Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Warriors Journey Home

Laura Fong Torchia, a senior visual journalism major at Kent State University has embarked on a three-week mission to chronicle the Warriors Journey Home ministry as they travel to Vietnam.

Five Vietnam veterans are included in the group as they take the opportunity to return to a land under very different conditions than they once encountered.

You can follow Torchia's trip on her website at http://www.lauratorchia.com/

The three-week mission will have it light moments. You can follow the adventures of Where's Flat Bob? by joining the group on Facebook.

Squillante, Humel named Ohio SPJ Best Photographers

Fred Squillante from The Columbus Dispatch and Chuck Humel from The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram were recognized as Best Photographers in the 14th annual Ohio SPJ Awards.

Squillante was the winner for newspapers over 100,000 circulation. Ed Suba Jr of the Akron Beacon Journal placed second. Humel was the winner for newspapers under 100,000 circulation.

Kent State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication was putting together and exhibit of Squillante's work from his 2009 ONPA Photographer of the Year portfolio when the SPJ award was announced. The exhibit has been expanded to include work from both competitions.

The show will be at the third floor exhibit space at Franklin Hall on campus. An opening reception is Friday, Oct 8 at 7 p.m. Squillante is a 1981 graduate of Kent Sate University.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Quarterly television contest is a toss up

After two quarters Billy Muhammed from WJW-TV in Cleveland is in first place with 2009 clip POY Steve Maguire from WBNS-TV in Columbus tailing by just one point on the ONPA Quarterly Television Clip Contest. Jeff Ritter from WBNS, the year-end POY for the past to years, is in third place just ten points back.

First and second quarter results are on the ONPA website

Jeff Ritter, WBNS-Tv, Columbs, Better Moove Out of the Way"
1st place Spot News -
2nd Quarter


Contest chairman David Bradford has all the winners online and can be viewed here.

Top Ten Standings
1st - Billy Muhammed, WJW-TV, Cleveland - 34pts
2nd - Steve Maguire, WBNS-TV, Columbus - 33pts
3rd - Jeff Ritter, WBNS-TV, Columbus - 24pts
4th - Scott Doelling, WBNS-TV, Columbus - 18pts
5th - Bill Reagan, WBNS-TV, Columbus - 15pts
6th - Mike Gravely, WBNS-TV, Columbus - 13pts
7th - Rich Yedlicka, WBNS-TV, Columbus - 11pts
8th - Dan Konik, WBNS-TV, Columbus - 9pts
9th - Brian Wicker, WBNS-TV, Columbus - 4pts
10th - Chris Reece, WJW-TV, Cleveland - 2pts

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Staff changes

With the economy being what is is, its been quite some time since we've reported on staff changes that weren't layoff related, but several have taken place recently.

ONPA's former webmaster Apryl Pilolli is once again working with a camera in her hand moving from the copy desk to the photo department at the Dayton Daily News.

Rob Hardin, transferred from the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum to the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette opening the way for Mike Levy to hop on-board at Gannett's paper in Bucyrus. Levy is a five-time ONPA Photographer of the Year.

The deck is also being shuffled in Ravenna at The Record Courier where photo editor Stephanie Krell opens a new chapter in her life as she walks down the aisle and away from the paper. Staff photographer Lisa Scalfaro takes over as photo editor and Timothy St. Hilaire returns to his position as staff photographer.

Dispatch dominating monthly clip contest

The ONPA Monthly Clip Contest results logjam has broken as we now have results for April and May. Positions at the top of the standings have scrambled since March, but no one new has cracked the top ten.

The contest is clearly being dominated by photographers at The Columbus Dispatch. who hold down seven of the top ten positions including leader Chris Russell, Neal C. Lauron in second place and Kyle Robertson in third place.

Might be time to gin up some interest in the monthly contest by adding points to the Staff of the Year award portion of the year-end contest for those who participate in the clip contest.

The results have been e-mailed to the winners and are posted on the ONPA website. Galleries will be posted as soon as photos are submitted.

Point Standings through May
1st - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch - 502
2nd - Neal C. Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch - 392
3rd - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch - 372
4th - Lisa Dejong, The Plain Dealer - 332
5th - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch - 302
Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun - 302
7th - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun - 282
Jonathan Quilter, The Columbus Dispatch - 282
9th - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch - 262
10th - Tom Dodge, The Columbus Dispatch - 172

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Former Topeka photographers surprise former DOP

Some may have worked for less than three years under Director of Photography, Rich Clarkson, but 35 former Topeka Capital-Journal photographers took time out to drop in on their former boss now living in Eugene, Oregon.

The reunion was the brainchild of Brian Lanker who along with Carl Davaz, deputy managing editor of The Register-Guard in Eugene, compiled a 250-page book of photographs taken by Clarkson and the reunion's attendees. The gallery is well worth your time.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Kodachrome: The Final Frames

Those who still talk about the good old days can all feel a little older now after reading about the last roll of Kodachrome which has now been processed. The images were taken by Steve McCurry in New york City and India. The final three frames were taken in Parsons, Kansas, home to Dwayne's Photo the last lab in the world to still able to process Kodachrome.

