Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Kent State to host first Kent Multimedia Workshop

Kent State University's School of Journalism & Mass Communication will be hosting its first Kent Multimedia Workshop - a three-day, hands-on video and photography multimedia storytelling workshop - June 14-16 in Franklin Hall on the Kent Campus.

Media professionals, faculty members, students and others interested in polishing their multimedia skills will work closely with five photography and multimedia educators to learn the skills they need to tell narrative stories using multimedia techniques.

"Our workshop is an outgrowth of the Keystone Multimedia Workshop, held each year at Penn State," said Kent State Lecturer and Student Media Adviser Susan Kirkman Zake. "We thought it would be great if the Penn State faculty joined us in Kent to teach the same type of workshop in Ohio."

Zake and her husband, Bruce, an adjunct photojournalism instructor, have traveled to State College the past three years to teach the Keystone sessions. They will be joined in Ohio by Penn State Senior Lecturers Curt Chandler, John Beale and Will Yurman, all award-winning journalists before beginning work at Penn State.

Participants may use Kent State's equipment on a first-come, first-serve basis. Supplies are limited, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own gear. Franklin Hall labs are equipped with Macintosh computers running the Adobe CS5 suite and Final Cut Pro from Apple.

The workshop has financial support of The Akron Beacon Journal, The Plain Dealer, the Ohio News Photographers Association and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University. For more information and to register, click here. Registration will close May 31 unless other arrangements are made in advance.

Monday, April 16, 2012

February clip contest results

February ONPA monthly clip contest results are in with Lisa DeJong of The Plain Dealer being the big winner for the month with fours win, three of which were second place wins. The 152 points earned puts her atop the standings.

Fred Squillante, Shari Lewis and Kyle Robertson all of The Columbus Dispatch each had three wins. Complete results and the winners gallery are on the ONPA website.

Top Five standings
1st - Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer -274
2nd - Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch - 204
3rd - Barbara Perenic, Springfield News-Sun - 164
4th - Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch - 144
5th - Joel Hawksley, Ohio University - 142

Quarterly television contest call for entries

Matthew Pawuk from WTOL-TV in Toledo has stepped forward to take over the reins of the ONPA Television Quarterly Contest and is now accepting entries from the first quarter. Due to the change the deadline for the first quarter has been extended to April 30th. Updated contest rules and contact information can be found under the rules tab on the ONPA website.

Friday, April 13, 2012

DeJong, Lackey win ONPA POY honors

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Lisa DeJong from The Plain Dealer and Bill Lackey from the Springfield News Sun are once again ONPA Photographers of the Year. DeJong won in the large market category for the third time in four years and Lackey won the small market category for the second time in three years.

Finishing second in large market competition was Eric Albrecht from The Columbus Dispatch and winning an Award of Excellence was Michael E. Keating of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Keating won Best of Show in the contest for his entry, "Clyde Day" which was the first place winner in the feature picture story category.

The Columbus Dispatch won the Staff of the Year competition in the large market division ending The Plain Dealer's 11-year run of winning the honors. The Plain Dealer placed second and the Cincinnati Enquirer placed third. The Springfield News-Sun won in the small market division.

The James R. Gordon Ohio Understanding Award was awarded to Maddie McGarvey, a student from Ohio University, which told the story of the growing trend of grandparents raising grandchildren.

Joel Hawksley from Ohio University won the Student Photographer of the Year award. Meg Roussos from Ohio University won the Larry Fullerton Photojournalism Scholarship. Steven Turville, also from Ohio University, placed second in the category.

Kyle Robertson from The Columbus Dispatch was the first place winner in the new category of Sports Portfolio.

Fifty-five visual journalists from across the state submitted 832 entries in the 61st annual news photography contest judged over the last three days at The Columbus Dispatch.

Judging the competition were: Steve Mellon, photographer and multimedia producer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sue Morrow, director of The Kalish Workshop and Bill Luster, retired photojournalist from the Louisville Courier Journal.

Judging multimedia and online entries remotely were: Visual journalists Brian Kaufman, Alex Bahou, Romain Blanquart and Kathy Kieliszewski , deputy director of photography from the Detroit Free Press. Dai Sugano, senior multimedia editor at the San Jose Mercury News and Mike Stocker, photojournalist (South Florida) Sun Sentinel.

Judging picture usage categories from the Houston Chronicle were: Steve Gonzales, director of photography, Jill Karnicki, photo editor and Mayra Beltraan, staff photographer.

Neal C. Lauron from The Columbus Dispatch was named Clip Photographer of the Year from points accumulated in the Association’s Monthly Clip Contest. Kyle Robertson from The Dispatch placed second and Eric Albrecht, also from The Dispatch won third place.

Winning images and videos can be viewed on the ONPA website.


The winners were:
News Photographer of Year/Large Market
First place, Lisa DeJong, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer
Second place, Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch
Award of Excellence, Michael E. Keating, Cincinnati Enquirer

News Photographer of Year/Small Market
First place, Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun

Student Photographer of the Year
First place, Joel Hawksley, Ohio University
Second place, Maddie McGarvey, Ohio University

Larry Fullerton Photojournalism Scholarship
First place, Meg Roussos, Ohio University
Second place, Steven Turville, Ohio University

Clip Contest Photographer of Year
First place, Neal C. Lauron, The Columbus Dispatch
Second place, Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch
Third place, Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch

James R. Gordon Ohio Understanding Award
First place, Maddie McGarvey, Ohio University, "A Generation Lost"
Second place, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Tales From The Heart"

Best of Show
Michael E. Keating, Cincinnati Enquirer, "Clyde Day"

Picture Usage (Large Market)
First place, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer
Second place, The Columbus Dispatch

Picture Usage (Small Market)
First place, ThisWeek Newspapers (Columbus)

Photography Staff of Year (Small Market)
First place, Springfield News-Sun

Photography Staff of Year (Large Market)
First place, The Columbus Dispatch
Second place, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer
Third place, Cincinnati Enquirer

Feature
First place, Lisa DeJong, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Cancer Prom"
Second place, Andy Morrison, The (Toledo) Blade, "Coming Out"
Third place, Brooke LaValley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Balloon Festival"
Award of Excellence, Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Wet Patch"

Feature Picture Story
First place, Michael E. Keating., Cincinnati Enquirer, "Clyde Day"
Second place, Lisa DeJong, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Judgement Day"
Third place, Courtney Hergesheimer, The Columbus Dispatch, "Surviving Sepsis"
Award of Excellence, Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch, "A Chosen Child"

General News
First place, Dave Zapotosky, The Blade, "Walk of Shame"
Second place, Carrie Cochran, Cincinnati Enquirer, "Proud Mom"
Third place, Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun, "Flag"
Award of Excellence, Brooke LaValley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Student Protestors"

Illustration
First place, Andrea Levy, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "The Colors of the Season"
Second place, Andrea Levy, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Top Workplaces"
Third place, Andrea Levy, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "This Is Not a Fence"

News Picture Story
First place, Amy Sancetta, Associated Press, "Shanksville Memorial"
Second place, Joel Hawksley, Ohio University, "The Rainbow Family"

Pictorial
First place, Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Whiteout"
Second place, Carrie Cochran, Cincinnati Enquirer, "A Majestic Morning"
Third place, Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch, "Blackhawk"
Award of Excellence, Jonathan Quilter, Columbus Dispatch, "Fountain of Youth"

Portrait Personality
First place, Brooke LaValley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Final Bow"
Second place, Lynn Ischay, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Dan Gets a Heart"
Third place, Ernest Coleman , Freelance, "Home Work Time"
Award of Excellence - Lisa DeJong, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Remember"
Award of Excellence, Lynn Ischay, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "The Perfect Job"
Award of Excellence -Lynn Ischay, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Tears For My Uncle"

Product Illustration
First place, Peggy Turbett, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Rippling White Rob Roy"

