Student Chapter Reboot

The Texas State University Student Chapter of the National Press Photographers Association is rebooting this coming Spring. We are in need of a full slate of officers and committed members to make this organization work here at Texas State.

Anyone interested in becoming a member, serving as an officer, or just need more information, contact Professor David Nolan at dnolan (at)



Advanced Storytelling Workshop starts this coming week!

The annual Advanced Storytelling Workshop starts tomorrow and goes on April 10-15. Pro journalists from all over the country will be here learning video storytelling skills.

NPPA TxState members and students are free to stop by and sit in on sessions. Plus it’s a great networking opportunity!

Advanced Storytelling Workshop schedule

Read the bios of the 2011 NPPA Advanced Storytelling Workshop Faculty below:

Steve Sweitzer After 30 years at WISH-TV in Indianapolis, IN, Steve took a buy-out and started Sweitzer Productions, providing multi-media services and training. At WISH, he wore the hats of News Operations Manager and Chief Photographer. He was NPPA’s president in 1995, and served on their board for 10 years before that. Today he is the chairman of NPPA’s Advanced Storytelling Workshop and the National Press Photographers Foundation’s Virtual Video Seminar. Sweitzer also teaches for the Journalism Department at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), where he received the Chancellor’s Award – given to one adjunct faculty members out of a field of over 1,000.  Sweitzer was the Indiana News Photographer of the Year and his work has received 29 first or second place awards from AP, UPI, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Indiana Press Photographers Association. From NPPA he’s also received the Joseph Costa Award (2001), a Morris Berman Citation (1991), and four President’s Awards. In 2009 he was awarded the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award by the NPPA, the highest honor in the field of photojournalism.

John Goheen is a freelance television photographer and producer based in Denver, Colorado. Winning more than 300 local, regional, and national awards, John is the first three-time winner of his profession’s top award, the National Press Photographers Association’s (NPPA) Television News Photographer of the Year and is a recipient of the prestigious Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award. His honors, which include 12 Emmy awards, have been granted for all kinds of stories, from spot news and features to sports and documentaries. He has worked for CBS 48 Hours, Dateline NBC, NBC Sports, ABC Monday Night Football, ESPN and ESPN 2, NBC Nightly News, NBC Today, CBS Evening News, CBS Before Your Eyes, Fox News and Fox Sports, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Sunday Morning, CBS News 60 Minutes, CBS News 60 Minutes II, CBS News The Early Show, United Methodist Communications, Corbis Documentaries, Hallmark Entertainment, National Geographic and numerous corporate clients. Goheen was recently appointed as a clinical instructor teaching introductory video production and visual storytelling at Loyola University’s School of Communication in Chicago.

Scott Rensberger is a freelance television reporter, photographer and editor, in Washington, DC. Rensberger is one of the most awarded journalists in the business. He’s the only person ever to win both the highest award for investigative reporting (IRE Scroll) and also be named the best news photographer in the United States (NPPA Photographer of the Year). During the past two decades, Rensberger has crossed the globe working as a video journalist. He’s worked extensively throughout Europe and has brought home stories from Central America to Asia and almost all points in between. His work has aired on dozens of networks across North America, Australia and Europe.

Beverly Chapman is a five-time Emmy award winning writer and reporter who’s worked for KMBC for over 20 years. A recipient of three prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards, Bev has also won several state and local honors for feature and investigative reporting. Her documentary work is included in the collection of the Museum of Broadcast History in Chicago. In her more than 30 years of reporting, she’s worked as an anchor, weathercaster, covered sports, politics and general assignments. Some of her most high-profile stories took her to Spain, Vietnam, France, Africa, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic.

Boyd Huppert recently marked his 26th year as a reporter, including 15 years at KARE-TV in Minneapolis.   During that time Boyd has become widely known for his work as a storyteller and teacher. Boyd has presented more than 100 storytelling sessions at venues including the Poynter Institute, National Writers Workshop, Danish Broadcasting, TV New Zealand and NRK in Oslo, Norway.  He is a long-time member of the faculty at the NPPA’s Advanced Storytelling Workshop held each spring at Texas State University – San Marcos. Boyd’s work has earned some of broadcast journalism’s top honors, including a national Emmy, the National Headliner Grand Award, two national Sigma Delta Chi awards, and six National Edward R. Murrow Awards. Boyd grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin.  Prior to his arrival at KARE, he spent time at WSAW-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin, KETV in Omaha and WITI-TV in Milwaukee. Boyd and his wife Sheri have two sons, Sam and Matt, in college.

Jonathon Malat is a general assignment photojournalist at KARE-TV in Minneapolis/St. Paul. In 1998, The National Press Photographers Association awarded Jonathan the Ernie Crisp Award, recognizing him as the National Photographer of the Year. Malat has been honored with six Emmy awards and an Edward R. Murrow award. Recently Jonathan has been a speaker for the RTNDA, NATAS, SPJ, and NPPA. He has served on the faculty of the Poynter Institute and the NPPA Team Storytelling Workshop.

Michelle Michael is an award winning solo video journalist with the American Forces Network Europe. Michelle, a civilian reporter working from AFNE Headquarters in Mannheim, Germany, excels in telling one person’s story in her pieces instead of focusing on an event. She was named Solo Video Journalist of the Year by the National Press Photographer’s Association in 2010, her second time earning the title.  She’s also earned honors from RTDNA and the Associated Press. Her work is routinely picked up by CNN International. She graduated from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

Pat Holloway is an award winning photojournalist with WDAF-TV in Kansas City, Missouri.

Spring 2011 Video Contest

Join us Thursday for the kick-off of our Spring 2011 video contest. We will also be talking about free SXSW events you should attend and hearing from a very special guest speaker.

Free pizza!

View the contest guidelines below.

nppa vid contest

NPPF Scholarship Application Deadline Is March 7

The National Press Photographers Foundation has opened its scholarship process using a new Web site and online application procedure for 2011, and seven $2,000 scholarships will be awarded, NPPF treasurer Frank Folwell announced. They have one scholarship for an undergraduate TV News student. Last year they had no entries for that particular scholarship. See more information at:

Note that a recommendation from a faculty adviser is mandatory. Professor Nolan is the faculty adviser for the Texas State Chapter of the NPPA.

Platypus Workshop Day 3

Dirck Halstead talks to students about sequencing and storytelling during the third day of the Platypus workshop at Texas State.

Dirck Halstead (left) discusses how to approach a video story with Elisabeth Fall and Jack Hubbard.

Elisabeth Fall (right) and Jack Hubbard listen to a critical session during the Platypus workshop.

Lee Rector listens to a key point in the sequencing process.

Dudley Harris listens to a Platypus presentation.

Lee Rector (right) and Shari Hambleton listen to a key point in the sequencing process during the Platypus workshop.

Captured in the glow of a projector Platypus director Dirck Halstead discusses the shooting process.

Julia Xanthos from New York Daily News listens to a Platypus presentation at Texas State University.

Platypus student Misty Keasler listens to an instruction session during the 2011 Platypus workshop.

Students shooting sequences

Platypus participant Joyce Wellman shoots a variety of shots of a Texas State student working with clay on a wheel. The shots will be used later for editing a sequence in Final Cut Pro.

Platypus student Dudley Harris takes a break from shooting sequences and gets his hands dirty spinning clay.

Platypus DSLR Video Workshop Schedule

2011 Platypus schedule

Click on the link to see a PDF of the schedule.