Full story

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Region 4 clip contest results

With four of the first six months judged we check in on the NPPA Region 4 Monthly Clip Contest results.

The usual suspects can be found among the winners in April. Barbara Perenic from the Springfield News-Sun placed first and second in Sports. Mike Ullery from the Piqua Daily Call placed first in Spot News with reigning Region 4 POY Marshall Gorby from Springfield placing second and third in the category.

Less than 90 points separate the top five photographers in the point standings with Ryan Garza from the Flint (MI) Journal in first place.

April Results

Spot News
1st - Mike Ullery, Piqua Daily Call, “Rescue”
2nd - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, “Fire Man”
3rd - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, “Lightning Fire”

General News
1st - Kendra Stanley-Mills, The Muskegon Chronicle, “Hearts broken”
2nd - Kendra Stanley-Mills, The Muskegon Chronicle, “Tax Day Tea Party”
3rd - Doug McSchooler, “Spreading Beauty”

Feature/Single Picture
1st - Dania Maxwell, Ohio University, “Jack Halbirt”
2nd - Aaron Borton, Freelance, “Balloon Glimmer”
3rd - Matt Detrich, The Indianapolis Star, “How Low Can You Go?”

Feature/Multiple Picture
1st - Kendra Stanley-Mills, The Muskegon Chronicle, “Shelter skelter”
2nd - Aaron Borton, Freelance, “Prom Proud”
3rd - Nick Dentamaro, The Jackson Citizen Patriot, “Kit Young Bulldogs”

Sports
1st - Barbara Perenic, Springfield News-Sun, “Safe at Third”
2nd - Barbara Perenic, Springfield News-Sun, “He "Nose" Tennis”
3rd - Ashley Conti, The Saginaw News, “High Jump”


Point standings through April
1st - Ryan Garza, The Flint Journal - 258
2nd - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun - 250
3rd - Kendra Stanley-Mills, The Muskegon Chronicle -230
4th - Matt Detrich, The Indianapolis Star - 220
5th - Barbara Perenic, Springfield News-Sun - 170
6th - Chet White, The News and Advance -146
7th - John Tully, Concord Monitor - 134
8th - Nathaniel Morgan, The Midland Daily News - 126
9th - Nick Dentamaro, The Jackson Citizen Patriot - 96
10th - Tracy Boulian, Tracy Boulian Photography - 92

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Designing the exit of LeBron James

With the LeBron James' free agent circus behind us the story about how the story was presented in Cleveland has now been shared by assistant managing editor David Kordalski in an interview by Charles Apple on Poynter Online.

The day after "the decision" front page presentation by The Plain Dealer has gotten rave reviews from the journalism community. It was a bitter pill to swallow for Cavaliers fans so I'm not sure if this front page will be one the local readers hold on to even though it conveyed the emptiness that most fans felt following the announcement that the "King" was taking his high flying act to South Beach.

Apple shared his views on how other Ohio newspapers played the story on his VisualEditors.com blog. Sister papers Medina and Elyria were well received by Apple, not so for Columbus and Akron. There are also pages from south Florida and the other cities in the LeBron sweepstakes.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Kent State to host David LaBelle's "Picture With Purpose" workshop

The Third Annual "Pictures With Purpose" storytelling workshop with Dave LaBelle will be at Kent State University, July 7-15. LaBelle bills this not as a "knock-you-down” boot camp where you will be bullied, embarrassed or intimidated, but a magical, life-changing experience.

The workshop is limited to ten participants so procrastination may leave you sitting on the outside.

For more information go to http://pictureswithpurpose.org

Thursday, May 27, 2010

ONPA March clip contest results

Fred Squillante from The Columbus Dispatch was the big winner in the March ONPA monthly clip contest. Squillante won first and second in the feature category and placed first in general news to pick up 142 points. Bill Lackey of the Springfield News-Sun also had three wins to put himself in fourth place just ahead of Squillante.

Chris Russell from The Columbus Dispatch placed first in illustration and maintains a slight lead over co-worker Kyle Robertson.

Complete results are on the ONPA website. The winning images will be posted as soon as they are received. The February gallery is now online.

Top Ten (unofficial standings)
1st - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch - 316
2nd - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch - 296
3rd - Neal C. Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch - 236
4th - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun - 196
5th - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun - 176
Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch - 176
7th - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch - 156
Phil Masturzo, Akron Beacon Journal - 156
8th - Lisa Dejong, The Plain Dealer - 146
9th - Jonathan Quilter, The Columbus Dispatch - 136
10th - Tom Dodge, The Columbus Dispatch - 84

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Have iPhone, will travel and shoot

Former ONPA member Scott MacDonald who worked at the Zanesville Times Recorder back at the turn of the century returned to the Buckeye state recently and captured some images for his cellphone camera journal. The images were the Sportshooter centerpiece on Wednesday.

