Final VTF Photo Room Schedule, no really, this is it!

Monday, July 30 – Saturday, August 4:

STUDENT PROJECT

Newsroom: South Convention Center, Level 2, rooms Lagoon A & B

Photo and multimedia students publish daily newspaper and multimedia about the Unity Convention.

Professionals: please come by Student Project to help mentor students during week.

Staff: Carlos Gonzalez, San Francisco Chronicle photographer, (cgonzalez@sfchronicl…)
Special thanks: Leila Navidi, Las Vegas Sun, NPPA Region 10 Director, leila@lasvegassun.co…

Photo staff:
Josh Morgan, , AAJA, University of Arizona (jfpmorganj@gmail.com)
Keith Perfetti, NAHJ, University of Arizona, perfetti@email.arizo…
Santee Ross, NAJA,
Stacy Thacker, NAJA, University of Montana, stacyslacker@gmail.c…
Kateri Town, NAJA, Seattle University, townk@seattleu.edu

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Thursday, August 2:

WORKING IN COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENT – PHOTOJOURNALISTS IN THE NEWSROOM

10:45am to 12pm – South Convention Center, Level 2, photo room Breakers J

TOPIC: Three award-winning multimedia journalists will talk about what photojournalists need to know about reporting visual stories from the perspective of shooting and editing. This session will help photographers learn about techniques and the collaborative process of engaging readers/viewers in our emerging journalism landscape.

SPEAKERS:
-Dai Sugano is senior multimedia editor at the San Jose Mercury News. He covers a wide range of assignments that have included: rising economic inequality in China, poverty in India, Hmong refugees’ immigration to the U.S., the California recall, and a documentary on a mixed immigration status family. “Uprooted,” which looks at displacement of a group of mobile home residents in Sunnyvale, Calif., received a national Emmy Award in New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming. He will be moderator. (daisugano@gmail.com)
-Andrew DeVigal is multimedia editor for the New York Times. He oversees a staff of multimedia producers and helps direct the presentation of multimedia. He is an innovative leader in visual journalism and interactive storytelling. (andrew.devigal@gmail…)
-Ben de la Cruz is a multimedia editor for science, health, environment and food coverage for NPR. For 12 years he was documentary video producer, reporter and editor for the Washington Post. (bendelacruz@gmail.co…)

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HANDS-ON SESSION FOR FINAL CUT, VIDEO FOR THE WEB & MULTIMEDIA/PHOTO CRITIQUE SESSION
12:15pm to 2pm – South Convention Center, Level 2, photo room Breakers J

TOPIC: This is a lunchtime workshop. No lecture. No lunch provided. Bring your laptop and get instructed one-on-one with a professional multimedia photographer/producer/editor. They will talk about Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and Final Cut X and maybe Adobe Premier. Shooting video for the web. Have multimedia work or photo portfolio critiqued.

SPEAKERS:
-Dai Sugano is a senior multimedia editor at the San Jose Mercury News. He covers a wide range of assignments which have included: rising economic inequality in China, poverty in India, Hmong refugees’ immigration to the U.S., the California recall, and a documentary on a mixed immigration status family. “Uprooted,” which looks at displacement of a group of mobile home residents in Sunnyvale, Calif., received a national Emmy Award in New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming. He will be moderator. (daisugano@gmail.com)
-Ben de la Cruz is a multimedia editor for science, health, environment and food coverage for NPR. For 12 years he was documentary video producer, reporter and editor for the Washington Post. (bendelacruz@gmail.co…)
-Richard Koci Hernandez joined the faculty at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism where he teaches various New Media courses, including Mobile Reporting. He is a national Emmy® award-winning video and multimedia producer. He worked as a photographer at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. (richardkocihernandez…)
-Conner Jay is a staff photographer and multimedia journalist at the Daily Republic newspaper in Fairfield, California. He is a former photographer for the Salinas Californian newspaper. He was recently named the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association’s Newspaper Photographer of the Year for his work in 2011. (jay@pathosphoto.com)
-Yvonne Leow is a freelance multimedia journalist in Phoenix. She was a multimedia producer/editor for the Association Press in Phoenix and at the Seattle Times. (yvonnetleow@gmail.co…)
-Abe Mendoza is a cameraman for ABC7 KGO-TV in San Francisco. He specializes in sports. He is also contest director for the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association. Mendoza has been mentoring NAHJ students for several years. (abecam@yahoo.com)

