click here to view. You can also post comments on the site. Kudos to Bradford on getting the winners online quickly.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Plain Dealer on the list of ten to go online only or close

Citing its location in one of the weakest markets in the country, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer was included in a list of the 10 major daily papers that are most likely to fold or shutter their print operations and only publish online by the end of next year in a Time magazine story.

While the digital switch might happen to properties in the very near future I have a hard time believing The Plain Dealer will be among them as the story suggests. Almost all of the other properties on the list face direct competition which is not the case in Cleveland. Inclusion on the list also factors the health of the parent company, in the PD's case is Advance Publications.

Plain Dealer publisher Terrance Egger, quoted in a PD story says the report is baseless. Egger said that newspapers are having financial difficulties, but The Plain Dealer made money in 2008. Though it laid off a significant number of employees late last year, Egger said the paper budgeted to make money in 2009.

Many obervers believe today could be the last day for the print operation at the Seattle Post Intelligencer. The speculation is spelled out in a story on

McClatchy has said it will reduce its workforce by 15% as part of its restructuring plan. In people terms, thats about 1600 full time jobs. And to think we here in Akron were disappointed when McClatchy sold us off shortly after acquiring us from Knight-Ridder. All of the former Knight-Ridder properties seem to be in the same boat. Although many are profitable they are saddled with enormous debt from owners who overpaid for them, and yes that includes the Beacon Journal.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Jeff Ritter is ONPA Television Photographer of the Year

The results are not all in yet, but the contest for ONPA Television Photographer of the Year is over and has been won by Jeff Ritter from WBNS-TV in Columbus. The sports feature category remains to be judged, but due to the entries in that category the top three places in the POY competition won't be affected by those results. The results of the sports feature category will be posted as soon as they become available.

Ritter received first place in Feature & News Feature and won Best of Show with his story "Lima Company - A portrait of service" a story well deserving of the award. Placing second in the POY competition is Eric Frisbee from WHIO-TV in Dayton who placed first in General News. Third place POY went to David Bradford of WJW-TV in Cleveland. Bradford, who has won the POY title the last three years, placed first in Deadline Photography.

Consistency was the key in the POY competition as the top three photographers all placed with four of their five category entries and all three placed in the top three in last year's competition.

The ONPA Station of the Year award goes to WBNS-TV in Columbus. WJW-TV in Cleveland placed second and WHIO-TV in Dayton placed third.

Contest chairman David Bradford reports that this years entries were all very good and the competition very close. Critiques and comments sheets will be available at the seminar in Columbus. The winners should be available for viewing on the ONPA Web site by Wednesday according to Bradford.

This was Bradford's last year running the POY contest as he will now take over the quarterly clip contest and entries should be directed to him and not Bill Reagan. Contest rules are available on the ONPA Web site by clicking on the ONPA Directory link on the home page. 
A direct link to the rules

Bradford will be posting all winning entries in the quarterly contest online so people can see the competition. The first quarter deadline is April 15th.

2008 ONPA Television POY Contest Results

Friday, March 6, 2009

Remembering Paul R. Schell

It is with much sadness I share the news of the passing of ONPA Life Member Paul R. Schell who died Monday evening at the age of 86. Schell retired from The (Youngstown) Vindicator in 1985 after working there for 29 years.

With the passing of time there are probably many ONPA members who have no knowledge of who this gentleman is, but enjoy the fruits of his labor every day. Over the years Schell served ONPA as vice president, president and chairman of the board when that position was created and is a Robert S. Carson Award recipient for his many contributions to photojournalism.

Paul was the last of the “old guard” Vindicator photographers and set the bar quite high for those who followed. I know this first hand as I was the one hired to fill the open position when Paul retired.

Those who worked with him in Youngstown said he had no equal when it came to darkroom skills. His prints were meticulous. If you pulled something from the archive you could tell if it was a Schell print before turning it over. In an ONPA newsletter column he took other members to task for not putting forth their best effort in the darkroom when entering the year-end contest. He truly practiced what he preached.

While we shared a similar work history, we didn’t share wardrobes. I don’t think I ever saw Paul on the job without a coat and tie and that includes freelance work after he retired from the paper. Even in the hospitality suite at an ONPA convention Paul was in uniform.

Perhaps that came from being a Marine. Paul served in Word War II with the U.S. Marine Corp. as an aerial photographer with the No. 423 Squadron in the South Pacific. Paul was active in several veteran organizations and would hand deliver their news to the newspaper after he retired.

Paul worked in Youngstown at a time that it was very unsafe for people in some circles to start their cars and was there to chronicle the end of the steel industry in the Mahoning Valley. It was a loss that the area never recovered from.

Shortly after starting in Youngstown I had, (how should I put this? – a slight disagreement with news editor Will Kennedy over the cropping of a photo). I didn’t get more than a sentence or two out when Kennedy said, “Oh no, not another Schell.” Over the years I always wore that as a personal badge of honor.

Paul left the paper in 1985 but he never retired. He worked for the Youngstown Business Journal, Youngstown Playhouse, and the Diocese of Youngstown and was always seen with a camera at any gathering of local veterans.