MacDonald is currently working at The Salinas Californian.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Robles to compete in Hearst finals

ONPA's Student Photographer of the Year for the past two years, Diego James Robles from Ohio University is one of six students that will compete in the 50th annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program's National Photojournalism Championship. The six finalists will compete in New York City, June 8 - 12.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

ONPA February clip contest results

Photographers from The Columbus Dispatch hold down six of the top ten spots in the point standings after the first two months in the ONPA monthly clip contest. Dispatch photographers, Chris Russell, Kyle Robertson and Neal Lauron all had three wins in February each picking up 132 points.

Winners have been notified and a gallery will be posted as soon as the pictures have been submitted. Complete results are on the ONPA website under the clip contest tab.

Top Ten Standings
1st - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch - 234
2nd - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch - 214
3rd - Neal C. Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch - 184
4th - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch - 124
- Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun - 124
6th - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun - 114
7th - Lisa Dejong, The Plain Dealer - 94
8th - Tom Dodge, The Columbus Dispatch - 84
9th - Shari Lewis, The Columbus Dispatch - 74
Phil Masturzo, Akron Beacon Journal - 74

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

No charges to be filed against Lantern photographer

With stories circulating earlier this week about Lantern photographer Alex Kortran being on his own to defend himself while facing criminal trespass charges several journalists and organizations have offered support and donations.

Kortran will still obtain legal counsel despite the University's decision not to charge him.

Gorby's "secrets" revealed

ONPA clip contest chairman Neal Lauron from The Columbus Dispatch couldn't resist having some fun at Marshall Gorby's expense after Gorby won the clip contest POY title recently after finishing second in the standings on several occasions.

For those of you who did not attend the recent ONPA convention and seminar this is your chance to see Lauron's "undercover work" to reveal just how Gorby makes all those prize winning photos in Springfield.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Lantern photographer on his own for defense

Ohio State university student Alex Kortran appears to be on his own in defense of criminal trespass charges as a result of trying to photograph cows which were running loose on campus recently.

A story on the school newspaper website The Lantern says that it appears that neither the university or the student newspaper will provide an attorney for Kortran.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Chan, Joeright, Graham, Miller and Bullock best in AP contest

Newspapers in Columbus, Canton, Sandusky, Ashland and Washington Court House were named the best in the state Sunday in the annual Associated Press Society of Ohio newspaper competition. General Excellence awards for 2009 went to The Columbus Dispatch, The (Canton) Repository, the Sandusky Register, the Ashland Times-Gazette and the Washington Court House Record Herald.

Best Photographer awards went to Gus Chan of The Plain Dealer, Maribeth Joeright, of The (Willoughby) News-Herald, Nick Graham, of The Middletown Journal, James Miller, The Marion Star and Bryan Bullock, The Delaware Gazette.

Best Online Photojournalist awards went to Stacy Doose, The Cincinnati Enquirer, Michael Blair, The (Willoughby) News-Herald, Trevor Jones, Zanesville Times Recorder, Lindsay Niegelberg, Chillicothe Gazette, and Brandy Chandler, Hillsboro Times-Gazette.

Sixty-five daily newspapers submitted 2,794 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features, editorials, columns, graphics and photos from 2009

Entries were judged by editors from the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press, Division V; the Huntsville (Ala.) Times, Division IV; the Cecil Whig, Elkton, Md., Division III; The Daily Advance, Elizabeth City, N.C., and the Johnstown (Penn.) Tribune-Democrate, Division II; and the News and Messenger, Manassas, Va., Division I.

Complete results can be found on the ONPA website

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Lantern photographer facing trespass charges

Alex Kortran, photographer for the Ohio State University student newspaper The Lantern, was detained last week by campus police and is facing criminal trespass charges.

Kortran was attempting to make images of police and university workers corral two cows who were loose on campus. During the time Kortran was detained, police cornered and tranquilized one of he two animals.

Campus police say they are still investigating the incident.

Full story

Monday, April 26, 2010

Tweet me

Tweets are all the buzz these days and ONPA will now have a Twitter presence.

Thanks to the efforts of Malinda Hartong from the Cincinnati Enquirer you can now share your videos, galleries, links and thoughts to the ONPA community and our followers. For all you tweeters, you can either do an @OHNPA mention or DM. If your tweetless right now and don't have a twitter account send an email to
social@onpa.org and Malinda can tweet out your links.

Also send your twitter addresses to
social@onpa.org so we can post for #FollowFriday, etc.

Widgets will soon be added to the ONPA website and this blog for a direct link. This should prove to be quite popular. We already have 20 followers in a few short days since the account was set up without any promotion at all.

The next step in the process of reaching out is an ONPA Facebook page. Stephanie Krell from the Record Courier in Ravenna will be the administrator for that project. We will alert everyone as soon as that is up and running.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Convention wrap

In many walks of life continuing education sessions are looked upon as a necessary evil, in some cases even required. For visual journalists the seminars are a forum to learn and be inspired. Such was the case this past weekend for the annual ONPA convention and seminar at the Columbus Airport Marriott.

Speakers, Glenn and Malinda Hartong, Kathy Kieliszewski, Denny Simmons, Rob Sumner, Dave Delozier and Darren Durlach all showed that despite the times we work in the ability to deliver powerful story-telling visuals. There was something for everyone as the group included traditional still and video journalism as well as multimedia, solo video journalism and addressed the business side of going freelance.