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INSTAGRAM: THE RISE OF SOCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
2:15pm to 3:30pm – South Convention Center, Level 2, photo room Breakers J

TOPIC: How apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram fit into a photojournalist’s workflow. Richard Koci Hernandez will discuss how it applies to social media, branding and mobile journalism. He will also share his “secrets” on making images using mobile phones. Hernandez, is one of the most popular photojournalists on Instagram with more than 140,000 followers.

SPEAKER: Richard Koci Hernandez joined the faculty at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism where he teaches various New Media courses, including Mobile Reporting. He is a national Emmy award-winning video and multimedia producer. He worked as a photographer at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. (richardkocihernandez…)

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LOOKING FOR THAT JOB AS A VISUAL MULTIMEDIA JOURNALIST/
RESOURCES YOU WILL NEED ONCE YOU GET THAT JOB
3:45pm to 5pm – South Convention Center, Level 2, photo room Breakers J

TOPIC: Finding a job/internship in multimedia. Skills you need to develop to market yourself as a multimedia journalist. Resources you will need to find that career. Once you get that job what kind of resources you will need to do the job. Workshop will also deal with freelance visual multimedia journalist. This session deals with exactly what gear is needed for photographers who are shooting for web. What multimedia equipment is needed on a limited budget. Better time management to work on your multimedia pieces. This is mostly for the smaller market photographer with a limited budget.

SPEAKERS:
-Conner Jay is a staff photographer and multimedia journalist at the Daily Republic newspaper in Fairfield, California. He is a former photographer for the Salinas Californian newspaper. He was recently named the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association’s Newspaper Photographer of the Year for his work in 2011. He will be moderator. (jay@pathosphoto.com)
-Ben de la Cruz is a multimedia editor for science, health, environment and food coverage for NPR. For 12 years he was documentary video producer, reporter and editor for the Washington Post. (bendelacruz@gmail.co…)
-Richard Koci Hernandez joined the faculty at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism where he teaches various New Media courses, including Mobile Reporting. He is a national Emmy® award-winning video and multimedia producer. He worked as a photographer at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. (richardkocihernandez…)
-Dai Sugano is a senior multimedia editor at the San Jose Mercury News. His multimedia project “Uprooted,” which looks at displacement of a group of mobile home residents in Sunnyvale, Calif., received a national Emmy Award in New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming. (daisugano@gmail.com)

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VISUAL TASK FORCE PHOTO DINNER

7pm
Tamba Indian Cuisine buffet
3743 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas 89109

When you arrive at restaurant, tell them you are with Unity VTF. Then you will be escorted to our private room.

Price: $25 (cash preferred) – includes tax and tip and soft drinks. Alcoholic drinks pay server directly.
Pay James Yee. Student photographers free.
No RSVP

Located in the Hawaiian Marketplace
second floor
back of Marketplace
About $8 cab ride
If you want to share cab, meet at taxi stand at 6:45pm.
1.5 mile walk in front of Polo Towers across from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel

restaurant: 702-798-7889
www.tambalounge.com/

RSVP info and more info,
James Yee
317-640-1873
fotoguyf16@mac.com

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Friday August 3:

LIVE STUDENT PHOTOGRAPHY/MULTIMEDIA PORTFOLIO CRITIQUE SESSION
10:45am to noon – South Convention Center, Level 2, photo room Breakers J

TOPIC: Photography and Multimedia students will have their portfolio critiqued live in an open environment by photographers, photo editors and photo educators. Students will show their work. The professionals will then help guide them in their future in photography and multimedia. Ideas for internships will be offered. The audience will also have an opportunity with ideas for students. If you are a student photographer and would like your work critiqued, please come to this meeting. At past conventions, students were offered internships after showing their work.