He was always quite happy with his timing of leaving the daily grind of the newspaper and had no regrets. Our paths would cross on assignment and Paul was always amazed at the technology changes in the business, but would tell you he was still quite happy in the darkroom.

ONPA was a growing organization during Paul’s time in office. His newsletter columns would frequently boast the fact the Ohio was the largest NPPA chapter and he would provide the numbers to back up his claims. There weren’t many columns that didn’t also remind members to sign up that fellow shooting beside you and that you should be giving back to your profession in some way.

ONPA wasn’t always ONPA. The organization began as the Ohio Press Photographer’s Association and it was during Paul’s tenure in office that the organization took on a new name which was quite a controversy at the time.

Paul was a staple at ONPA conventions even after he retired, many of those with his wife of 50 years Evelyn by his side. He wasn’t one to sit on the sidelines either. As ONPA marked its 50th anniversary in 2001 at Lake Atwood Paul was one of the first people to arrive and see if we needed any help in setting up.

I’ve come to this point and I’ve never said that Paul Schell was an award-winning photographer. I was going to leave that to the writers at The Vindicator, but Paul’s passing was marked by only a paid obituary in the paper. It truly is a shame, but not unexpected as it is a newspaper that always looked upon employees as liabilities not assets.

There are many in our profession who are award-winning photographers, but Paul Schell was so much more than that. I could never be a Paul Schell, but I’m proud to have walked in his footsteps.

Happy hunting old buddy.

Rest in Peace


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Prep sports going to court in Wisconsin

This issue of who owns the rights to visual depictions from high school sporting events has reared its ugly head again. This is round two for the issue in Wisconsin and it pits the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) against Gannett, publisher of the Post-Crescent in Appleton, Wisconsin. 

The battle was waged recently in Illinois with the parties agreeing to a settlement, which was followed up by the state legislature there passing a law giving the media access to high school sporting events. 

Stay tuned while the lawyers make money.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Pro Football Hall of Fame entries due

The deadline for submissions to the 41st Annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Photo Contest sponsored by Canon is April 6th. For complete rules and instructions on how to upload your photos use this link.

Even if you're not interested in entering, the contest page has links to last year's winners if you want to look at some nice images.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Dispatch to layoff 45 from newsroom April 3

The Columbus Dispatch is one of the few Ohio newspapers that haven't had to resort to layoffs to offset falling revenues, but that is about to change. According to a story on the newspaper's Web site 45 newsroom staffers are facing layoffs effective April 3.

In 2007 the newspaper offered early retirement packages to employees to trim the payroll. That option was not mentioned as a possibility in today's story.

WJW's Rafferty wins Best of Photojournalism editing honors

Matthew Rafferty of WJW-TV in Cleveland won two third place awards for his work in NPPA's Best of Photojournalism 2009: Video News Editing contest. Rafferty won for work in the News Feature (Editors) category and in the Editors Effects category. Co-worker David Bradford was a finalist in Photo Essay (Photographers) category.

Darren Durlach of WBFF-TV in Baltimore, MD, is the new Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year, and Greg T. Johnson of WFAA-TV in Dallas, TX, is the new Video Editor of the Year.

NPPA story
Complete results

Matt Eich of OU named SportsShooter Student POY

Matt Eich, a student from Ohio University, has been selected as the 2008 Student Photographer of the Year by a panel of judges gathered together at the Adorama Camera Building in New York City, Thursday, February 26, 2009.

Eich was the 2007 winner of the Larry Fullerton Photojournalism Scholarship offered by the Dayton Foundation through ONPA.

Full story

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Speakers set for 2009 ONPA Convention

There is a little something for everyone with the mix of speakers assembled by Plain Dealer, director of photography Bill Gugliotta for the 2009 OPNA convention  April 3 - 4 at the Columbus Airport Marriott.

Events will kick-off Friday evening with a lighting seminar by Ohio University associate professor Larry Hamel-Lambert. Saturday attendees will here from Regina McCombs who brings a wealth of multimedia and video experience from her work at KARE-TV and the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. Joining her Saturday will be Mona Reeder from The Dallas Morning News and Shawn Montano a former NPPA Video Editor of the Year now working in Denver at the new KWGN/KDVR joint operating venture. We are waiting for confirmation for an additional speaker for the program and will share that bit of news as soon as possible.

The cutoff date to receive discounted room rates of $109 at the Columbus Airport Marriott is Friday, March 13. Don't delay and get shut out of the discount. This is near the airport so there are plenty of lodging options should you procrastinate.

Convention fees have been reduced across the board this year to make this event as affordable as possible. The rates for ONPA members are $20, non-members $40 and students $10. There is an additional $10 fee if you register at the door, so save yourself $10 and download the registration form and get your check in the mail to Lisa Marie Miller at The Columbus Dispatch.

Awards from the year-end still and video contests will be presented during the day on Saturday. The annual business meeting will be held at the conclusion of the seminar on Saturday afternoon. Lunch is on your own. There will be a hospitality suite open both Friday and Saturday at the the conclusion of the day's events.

Midwest Camera Repair will have have their technicians on site to perform clean & checks for $10 per piece, which is worth the price of admission alone. Canon, Nikon and Roberts Distributors will also have representatives displaying their latest offerings.

A link for hotel directions and registration information with complete speaker bios