This event has seen change in recent years with a shrinking and aging membership. There will be more change coming as the board decided at the annual business meeting that the still contest picture judging and the seminar will be combined next spring. This format has been used twice in the past, but met some reluctance in an era where a formal awards dinner was still in fashion. The cost of a hotel chicken dinner brought and end to the awards dinner so the combined event should be welcomed by the membership.

Most state organizations combine the events to avoid having to fly in judges for one event and speakers for another. The cost savings will be a plus for ONPA’s bottom line as well, and the driving force for change. There will be a change of venue for the program as well, with event sessions likely to be held at The Columbus Dispatch.

Convention chairman Craig Holman will look to see what downtown hotel options there are and to see how the cost compares to what the organization has been experiencing at the Airport Marriott. Kudos to Holman who always seems to make putting this event together look very easy. From one who has done it, I know its a lot of work.

Of course the most obvious change this year was Karl Kuntz taking over for me as chairman of the board. I would like to thank the board and membership for a memorable sendoff. A special thanks to Ed Suba, who with the help of my son Rob put together a humorous tribute.

As I told those in attendance I’ve always looked upon my work for ONPA as paying back a student loan. All of what I have done as a photojournalist would not have been possible without ONPA. From the membership, to speakers and judges I’ve learned from you all and am most appreciative.

Thanks to you all.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The State of Union on my way out the door

Well no one ever decided there should be term limits so I took it upon myself to implement my own after 12 years as chairman of the board. When former ONPA member Doug Oster talked me into this, oh those many years ago, I never thought I would change jobs and move twice before turning over the reins.

Those reins are now in the hands of Karl Kuntz from The Columbus Dispatch. Finances are tight so there will be no inaugural ball, but your welcome to share a beverage with him in the ONPA hospitality suite this weekend.

His job, as was mine, is to build upon the work of those who served before us. While we may be smaller in numbers today, that doesn’t mean we can’t be successful in our mission. This isn’t a job for Kuntz alone. He and the other officers will continue to need your support to continue to improve ONPA.

The number one priority going forward needs to be building a solid membership base. We need to worker harder to retain our members and be more proactive in seeking new members. We haven’t met often enough as a board the last few years to put a plan in place and that was the fault of mine. Not having enough time to devote to the position I felt it best to step aside.

Over the years we’ve gone in cycles with television membership. We are clearly in one of the down cycles now and it is an issue that needs some attention. There are entire stations in the Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati markets without an ONPA member working at them.

The apathy has filtered down to the television photographers who are members. While the majority of still photographers who are members enter the year-end and monthly clip contest, the same cannot be said on the television side. This isn’t going to be an easy fix.

I will be proposing several changes for the year-end still contest to the board at the business meeting. Overall entries were down for the second year in a row. The POY category being split into small and large market divisions was well received, but I think the time has come to merge the spot news category into one. Every year the judges question the split and when you look at the shrinking number of entries I think this move makes sense.

The other proposed changes involve sports categories. We need to look at the sports category descriptions to put more clarity on what is action and what is a feature and develop a sports portfolio category.

I’ll continue to administer the ONPA website, others will now be responsible for providing the content. I’d like to tell you I’ll now have lots of free time on my hands, but I think my wife has other plans for me. She is the one with a few IOUs to cash in. For me the time spent working for ONPA was a labor of love. She was the one who made the sacrifices.

Remember if you’ve got any complaints about the last 12 years, it’s all Oster’s fault.

Good luck Karl

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Marshall Gorby is NPPA Region 4 Photographer of the Year

Well I guess good things do come to all who wait, and wait, and wait.

When the waiting was all over Marshall Gorby of the Springfield News-Sun was the NPPA Region 4 Photographer of the Year for 2009.

Gorby, who has been in first place in Region 4 since June, has had to wait for results from the October judges who have just released the results.

Well he needn't bite his nails any longer.

Those October results were very kind to Gorby as he swept the Spot News category and threw in a second place General News win for good measure to win going away. He's had his share of second place finishes over the years, but made up for it in a big way by winning the ONPA Monthly Clip Contest POY title this year as well.

Gorby isn't the only one in Springfield who bought home the hardware in 2009. Co-worker Bill Lackey was the ONPA Small Market Photographer of the Year and Barbara Perenic finished eighth in the NPPA Region 4 standings.

I'd drive to Springfield to congratulate them all, but there are just too many car crashes down there. I'll meet you half way in Columbus this weekend gang.