CRITIQUERS:
-Stan Honda is a staff photographer for Agence France Presse (AFP) in New York. He will be moderator. (stanhonda@gmail.com)
-Thomas Cheng is a photo editor for Agence France Presse (AFP) in Washington D.C. (tcbackup23@hotmail.c…)
-Mark Damon is Director of Photography at the Las Vegas Review. (MDamon@reviewjournal…)
-Kenny Irby is Senior Faculty, Director of Community Relations & Diversity Programs at the Poynter Institute. (irbyman@poynter.org)
-Conner Jay is a staff photographer and multimedia journalist at the Daily Republic newspaper in Fairfield, California. (jay@pathosphoto.com)

STUDENT PARTICIPANTS – more to come:
Fernanda Lopez, San Jose State (fer.lopez1990@gmail….)
Melissa Rios, San Jose State (melissarios427@aol.c…)
Jessica Savage, San Jose State (savage.jessica17@gma…)
James Tensuan, San Jose State (james.tensuan@gmail….)

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PHOTO FOR NON-PHOTOGRAPHERS
10:45am to 12pm – South Convention Center, Level 2, room Breakers F (not in photo room)

Topic: Learn the basics of photography composition. This session will show you the difference between a photo and an image that tells a story. Learn how to become a visual storyteller whether you’re using a point-and-shoot or your mobile phone.

Speakers:
Natalie Guillen, Santa Fe New Mexican photographer (natalie.guillen@gmai…)
Alex Wong, Getty Images photographer (alexwongcw@yahoo.com)
Greg Yamamoto, Honolulu Freelance photographer, (gyamamoto@gmail.com)

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FINDING UNTOLD VISUAL STORIES IN MULTIMEDIA/VIDEO: DEALING WITH THE DIFFERENCE
2:15pm to 3:30pm – South Convention Center, Level 2, photo room Breakers J

TOPIC: In this session, learn how to broaden your visual storytelling options and awareness. Come explore the key to achieving innovative ideas through an expanded understanding of diversity. Kenny Irby’s session promises to open doors to new story ideas, partnership, audiences and potential revenue streams for the visual journalist.

SPEAKER: Kenny Irby is Senior Faculty, Director of Community Relations & Diversity Programs For the Poynter Institute. (irbyman@poynter.org)

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JAPAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF USING PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO
345pm to 5pm – South Convention Center, Level 2, photo room Breakers J

TOPIC: Freelance photographer Darrell Miho has been documenting the lives of survivors with photographs and video to help provide direct aid to the victims from the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. He co-founded the benefit “Ai Love Japan” that documents the survival stories for relief aid for the victims. (www.ailovejapan.org)

SPEAKER: Darrell Miho is a freelance photographer and writer in Los Angeles. (miho@darrellmiho.com)

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AAJA PHOTO SILENT AUCTION
5:30pm to 6:50pm at the AAJA Gala Banquet – room Islander F & G

About 50 framed and autographed photographs by AAJA photographers will be auctioned off during the AAJA Silent Auction to benefit photo student scholarships.

Display: You can view a selection of photographs at Career Fair on Thursday only.

Organizer: Corky Lee is a freelance photographer in New York City. He specializes is Asian American events. He is also the curator for the AAJA Photo Auction at the National Convention. (corkylee_photo@yahoo…)

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Saturday, Aug 4:

UNITY PHOTOSHOOTOUT DEADLINE AND LIVE JUDGING MEETING
9:15am to 10:30am – South Convention Center, Level 2, photo room Breakers J

TOPIC: The Unity PhotoShootOut is a Live photography competition held during the Unity convention. This year’s theme will be “HOT, HOT, HOT.” About $1,000 in photography prizes will be awarded.

DEADLINE: 9:15 am, Saturday, August 4 in South Convention Center, Level 2, photo room Breakers J

LIVE JUDGING: We will have a live judging Saturday, Aug. 4 starting at 9:15am to 10:30am in Photo Room. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at this meeting. Winners need not present to win.

AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT: The top 15 winners will receive a prize (minimum prize value $20). Winners will receive about $1,000 in photography prizes.

PHOTO RULES: Only those registered for the Unity Convention are eligible. Participants can start shooting as soon as they arrive in Las Vegas. Submit a maximum of five (5) photos any size. Place caption information in “File Info” in Photoshop. Your name/cell/email must be in the “File Info”. Save .jpg with entrant’s last name only. