Monthly Archive for July, 2007

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.

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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.

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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.