He leads the annual student-produced and award-winning Soul of Athens project. Alost has helped guide seven students to Fulbright scholarships and two students to recognition by the Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography. Other students have been awarded the College Photographer of the Year as well as Hearst, Society of News Design, and Adobe Interactive awards. Alost’s work with students earned him a University Professor award in 2010 as well as selection for the Bruning Teaching Academy for outstanding teaching at Ohio University in 2017.
Outside of academia, Alost began his career in the visual communication field in 1977 and has held positions in management, as a photo editor, photojournalist, and as a designer. His employers include: The St. Petersburg Times, The Morning Advocate, State-Times, Shreveport Journal, and the Natchitoches Times. He has served as a freelance picture editor and photojournalist for the Associated Press and United Press International. Beyond newspapers, Alost’s work has been published in books and magazines including Life, Ohio 24/7, Newsphotographer, and Stern. Additionally, he has co-authored research published in the Newspaper Research Journal as well as papers presented to AEJMC. Alost has also served as the contest co-coordinator and moderator for the annual National Press Photography Association Best of Photojournalism Contests since 2001.
Alost also served as photo editor for Alysia Burton Steele’s book Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom and Josh Birnbaum’s bool Dream Shot: The Journey to a Wheelchair Basketball National Championship. Currently he is editing Arnold Sports Expo 2017, the annual for the Arnold Schwarzenegger sponsored sports festival.
Most important of all Alost is a father, husband, and grandfather.
While earning a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Baker taught or co-taught courses in news reporting, ethics and internet journalism. He was also a juror for the CINE Golden Eagle documentary competition. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from McNeese State University, where he also worked in television and radio production.
In the past, he produced photography and multimedia for the National Network of Forest Practitioners, a leading forestry nonprofit based in Athens, Ohio. He also worked as a photographer for Project LAUNCH — a federal grant that benefits community organizations to improve childhood wellness — through OU's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Josh holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois, and an M.A. from Ohio University is Visual Communication. He plans to get a Ph.D. sometime soon. He is a visiting professional in VisCom, teaching photography, picture editing, digital imaging, and audio/video storytelling courses. His first book, Dream Shot: The Journey to a Wheelchair Basketball National Championship, will be released in Fall of 2017 with the University of Illinois Press.
Hatch has focused her camera and reporting on war, its aftermath and its effects on soldiers, their families and those caught in the crossfire, especially women and children. She has worked independently in Liberia, Somalia, Iraq and Eritrea. In the winter of 2011-2012, she an embedded with the 1/25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment in Afghanistan. In the winter of 2014-2015, she traveled to Liberia to cover the Ebola outbreak in a project funded in part by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.
Hatch is also a recipient of the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
As the founder and president of Isis Initiative, Inc., Hatch leads a nonprofit that offers scholarships to women overseas who have the desire but not the resources to pursue a college education. http://www.isisinitiative.org
She also founded a photography project entitled ``Brave New Vision`` for teenage victims of abuse at a residential treatment center in Oregon.
Her photographs have been exhibited worldwide, including at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., the Sony Gallery in Cairo, Egypt and the Leica Gallery in Solms, Germany. Her work has also been published in newspapers and magazines, including Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and Paris Match.
A staff photographer at the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis, MN since 1990. Most of his work is daily assignments, but over years as a photographer he has photographed many events national and international for the Star Tribune. When Nelson Mandela was elected president of South Africa he spent 5 weeks providing daily photographic coverage for the newspaper. Worked with a reporter on stories about the AIDS epidemic in Uganda, spent some time in Cuba covering a local college baseball team travels and competitions.
A simple man who loves making photographs of everyday people and spending time with his wife and daughters, has been fortunate to be able to spend a good amount of time working on personal projects, traveling and collaborating with a team of talented journalist.
In his spare time, Jerry spends many hours practicing and teaching Okinawan traditional karate and Kobudo in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
His first monograph documents the juke-joint Po’ Monkey’s Lounge, and has been selected by University Press of Mississippi to be published in 2017.
Currently Will lives in Cleveland and New Orleans with his wife, Jamie, and their two dogs, while working as a freelance photographer / multimedia storyteller. He works very closely with the Delta Center for Culture and Learning, which involves development of the International Delta Blues Project and the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area. He teaches documentary-based photography classes in the art department at Delta State University and photojournalism / multimedia courses in the Meek School of Journalism at the University of Mississippi.
Her current documentary, “Mixed” examines what it means to be mixed race in America, 50 years after the Supreme Court made interracial marriages legal. Previously she has worked for famed photographer, Mary Ellen Mark, and with the Sandra Berler Gallery. Currently she is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at American University. She received her MFA in Photography (summa cum laude) from the Maryland Institute College of Art and two BA’s in Visual Media and Anthropology from American University.
