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Announcing the Launch of CPJW 2010: Little Switzerland

CPJW 2010

We’re proud to announce the launch of the 2010 Carolina Photojournalism Workshop: Little Switzerland.

In May this year, during the seventh annual Carolina Photojournalism Workshop, 19 students produced a diverse collection of stories that document life in and around the small mountain town of Little Switzerland, N.C. The base camp was located at Wild Acres, a beautiful retreat located on Pompey’s Knob, a mountain just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, at an altitude of 3,300 feet.

Situated on the edge of Pisgah National Forest, the area surrounding Little Switzerland boasts of all those things we love about western North Carolina, from scenic vistas and ancient forests to artisans and guitar-pickin’ heroes.

We welcome you to view these stories and more at

Follow CPJW 2010 in Little Switzerland

CPJW 2010
The spring semester has closed and now it’s time for the annual Carolina Photojournalism workshop, hosted this year in the mountains of western North Carolina in a little town called Little Switzerland. 19 students and 8 coaches will setup shop in the mountains this week and next, crafting multimedia stories around the area’s culture, traditions and timeless characters.

New this year students and coaches will be tweeting throughout the week: just follow the #CPJW hashtag on Twitter to stay up to date. Or better yet just visit our live updates site, which will also feature periodic photo updates. Before the content gathering begins, be sure to check out the past workshops and stay tuned for the site launch before the month’s end.

PhotoNight LVII with Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber

Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber are a husband and wife team who use still photography and cinematic video to provide compelling visuals and storytelling to editorial, non-profit and commercial clients.  Ackerman and Gruber began as newspaper photographers where they learned to be quick on their feet and nurtured the way they see the world. Since, they have won an Emmy and have worked for editorial and commercial clients around the world.

PhotoNight is an opportunity for students, professionals and enthusiasts to come together and share work.  The evening is designed to give photographers the chance to learn from each other and develop their own style.  For more information contact Chad Stevens at

Check out Ackerman Gruber Images to learn more about their work, including Jenn’s excellent Emmy award-winning piece Trapped.

  • When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday March 23
  • Where: Carroll Hall Rm 33

Photo by Jenn Ackerman from Behind the Crown.

Forging Family Against the Odds

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Rebecca and her husband, Randal, always knew they wanted to be a foster family, even with three birth children of their own. Two weeks after becoming certified as foster parents in November 2005, they had two children placed in their home. They decided to adopt the children and have since, adopted a third child. “All three of our adopted children are from horrible home lives, addiction, abuse, and everything that you could probably imagine, they’ve had in their little lives,” Rebecca said. Though they cannot foster or adopt any more children because of state laws, but hope to encourage others to adopt and provide children in need with a forever family.

Video by Jessey Dearing

Stings Target Prostitution in Durham Neighborhood

The Bull’s Eye, an area that consists of two-square miles in East Durham, is responsible for 20 percent of the city’s crime. While the predominant crimes in the area are robbery and aggravated assault, the Durham Police Department also focuses on controlling the less conspicuous crime of prostitution. As many women in the area are driven to prostitution by their addiction to crack cocaine, there are an abundance of other issues that mire women in the ongoing cycle of prostitution and addiction. Carolina Photojournalism’s Arkasha Stevenson recently rode along with DPD to document what happens when the sun goes down on the Bull’s Eye.

Video by Arkasha Stevenson