October Results

Spot News
1st - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, “Home Destroyed”
2nd - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, “House Fire”
3rd - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, “Accident”

General News
1st - Cory Morse, The Muskegon Chronicle, “School cuts”
2nd - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, “Renovated Firehouse”
3rd - Ken Stevens, The Muskegon Chronicle, “In search of murder weapon”

Feature/Single Picture
1st - Kendra Stanley-Mills, The Muskegon Chronicle, “Fall fun”
2nd - Ken Stevens, The Muskegon Chronicle, “Judging the competition”
3rd - Cory Morse, The Muskegon Chronicle, “Foggy lake”


Feature/Multiple Picture
1st - Aaron Borton, “Komen Race”
2nd - Charlie Nye, The Indianapolis Star, “Church Celebrates 175 Years”
3rd - John Tully, Midland Daily News, “Friday Night Rivalry”

Sports
1st - Doug McSchooler, “Surprised Goal”
2nd - Kendra Stanley-Mills, The Muskegon Chronicle, “Leader of the Pack”
3rd - John Tully, Midland Daily News, “Woods Run”

Final Standings
1st - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun - 1044
2nd - Matt Detrich, The Indianapolis Star - 722
3rd - Ryan Garza, The Flint Journal - 682
4th - John Tully, Midland Daily News - 540
5th - Kendra Stanley-Mills, The Muskegon Chronicle - 524
6th - Cory Morse, The Muskegon Chronicle - 364
7th - Nathaniel Morgan, The Midland Daily News - 334
8th - Barbara Perenic, Springfield News-Sun - 332
9th - Charlie Nye, The Indianapolis Star - 304
10th - Sarah Wright, Chillicothe Gazette - 294

ONPA Seminar schedule set

The schedule is now set for the annual ONPA educational seminar this weekend at the Columbus Airport Marriott.

The program begins Friday evening at 7pm with a video workshop by Glenn and Malinda Hartong from the Cincinnati Enquirer. Their presentation will be most helpful for the still photographer who has had a video camera thrust into their hands. The pair will talk about what works and what doesn't. How still photographers can best attempt to do both at the same time and when they should not try. They have plenty of examples and will show how photographers can shoot and edit in the most efficient way.

On Saturday the program begins at 9 a.m. with NPPA 2009 Solo Video Journalist of the Year, Dave Delozier from KUSA-TV, Denver. Following Delozier will be Kathy Kieliszewski of the Detroit Free Press, She and her talented team of photographers and videographers have won four National Emmy Award awards at the Detroit Free Press.

After a break for lunch attendees will have their choice of hearing NPPA Television Photographer of the Year, Darren Durlach of WBFF-TV, Baltimore or Rob Sumner founding member and photographer at Red Box Pictures. The final speaker of the day will be former NPPA Photographer of the Year Denny Simmons from the Evansville Courier & Press.

Awards will be presented to winners from this years annual contest following the program around 4 p.m.

Their will be a Hospitality Suite open Friday and Saturday evening.

Those wishing to attend can register via the ONPA Website and save $10 by registering in advance. Registration fees have once again been waived for any journalist who has lost their job to staff cutbacks.

Its quite an impressive lineup and very affordable, even for students. We hope you'll join us in Columbus

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Time to register is now

You've put it off for weeks, but the time has now come to register for the ONPA convention this weekend at the Columbus Airport Marriott.

You can register online on the ONPA Website. Save yourself $10 and register in advance. It is a very simple process.

Seminar speakers include NPPA Television Photographer of the Year, Darren Durlach of WBFF-TV, Baltimore and Dave Delozier from KUSA-TV, Denver, the NPPA 2009 Solo Video Journalist of the Year and former NPPA POY Denny Simmons from the Evansville Courier & Press. Joining them will be Kathy Kieliszewski of the Detroit Free Press, and Rob Sumner founding member and photographer at Red Box Pictures.

I don't believe we've ever had three NPPA POYs together on one program before so this will be one seminar you won't want to miss.

We will also acknowledge our own ONPA award winners during the course of the day and break in new chairman of the board Karl Kuntz who takes over the helm during the annual business meeting on Saturday.

A time schedule will be posted soon so you will know who speaks where and when.

January clip contest results

Two first place wins put Chris Russell of The Columbus Dispatch at the top of the leader board in the ONPA Monthly Clip Contest.

There were quite a few other multiple winners in January. Kyle Robertson, Tom Dodge and Eric Albrecht, all co-workers of Russell were among them.

Complete results are on the ONPA Website.

Top 10 standings
1st - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch - 102
2nd - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch - 82
Tom Dodge, The Columbus Dispatch - 82
4th - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch - 72
5th - Patti Schaeffer, The Morning Journal - 62
Ed Suba Jr., Akron Beacon Journal - 62
Phil Masturzo, Akron Beacon Journal - 62
Lisa Dejong, The Plain Dealer - 62
9th - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun - 52
Tracy Boulian, The Plain Dealer - 52
Neal C. Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch - 52

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Gorby still in front in Region 4

The Springfield News-Sun's Marshall Gorby widened his lead over Matt Detrich in the NPPA Region 4 Monthly Clip Contest by sweeping the spot news category in December. Detrich who had two wins wins himself in December trails Gorby by 162 points.

The contest is not over yet as the October judges have not turned in results of their work yet. And I thought online judging was supposed to speed things up.