Sports Action
First place, Joel Hawksley, Ohio University Athletic Department, "Tripped Up"
Second place, Marvin Fong, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Flipped"
Third place, Tessa Berg, The Columbus Dispatch, "Marathon"
Award of Excellence, Marvin Fong, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Catch"
Award of Excellence, Paul Tople, Akron Beacon Journal, "Close"

Sports Feature
First place, Fred Squillante, The Columbus Dispatch, "Dog Sidekick"
Second place, Carrie Cochran, Cincinnati Enquirer, "NASCAR Poker"
Third place, Joel Hawksley, Ohio University Athletic Department, "Loss"
Award of Excellence, Jeremy Wadsworth, The (Toledo) Blade, "Defeat"
Award of Excellence, Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch, "Goal"

Sports Picture Story
First place, Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch, "State Swimming"
Second place, Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Rob Myers"
Third place, Lori King. The (Toledo) Blade, "WNIT Champs"
Award of Excellence, Chuck Crow, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "The Season That Almost Was"

Sports Portfolio
First place, Kyle Robertson, The Columbus Dispatch
Second place, Barbara Perenic, Springfield News-Sun
Third place, Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch
Award of Excellence, Joel Hawksley, Ohio University

Spot News (Small Market)
First place, Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, "Officer Shot"
Second place, Marshall Gorby, Springfield News-Sun, "Officer Wounded"
Third place, Scott Heckel, The Repository, "Agonizing Call"
Award of Excellence, Bill Lackey, Springfield News-Sun, "Emu"

Spot News (Large Market)
First place, Jeff Hinckley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Grief"
Second place, Marvin Fong, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Shooting"
Third place, Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Crash"
Award of Excellence, Amy Sancetta, AP, "Airport Winter Weather"
Award of Excellence, Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch , "Evacuate"

Team Picture Story
First place, The Columbus Dispatch, "SB-5"
Second place, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Serial Killer"
Third place, The Columbus Dispatch, "Matthew Hoffman"
Award of Excellence, The Columbus Dispatch, "Jim "Big Jim" Karnes"
Award of Excellence, Springfield News-Sun, "Deputy Killed"

Audio Slide Show
First place - Michael E. Keating, The Cincinnati Enquirer, "Legion Post Still Serving"
Second place - Gus Chan, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Burn Camp Counselors"
Third place - Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch, "Fields of Dreams"

News Video
First place - Doral Chenoweth III, The Columbus Dispatch, "A Trip Earned Long Ago"
Second place - Glenn Hartong, The Cincinnati Enquirer, "Search for Toddler Continues"
Third place - David I. Andersen, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Over 100 Rescued Dogs Need a Home"

Sports Video
First place - Michael E. Keating, The Cincinnati Enquirerm "Baseball in the Desert"
Second place - Michael E. Keating, The Cincinnati Enquirer, "Johnny Bench Statue"
Third place - David I. Andersen, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, "Kent State Gymnastics"

Feature Video
First place - Courtney Hergesheimer, The Columbus Dispatch, "Surviving Sepsis"
Second place - Brooke LaValley, The Columbus Dispatch, "Dusk to Dawn"
Third place - Chris Russell, The Columbus Dispatch, "Between Fear and Hope"

Team Video
First place - Michael E. Keating, The Cincinnati Enquirer, "Hope on the Horizon"
Participants: Michael E. Keating & Stacy Doose
Second place - Glenn Hartong, The Cincinnati Enquirer, "P&G's Next Frontier"
Participants: Glenn Hartong & Stacy Doose
Third place - Courtney Hergesheimer, The Columbus Dispatch, "Voices of Occupy Columbus"
Participants: Courtney Hergesheimer and Ty Wright

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

ONPA Online Photojournalism contest results now online

Judging of the annual ONPA still contest begins Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at The Columbus Dispatch. Single catagories will be judged first, followed by stories and then portfolios. Results and winning images will be posted throughout the two-day process on the ONPA website. Results of the ONPA Online Photojournalism Contest have already been posted along with links to the winning audio slideshows and videos.

