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CPJ’s “Election Stories 2008″ Follows Historic Campaigns

The 2008 election was one of the most highly anticipated and emotional elections in recent memory, culminating in the election of America’s first African-American president. A faltering economy and the waning popularity of the outgoing administration paved the way for a resounding Democratic victory. President-Elect Barack Obama redrew the electoral map poaching once Republican strongholds like North Carolina and Indiana. In the House and Senate, Democrats made significant gains though they fell short of a filibuster-proof majority. Perhaps more so than any other election, candidates from both parties enjoyed the unflinching support of armies of volunteers and organizers. These stories take a closer look into these campaigns and those who channel so much of their energy, passion and faith into the political candidates they support. View Election Stories 2008.

Photo by Natasha Rostovtseva

Preview: Cape Fear to Down Here, CPJW’08 at Ocean Isle Beach

This year’s Carolina Photojournalism Workshop site isn’t quite cooked all the way but it’s really, really close. Click here to view a map with story previews from this year’s site. In producing this year’s mix of stories, we kept a slightly tighter radius than last year’s Smoky Mountain Stories. But, as you can see from the map, we had students working on assignments as far north as Wilmington and we even encroached into South Carolina for the first time in workshop history. Enjoy the previews and expect an official release very shortly.

Google Maps API by Chris Carmichael
Inspired by Kelly Marks excellent Franklin Street Stories

Carolina Photojournalism Publishes Documentary Site Andaman Rising

Photojournalists Rising from Andaman Rising-Thailand on Vimeo.

UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism & Mass Communication announces the release of, a collection of 15 student-produced multimedia stories about life in southern Thailand after the 2004 Asian tsunami.

The site’s debut follows a month-long foreign reporting assignment in which 14 journalism students traveled to the province of Phang-nga, Thailand to explore some of the most intimate corners of Thai society.

Based out of a village next to the Andaman Sea, students used photos, audio, video, graphics and design to craft cultural snapshots of a region that has risen above tragedy. Working with a team of Thai translators, they documented the story of a teenage cross-dresser in a traditional Muslim community, the narrative of an illegal immigrant family from Myanmar, and the spiritual transformation of a young monk.

Congratulations to all the students involved and a special thanks to all the wonderful families in Thailand who generously allowed us a glimpse into their lives.

Additional photos are available on Flickr.

Smoky Mountain Stories: CPJW 2007 from Waynesville, NC

Nestled amongst some of Appalachia’s tallest peaks, the scenic lands surrounding Waynesville, NC figure prominently in our state’s cultural identity — as much for the people as for the majesty of the hazy hilltops. These hills have shaped many distinctive North Carolina traditions, from mountain ballads to moonshine. While the region is rapidly changing, the rugged wildness of the mountains and autonomous spirit of the residents still thrive. During the 4th annual Carolina Photojournalism Workshop, 14 students from the University of North Carolina, under the guidance of some of the region’s finest photojournalists and multimedia producers, explored the culture and traditions of North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains.

Click here to view the site.


Smoky Mountain Stories was awarded a silver medal prize in the team multimedia category during the 62nd College Photographer of the Year competition in 2007 as well as a silver in 2007 SNDies contest.

Congratulations to everyone involved with the project: Pat Davison, Jason Arthurs, Nathan Clendenin, Melissa Lyttle, Gary O’brien, Scott Sharpe, Tracey Trumbull, Chris Carmichael, Miranda Harple, Kat Kogue, Kent Kessinger, Ricky Leung, Joanne McVerry, Abby Metty, Allie Mullin, Courtney Potter, Logan Price, Maggie Sartin, Sabrina Short, Jenny Tenney, Traci White, Jonathan Stotts.

CPJ Documentary Site “On the Line” Explores NC Poverty

Even in the world’s most powerful economy, families are not immune from day to day financial struggle. Since the Census began tracking poverty rates in 1970, the national rate has never dropped below 11.1 percent. Today, 37 million Americans, or 12.6 percent, live under the poverty line. Many more fight to stay just above it. For some, financial woe is temporary — for others it is a lifelong battle. It begs the question: is poverty an inevitable condition in our modern global economy or can we do better?

In spring 2007, 14 journalism students from the University of North Carolina set out to shed light on the topic of economic hardship in our state. For 16 weeks, students immersed themselves in their stories. The result is a revealing and varied cross-section of stories about an immensely important and broad subject that is too often simplified.

Like many states, North Carolina’s economy is transitioning from its agricultural and manufacturing roots to a knowledge-based economy. Unfortunately, the switch from tobacco and textiles to finance and biotechnology has not been seamless. While these stories may only scratch the surface of the subject, we believe that beyond being a superb learning experience for our students, these narrative projects have the power to prompt earnest dialogue about poverty and economic hardship.

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Carolina Photojournalism’s documentary project On the Line has been awarded honorable mention honors for Best Multimedia Package in the 2008 Best of Photojournalism contest held by the National Press Photographer’s Association.

The Best of Photojournalism competition, now in its seventh year, is one of the most prestigious and competitive contests in the industry.

Click here to read the judges comments and view other winners.

On the Line also received a bronze in the 2007 SNDies competition as well as an Award of Excellence in 62nd College Photographer of Year contest.

Congratulations to all the students involved in this wonderful piece of multimedia storytelling: Julia Barker, Kate Lord, Joanne McVerry, Susannah Ray, Maggie Sartin, Traci White, Melissa Williamson, Chris Carmichael, Galen Clarke, Beth Ely, Miranda Harple, Ricky Leung, Kelly Marks, Jonathan Stotts and Crystal Street.