Region 4 December Results

Spot News
1st - Marshal Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, “Garage Fire”
2nd - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, “Firefighter”
3rd - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, “Road blocked”

General News
1st - John Tully, Midland Daily News, “School Closed”
2nd - Ryan Garza, The Flint Journal, “Devastated”
3rd- Ryan Garza, The Flint Journal, “Close call”

Feature Single
1st - Kendra Stanley-Mills, The Muskegon Chronicle, "Eiler Road”
2nd - Kendra Stanley-Mills, The Muskegon Chronicle, “Snow Day!”
3rd - Stephen Dennee, The Paducah Sun, “Here chicky”

Feature/Multiple
1st - John Tully, Midland Daily News, “With A Little Help”
2nd - Nathaniel Morgan, The Midland Daily News, “Doug Zumer”
3rd - Aaron Borton, “Arts and Crafts Bazaar”

Sports
1st - “State Track Fall”
Barbara Perenic, Springfield News-Sun,
2nd - Matt Detrich, The Indianapolis Star, “Louisville Losers”
3rd - Matt Detrich, The Indianapolis Star, “Spartan Spirit”

Illustration
1sat - Ryan Garza, The Flint Journal, “Stepping out of the dark for fall”
2nd - Ryan Garza, The Flint Journal, “Mathematician earns prize”
3rd - Kendra Stanley-Mills, The Muskegon Chronicle, “Deer Hunter”


Point standings (October results not included)
1st - Marshall Gorby/Springfield News-Sun - 884
2nd - Matt Detrich/The Indianapolis Star - 722
3rd - Ryan Garza/The Flint Journal - 682
4th - John Tully/Midland Daily News - 480
5th - Kendra Stanley-Mills/The Muskegon Chronicle - 434
6th - Nathaniel Morgan/The Midland Daily News - 334
7th - Barbara Perenic/Springfield News-Sun - 332
8th - Sarah Wright/Chillicothe Gazette - 294
9th - Cory Morse/The Muskegon Chronicle - 284
10th - Charlie Nye/The Indianapolis Star - 264

Friday, March 19, 2010

Two NPPA Televison POYs added to ONPA seminar faculty

The final speakers for this year's ONPA education seminar are now in place with the addition of NPPA Television Photographer of the Year, Darren Durlach of WBFF-TV, Baltimore and Dave Delozier from KUSA-TV, Denver, the NPPA 2009 Solo Video Journalist of the Year.

This brings the two best video journalists in the country to you. No need to travel to Norman, Oklahoma or other national conference. We are very fortunate to have both of them join an already impressive lineup of speakers which include Kathy Kieliszewski of the Detroit Free Press, Denny Simmons from the Evansville Courier & Press and Rob Sumner founding member and photographer at Red Box Pictures.

Those who need hotel reservations must contact the Columbus Airport Marriott by Friday, March 26 to receive the ONPA $109 room rate.

You can download materials to register for the seminar or go to the ONPA Website to register and pay online.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Registration now open for 2010 ONPA convention in Columbus

Registration for the 2010 ONPA convention is now underway for the event being held at the Columbus Airport Marriott, April 16-17. As soon as travel arrangements are set the schedule of events will be posted.

Currently we have speaking commitments from Kathy Kieliszewski of the Detroit Free Press, Denny Simmons from the Evansville Courier & Press and Rob Sumner founding member and photographer at Red Box Pictures, a Seattle-based commercial and editorial photography studio. An additional television speaker will be added to the program.

You can register for the conference online or by mail. Registration fees remain at last years reduced rates. ONPA members are $20, non-members are $40, out-of-state non-members are $25 and all students are $10. Add $10 to all fees if you register at the door.

If you are planning on staying at the Columbus Airport Marriott either Friday or Saturday night the cutoff date to receive the ONPA $109 room rate is March 26th so don't delay.

Complete speaker bios and online registration

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Gorby wins clip Photographer of the Year

All the fires are out, the mangled cars towed and the thrill of victory goes to Marshall Gorby who won the 2009 ONPA Monthly Clip Contest.

There were probably a few sleepless nights for Gorby who had finished second in the competition three times. Chasing Gorby was Eric Albrecht from The Columbus Dispatch, who is no stranger to winning POY titles. Albrecht won 90 points placing first in general news and second in portrait. Gobry also accumulated 90 points taking first in spot news, third and honorable mention in feature.

Gorby will still have a few sleepless nights ahead of him as his is leading the NPPA Region 4 Monthly Clip contest. Goby has a 132 point lead over Matt Detrich from the Indianapolis Star with results from October and December yet to be posted.

Complete results are on the ONPA Website. The winners gallery will be posted as soon as all the photos have been submitted.

Top 10 Final Standings
1st - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun - 934
2nd - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Disptch - 850
3rd - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch - 732
4th - Neal C. Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch - 644
5th - Jonathan Quilter, The Columbus Dispatch - 608
6th - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch - 600
7th - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun - 524
8th - Tom Dodge, The Columbus, Dispatch - 504
9th - Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer - 500
10th - Jeff Hinckley, The Columbus Dispatch - 394

Friday, February 19, 2010

Still contest judging results

Fred Squillante from The Columbus Dispatch and Bill Lackey from the Springfield News-Sun have been chosen Ohio News Photographers of the Year for 2009 by the Ohio News Photographers Association.


