RYAN KELLY www.ryanmkelly.com
Ryan M. Kelly won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography. Previously, he was a staff photojournalist at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Virginia for four years, from 2013 to 2017. The Unite the Right rally and aftermath marked his final assignment at the newspaper, before he and his wife moved to Richmond. He continues to cover news and sports in both Richmond and Charlottesville as a freelancer.
Kelly discovered an interest in journalism as a reporter and editor at The Captain’s Log, the student newspaper at Christopher Newport University. Developing a passion for photojournalism, he interned at the Daily Press and freelanced for newspapers around Virginia before joining the Progress. He has been recognized with awards from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, National Press Photographers Association, College Photographer of the Year, and the Virginia News Photographers Association.
MOLLY ROBERTS www.nationalgeographic.com
Molly Roberts is a photography editor, curator and photographer; she recently joined National Geographic Magazine as a Senior Photography Editor after 15 years as Chief Photography Editor at Smithsonian Magazine. Previously she led the Washington Post Magazine and USA Weekend photography team.
With over 25-years experience in the magazine publishing world, she is responsible for the content and appearance of many magazines, books, web sites and apps. Roberts is an advocate for powerful visual storytelling and human rights and recently created the non-profit HumanEyes USA to present documentary photography projects in public spaces and to use powerful imagery to help illuminate complex issues facing America. Also committed to developing diverse voices in the media, she is a director and board member of the DC based, Women Photojournalists of Washington.
GREG MOYER www.bluechalk.com
Greg Moyer is founder and CEO of Blue Chalk Media, a digital media company that believes in the power of visual storytelling. After 27 years as an award-winning television and digital media executive for organizations such as Discovery Channel, TLC and Food Network, Greg founded Blue Chalk Media where he has worked to create stories for clients such as The New York Times, TIME Magazine NBC Universal, Carnegie Corporation of New York and Pearson Education.
ABOUT BLUE CHALK:
Blue Chalk Media is an award-winning digital communications company founded by people who believe in the power of visual storytelling. As the use of video spreads rapidly across platforms, Blue Chalk Media is at the forefront of creating top-quality branded content, social impact videos, educational videos and a variety of nonfiction series and projects for multi-platform distribution. The heart of all Blue Chalk productions is the care taken in choosing characters whose authentic stories resonate powerfully with viewers. Our goal is to apply the techniques and storytelling perspectives of the documentary filmmaker and photojournalist to all of the work that we do.
ERIKA SCHULTZ www.erikajschultz.com
Erika Schultz works as a staff photographer for The Seattle Times and as part-time faculty at The University of Washington.
In 2017, Pictures of the Year International awarded Schultz an award of excellence for Newspaper Photographer of the Year. Her video work with Corinne Chin won second place for Individual Multimedia Portfolio in NPPA’s 2017 Best of Photojournalism Awards, as well as an honorable mention for Cliff Edom’s “New America Award.”
Schultz’s work has been recognized by the Casey Medals for Meritorious Journalism, National Edward R. Murrow Awards, The Alexia Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, and was a finalist for the 2010 and 2013 ASNE Community Service Photojournalism award. She also was part of The Seattle Times’ 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning team for Breaking News Reporting.
She serves on the Western Washington Board of the Society of Professional Journalists and is the co-founder of NW Photojournalism.
HELEN RICHARDSON www.denverpost.com/author/helen-h-richardson/
Helen H. Richardson is a photojournalist at the Denver Post. She has She has been lucky enough to have been sent all over the world during her long tenure at the paper to document many large breaking news stories. Some of these stories include the 2004 Christmas tsunami in Indonesia and Thailand that left over 250,000 people dead, the terrorist bombings of the World Trade Center on 9/11, the life and death of Pope John Paul II, and more recently the protests at Standing Rock in North Dakota. Somehow she seems to have done a lot of sports photography and has been to two Olympic games: in Beijing, China for the summer games in 2008 and Turino, Italy for the winter games in 2006. She is a passionate climber and thus has followed that passion in developing stories in this area. She won an national Edward Murrow award in 2015 for a video she did on the first ascent of Bridal Veil Falls, well-known ice climb in Telluride, Colorado by a paraplegic climber who had only the use of his arms to complete the climb. She won a National Headliner Award in 2013 for a spot news photograph of the Aurora Shooting aftermath that showed the large arsenal left behind by the shooter in the parking lot. She won an Emmy Award in 2012 for a video called The Fire Line: Wildfire in Colorado which took at the devastating fires in Colorado and a bleak outlook in the west with climate change and increased risk for more and larger fires in the future. She loves and is best at breaking news stories and has covered many wildfires all over the west, historic floods in Colorado, and way too many shootings and funerals. Her love for firefighting, which comes from being married to a firefighter. She believes greatly in following one’s passion in photography which she says will help direct and empower young photographers on discovering their niche in the world of photography. She is a huge animal lover, environmentalist and is always trying to rid the world of single use plastics. She loves yoga, climbing, hiking with her dog Betty and always pushing oneself to be the best you can be every single day.