The educational seminar and business meeting will take place on Saturday. Speaking at this year's seminar will be the 2012 NPPA Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year Nathan Thompson from WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN. Thompson will be joined by still contest judges Bill Luster, Steve Mellon and Sue Morrow.

There is no cost to OPNA member to attend either the judging or seminar. Anyone wishing to become a member can do so at the door when they arrive.

Saturday's Schedule:
9:00 a.m. - Eye-Opener: Dispatch Year in Review Slideshow
9:15 a.m.- Steve Mellon, photographer and multimedia producer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10:30 a.m. - Break
10:45 a.m. - Sue Morrow, current director of The Kalish Workshop
Noon - ONPA Annual Meeting and Lunch (on your own or pizza if you attend the meeting)
1:45 p.m. - Nathan Thompson, WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN
(with an additional breakout session workshop with Nathan at 3pm)
3:00 p.m. - Break
3:15 p.m. - Bill Luster, retired photojournalist, The Louisville Courier-Journal
4:30 p.m. - Annual ONPA Still Contest Winners Slideshow

The Columbus Dispatch is located at 34 S. Third St. downtown Columbus.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Columbus Dispatch to be the first to convert to a compact tabloid

The stately oak is being trimmed to a flowering ornamental as the dead tree version of The Columbus Dispatch is converted to a compact tabloid beginning this fall.

The paper will be the first in the world to utilize new press technology which which not only allows the paper to be printed faster, but also saves newsprint. The new format will shrink the current print edition from a 11.5 by 22-inch page to a much leaner 10.5 by 14.6-inch page.

In their marketing of the new format they say, "It's Smart".

You might think of it as the iPaper.



Focus group readers have praised the new format for being easier to handle and find content. Publishers will praise the savings in newsprint. If the format is the success with readers and advertisers as deep thinkers hope, presses converted to the new technology will be busy.

The Dispatch has already signed agreements to print Gannett's Cincinnati Enquirer and Kentucky Enquirer which will also switch to the new format later this year.

Keating to leave the Cincinnati Enquirer

Veteran Cincinnati Enquirer photojournalist and longtime ONPA member Michael E. Keating is taking a buyout from the newspaper.

The paper's parent company Gannett made an offer to 800 eligible employees and will reportedly grant requests to 665 employees all of which are 56 years old with at least 20 years' service.

Keating's work has been a model of consistency over the years, routinely winning awards and generating excellent stories. The ONPA POY title has escaped him, but Keating is no "one hit wonder". His work has placed in the POY competition seven times over the years.

He may be taking a buyout, but there is no fall-off in the work he is generating today. His story about his longtime neighbor Clyde Day who was 104 years old was recently featured on the New York Times Lens blog in a post by James Estrin.

It would be no surprise to see his portfolio once again be recognized by the judges this year.

I know not Keating's plans for life after the Enquirer, but if the past is any indication, whatever he does, he'll do well.

Schedule revised for ONPA seminar

The scheduleof events for the ONPA educational seminar Saturday, April 14 at The Columbus Dispatch has been revised. Note the changes if you were coming to hear a particular speaker.

Revised seminar schedule of events
9:00 a.m. - Eye-Opener: Dispatch Year in Review Slideshow
9:15 a.m.- Steve Mellon, photographer and multimedia producer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
10:30 a.m. - Break
10:45 a.m. - Sue Morrow, current director of The Kalish Workshop
Noon - ONPA Annual Meeting and Lunch (on your own or pizza if you attend the meeting)
1:45 p.m. - Nathan Thompson, WTVF-TV, Nashville, TN
(with an additional breakout session workshop with Nathan at 3pm)
3:00 p.m. - Break
3:15 p.m. - Bill Luster, retired photojournalist, The Louisville Courier-Journal
4:30 p.m. - Annual ONPA Still Contest Winners Slideshow