McFarland received her bachelor’s degree in English from Bethany College and her master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
It was the 1980’s. Many two-newspaper towns in America had become, or would soon become, one-newspaper towns. Four-color printing on newsprint was still a novelty and cellular telephones were a new-fangled gadget only the rich could afford. One of the most important decisions a photographer had to make on assignment wasn’t, “should I shoot stills or video,” it was “should I shoot color or black and white?”
Since then, he has witnessed his fair share of history. Some of it will be in the history books, but he’s found the family scrapbook variety more rewarding.
He’s garnered his fair share of awards -- most notably for contributing the aerial photography in The Dallas Morning News’ coverage of Hurricane Katrina that won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography. At a recent Texas APME awards dinner he was teased about not being able to remember how many times he had been recognized as Star Photojournalist of the Year. Turns out it was five times. If you care about awards, there is a list of all his POYi, Best of Photojournalism, NPPA-type awards here.
Pool admits he “pretty much fell into a career” as a news photographer (he was hired at the Austin American Statesman after his internship following his freshman year of college). He attributes this to being able to follow-focus a telephoto lens, “which was a marketable skill back in the early 1980’s.” Thankfully, for him, his skill set evolved a bit before clever Japanese engineers rendered manual focus an obsolete skill.
He guesses he’s covered, “at least 1,000 football games, probably way more, even double that.” Despite so much time on the sidelines, he doesn’t pull for any particular team. “I’m rooting for whichever team I have better photos of that day.”
Now a card-carrying AARP member who requires reading glasses simply to read the setting on his cameras, all those ball games have become a bit of a blur. What has left an indelible impression are the 10 Olympic games he has covered; along with at least a dozen hurricanes; a half-dozen space launches; and more than a couple of presidents, popes, kings and queens.
But his favorite assignments are still the cancer survivors, military widows, AIDS patients, street preachers, and countless other everyday people who welcome him into their lives and allow him to help tell their stories.
Pool is currently on his second stint as a staff photographer at The Dallas Morning News, which follows two separate tours at the Houston Chronicle (preceded by the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph, Austin American Statesman and St. Louis Suburban Journals).
This back-and-forth between Dallas and Houston often confuses his friends, colleagues and casual observers. But, since he attended three high schools, in three years, in three different cities, picking up and moving to another city doesn’t seem like that big a deal to him.
When not on assignment for The Dallas Morning News, he is likely to be found volunteering at a summer camp for HIV+ youth, flying around South Sudan with missionary pilots he has befriended, or vacationing with his wife Jessica someplace like Laos or Haiti, because, let’s face it, those places are interesting.
And, yes, his name really is Smiley. It’s a long story.
Before the Mercury News, Akili built a portfolio of photo editing experiences, from, features photo editor for the Atlanta Journal & Constitution, which included coverage of the 1996 Olympics; The Los Angeles Times, sharing staff honors for the Pulitzer for coverage of the 1994 Northridge earthquake; and the Associated Press, sharing team honors for the 1993 Pulitzer in Feature Photography for their portfolio of the 1992 presidential campaign.
She’s on the advisory board and former chair of the National Association of Black Journalists Visual Task Force. Her passion for photojournalism is only second to her passion for her family, and riding Harley motorcycles.
Steele spent five weeks documenting life in South Africa, Uganda and Ivory Coast, where her images were featured in Habitat for Humanity’s 25th anniversary coffee table book. While a photographer at The Columbus Dispatch, she won the 2004 James Gordon Understanding Award for photographic excellence for her month-long assignment inside the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.
In 2006, she was part of the photo team that won the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News for their Hurricane Katrina coverage where she served as a picture editor. For three consecutive years, she did the picture editing and layout/design for the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Classic coffee table book. She also did picture editing for the National Urban League and designed their 100th commemorative poem booklet written by Maya Angelou. She’s won numerous awards for her photography and picture editing.
Her motto is ``Everyone has a story worth sharing.``
He served as president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (2000–01) and as president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communications (1989–90). He was vice president of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications and is chair of the Accrediting Committee of ACEJMC. He has made more than 90 campus visits as a consultant, a member or chair of site teams of ACEJMC or as a state board program evaluator.
Norton is a partner in ownership of The South Reporter, Inc., Holly Springs, Miss., a corporation that publishes two newspapers and a total market publication. He was publisher of The Daily Iowan. He previously was on the staff of the Chicago Tribune and was sports editor of The Daily Journal, Wheaton, Ill. Norton is a trustee of the Freedom Forum, the Diversity Institute and the Newseum.
He was dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1990–2009) and interim chair and chair of the Department of Journalism at The University of Mississippi (1977–1990). He was awarded a B.A. with honors in history from Wheaton College, a M.A. in mass communications from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the University of Iowa.