CHIP LITHERLAND www.lock-land.com
Chip Litherland is a self-diagnosed color addict. He is on a 12-step-program to break the cycle of addiction to random gratuitousness, filling rectangles with extremely anal compositions, and sick perversion to oversaturated color. He is also an award-winning photographer based in Denver, CO, with over seventeen years of experience working in photojournalism and commercial photography. He is the creative director and photographer for LOCK + LAND, a new commercial, travel, and sports photography visuals company creating advertising and marketing imagery for clients such as LEGOLAND Florida, New College of Florida, Exclusive Resorts, Space Coast Tourism, Universal Orlando, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New College of Florida. He is a regular contributor to ESPN the Magazine, The Players’ Tribune, The New York Times, NPR, TIME, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker. His work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International, PDN, Best of Photojournalism, Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, Southern Short Course, and the National Press Photographer’s Association. Chip is a single dad with two beautiful daughters. They rock and keep him on his toes. All of this for them.
LINDSAY PIERCE www.vimeo.com/lpierce
Lindsay Pierce was a video journalist at The Denver Post, where she worked since 2011. Pierce was recognized by NPPA as Multimedia Journalist of the Year for the quarterly contest for her work in 2017. She shoots, edits and produces videos on all subjects. Before diving into moving pictures, she worked as a still photographer for the Daily Times in Farmington, N.M., and for YourHub, the hyper-local section of The Denver Post.
Professional recognitions include national Edward R. Murrow awards and Heartland Emmy awards. She was part of a Denver Post team recognized as finalists for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting.
Pierce was raised in Kansas City, Missouri and studied photojournalism at Boston University. She now lives in Arvada, Colo. with her husband Steve and their 2 daughters, Maevery and Mica. Outside of work, she tries to do more running, biking and hiking than housekeeping. The battle is real.
ERIN HOOLEY www.heavyglow.com
Erin Hooley has been a staff photographer at the Chicago Tribune since 2015, covering a wide range of news, overnight crime, sports, features and documentary projects. “Life, Outside,” a year-old project on Eddie Bolden, a man who was released from prison after spending 22 years there for crimes he did not commit, recently won a Best of Photojournalism multimedia honorable mention. Previously, she spent five years making photos at the Standard-Examiner in Ogden, including a personal project on mixed martial arts culture and people in Utah. After moving to Alaska, she worked as a photographer for the University of Alaska Anchorage. Erin also helped photograph the Iditarod sled dog race, covering over 1000 miles of Alaskan wilderness from Anchorage to Nome. One summer, she traveled to every brewery in Alaska and photographed hundreds of beers for “The Beer Up Here” field guide for iPhone. She studied at the University of Colorado in her hometown of Boulder and found a love for photojournalism in Dan Eldon’s “The Journey is the Destination.”
ROSS TAYLOR www.rosstaylor.com
Taylor’s professional’s recognitions include National Press Photographers Association Photographer of the Year (Large Markets), Northern Photographer of the Year, New England Photographer of the Year, Virginia Photographer of the Year and North Carolina Photographer of the Year (twice). His coverage of an Afghanistan trauma hospital garnered numerous international and national awards, and his work has also appeared on the cover of the Best of Photojournalism Magazine (twice). A film he worked on while in graduate school was an Academy Award semifinalist in the student documentary category.
Taylor was recently hired as an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he is also a fellow in the Center for Western Civilization Thought and Policy.
Previously, he was a visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was the inaugural fellow in the Multimedia, Photography and Design Department at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University. Taylor’s master’s project was a series of films in the local burn unit.
He is the lead creator of The Image, Deconstructed.
MARTIN SMITH-RODDEN www.martinsmithrodden.com
Dr. Martin Smith-Rodden teaches in the Journalism Department at Ball State and is coordinator of the Photojournalism sequence there. For more than 3 decades he’s been a photojournalist, photo editor and team leader, as well as being a cognitive psychologist (PhD in Applied Psychological Science, 2013). He’s worked in the Baltimore/Washington, San Antonio (Texas) and Norfolk (Virginia) metro areas. In 2011 he was named Photo Editor of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism competition. He was also Region 3 (mid-Atlantic) Photographer of the Year in 1996. He will be available for portfolio reviews and will lead a discussion panel entitled “Mindfulness and Wellness in a Photojournalistic Life.”
KATIE WOOD www.katiewoodphotography.com
Katie Wood is a video journalist who is soon to be based in San Francisco. After a five and a half year run at The Denver Post where she did everything from produce photo galleries to shoot and edit video, she took one of the paper’s 30 layoffs in April and signed on to be a video producer at SFGate, the San Francisco Chronicle’s online sister site. She is a firm believer in the power and importance of visual journalism and often finds herself in epic battles with people who don’t agree.
*Please note that sometimes due to the nature of our business, on rare occasions, there may be a change of speakers.
*With this, unfortunately, Rob Finch will not be able to come to the workshop due to a scheduling conflict, but we’re exceedingly grateful that the CEO of Blue Chalk will be attending in his place. Andrea Bruce had to step out this week due to a bad case of the flu (we hope she gets better soon!). Erin Hooley from The Chicago Tribune has kindly stepped in to speak. We’re excited to hear her present! Additionally, Nina had some family issues to pop up this Wednesday, and alerted us she unfortunately won’t be able to make it, but we’re fortunate to have Helen Richardson from The Denver Post step in as a replacement. Thank you, Helen!