Finishing second in the small market division was Marshall Gorby from the Springfield News-Sun and third was Tessa Bargainnier, a student from Kent State University. Finishing second in the large market division was Gus Chan from The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer and third was John Kuntz from The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. Michael E. Keating from the Cincinnati Enquirer received an Award of Excellence in the category.


Gus Chan won the James R. Gordon Ohio Understanding Award for "Catholic Church Closings", which told the story of a the downsizing of the Diocese of Cleveland, with the closing of more than 50 churches.


Diego James Robles from Ohio University won the Student Photographer of the Year award.


Eric Albrecht of The Columbus Dispatch was awarded Best of Show in the contest.


Eighty-four visual journalists from across the state submitted 887entries in the 59th annual news photography contest judged Friday and Saturday at the Akron Beacon Journal.


Judging the competition were: Matt McClain, Denver based freelance photographer and former Rocky Mountain News staff photographer, Andrew Craft, staff photographer at the Fayetteville (NC) Observer and Mark Mirko, photographer and photo editor at the Hartford Courant. Scott Stazzante, Chicago Tribune staff photographer, Tracy N. Boyer, former multimedia producer at Roanoke.com, Chuck Fadely, video producer at the Miami Herald, Zach Wise, online producer for the New York Times, judged multimedia and online entries remotely.


Marshall Gorby from the Springfield News-Sun was named Clip Photographer of the Year from points accumulated in the Association’s Monthly Clip Contest. Eric Albrecht from The Columbus Dispatch placed second and Chris Russell from The Columbus Dispatch won third place.

First place, Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun

Second place, Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun

Third place, Tessa Bargainnier, Kent State University


News Photographer of Year/Large Market
First place, Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch

Second place, Gus Chan, The Plain Dealer

Third place, John Kuntz, The Plain Dealer

Award of Excellence, Michael, E. Keating. Cincinnati Enquirer


Student Photographer of the Year

First place, Diego James Robles, Ohio University

Second place, Tessa Bargainnier, Kent State University

Third place, Laura Torchia, Kent State University


James R. Gordon Ohio Understanding Award
Gus Chan, The Plain Dealer, "Catholic Church Closings"


Best of Show

Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "H1N1"


Picture Usage

First place, ThisWeek Newspapers - (Under 100,000 circulation)

First place, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer - (Over 100,000 circulation)

Second place, The Columbus Dispatch - (Over 100,000 circulation)
Third place, Akron Beacon Journal - (Over 100,000 circulation)


Photography Staff of Year (Under 100,000 circulation)
First place, The Plain Dealer
Second place, The Columbus Dispatch
Third place, Cincinnati Enquirer


Photography Staff of Year (Over 100,000 circulation)
First place, Springfield News-Sun
Second place, Ohio University
Third place, ThisWeek Newspapers (Columbus) - David Richard - Freelance


Feature Single

1st - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch, "Kite wouldn't fly"

2nd - Diego James Robles, Ohio University, "Junior Miss"

3rd - Neal C. Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch, "Equipment Malfunction"

Award of Excellence - Lisa DeJong, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Pumpkin Head"

Award of Excellence - John Kuntz, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Bird play "

Award of Excellence - Ed Suba Jr, Akron Beacon Journal, "Snow Day"

Award of Excellence - Diego James Robles, Ohio University, "Six Fest"


Feature Picture Story

1st - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch, "Becoming a Priest"

2nd - Andy Morrison, The (Toledo) Blade, "Faith Is..."

3rd - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch, "BlindMarching Band"


General News

1st - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Second Dose"

2nd - Tessa Bargainnier, Kent State University, "Homecoming"

3rd - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun, "Funeral for Four"

Award of Excellence - Gus Chan, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Black Madonna"

Award of Excellence - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, "Flag Burning"

Award of Excellence - Shari Lewis, The Columbus Dispatch, "Brother's Innocence"

Award of Excellence - Tracy Boulian, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Witnessing History"


Illustration

1st - Andrea Levy, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "About Face"

2nd - Andrea Levy, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Music to our Fears"

3rd - Andrea Levy, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Cold Storage"


News Picture Story

1st - Gus Chan, The Plain Dealer, "Catholic Church Closings"

2nd - John Kuntz, The Plain Dealer, "Serial Killer"

3rd - Courtney Hergesheimer, The Columbus Dispatch, "Domestic Silence"

Award of Excellence - Michael E. Keating, Cincinnati Enquirer, "Over the Rhine Killing"


Product Illustration

1st - Ed Suba Jr, Akron Beacon Journal, "Pizelles"

2nd - Joshua Gunter, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Thin Line"

3rd - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Muffins"


Pictorial

1st - Shari Lewis, The Columbus Dispatch, "Quiet Reading"

2nd - Lisa DeJong, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Fire Bird"

3rd - Diego James Robles, Ohio University, "Trapeze"

Award of Excellence - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch, "Frogs"


Portrait

1st - Diego James Robles, Ohio University, "Aquadette"

2nd - Lisa DeJong, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Haunted"

3rd - Diego James Robles, Ohio University, "Little Miss Chauncey Dover"

Award of Excellence - Lisa DeJong, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Chester"

Award of Excellence - Ed Suba Jr, Akron Beacon Journal, "New Face, New Life"

Award of Excellence - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch, "Grounbreaking Home"


Sports Action

1st - Joshua Gunter, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Moonstruck"

2nd - Adam Cairns, ThisWeek Newspapers (Columbus), "Wrestling Win"

3rd - Karen Schiely, Akron Beacon Journal, "Jump"

Award of Excellence - Barbara J. Perenic, Springfield News-Sun, "Wrestling Bite"

Award of Excellence - Tracy Boulian, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Just Out of Reach"


Sports Feature

1st - Lorrie Cecil, ThisWeek Newspapers (Columbus), "E-3"

2nd - David Richard, Freelance, "Ejected"

3rd - Tracy Boulian, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Hope"


Sports Picture Story

1st - David Richard, Freelance, "Lake Erie Crushers"


Spot News (Under 100,000)

1st - Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, "Take Down"

2nd - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun, "Electrifying Rescue"

3rd - Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun, "Waiting for Rescue"

- Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, "Vrying"

Award of Excellence - Scott Heckel, The Repository, "Father's Comfort"


Spot News (Over 100,000)

1st - Gus Chan, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Tears of Remorse"

2nd - Dave Zapotosky, The (Toledo) Blade, "Hostage Freed"

3rd - Ed Suba Jr, Akron Beacon Journal, "Real Hot"


Team Picture Story

1st - The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Serial Killer" - Gus Chan, Lisa DeJong, Marvin Fong, John Kuntz, Thomas Ondrey

2nd - The Columbus Dispatch, "H1N1" - Eric Albrecht, Tom Dodge, Courtney Hergesheimer, Jeff Hinckley, Jonathan Quilter, Fred Squillante

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Spend a day with Steve McCurry

The Unguarded Moment, an exhibit by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry, is being held at the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography in Canton, Feb 5 to April 2.

McCurry will participate in three events this Thursday, Feb 19 in conjunction with the exhibit.

The day will begin with a slideshow and Q&A session at the Canton Museum of Art at 9 a.m. , followed by a book signing at the Joseph Saxton Gallery, and end with a lecture and Q&A session at Malone University at 8 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public, but reservations must be made. You can contact the gallery at (330) 438-0030

Monday, February 15, 2010

Steve Maguire wins ONPA television POY clip title

Steve Maguire from WNBS-TV in Columbus is the 2009 Television Quarterly Clip Contest Photographer of the Year.

Maguire, who was in second place all year, leap frogged his co-worker Jeff Ritter in the final quarter winning first place in both General News and Feature.

Winning 4th quarter video will be posted on the ONPA Website as soon as it becomes available.

4th Quarter Results

Spot News
1st - Michael Gravely Jr, WBNS-TV, "Burglary Standoff"

General News
1st - Steve Maguire, WBNS-TV, "Banking on furniture"
2nd - Jeff Sheerer, WBNS-TV, "Domestic Silence survivor"
3rd - Scott Doelling, WBNS-TV, ""Ohioans in need"

News Feature
1st - Steve Maguire, WBNS-TV, "A Veteran Artist"
2nd - Jeff Sheerer, WBNS-TV, "Year round Santa"
3rd - Jeff Ritter, WBNS-TV, "Stack it high and tight"

In-Depth
1st - Bill Reagan, WBNS-TV, "Hotel Security Folo"
Judged at WTSP-TV, St. Petersburg, FL

Final Standings
1st - Steve Maguire, WBNS-TV - 75
2nd - Jeff Ritter, WBNS-TV - 63
3rd - Bill Reagan, WBNS-TV - 40
4th - Nate Van Sickle, WBNS-TV - 31

5th - Michael Gravely Jr., WBNS-TV - 21
6th - Jeff Sheerer, WBNS-TV – 18
- Billy Muhammed, WJW-TV
8th - Scott Doelling, WBNS-TV - 15
9th - Byron Stirsman, WHIO-TV - 12
- Vince Jordan, WBNS-TV

Sunday, February 14, 2010

ONPA Multimedia contest results

Visual journalists from The Columbus Dispatch and The Plain Dealer won 15 of the 20 awards in the 2009 ONPA Online Journalism contest as results were released by contest chairman Jonathan Quilter of The Columbus Dispatch.

Quilter picked up three wins in the online contest taking first and second place in Best News Audio Slideshow and also won second place in Best Sports Audio Slideshow. David Andersen of The Plain Dealer also had three wins, taking first and third in Best Feature Video. Andersen also won third place in Best Sports Video.



Glenn Hartong/The Cincinnati Enquirer, "You Can Fight City Hall"
First place - Best News Video

Last year the still judges concurred with the online judges and many of the single images from the online entires appeared on the winners list. If that holds true Columbus and Cleveland will again slug it out for the Staff of the Year award.

The still contest judging at the Akron Beacon Journal will be open Friday and Saturday. There will be a post mid-week with all the details for those wishing to attend. For those who can't make it to Akron, the judging can be viewed online. There will be a link on the ONPA home page.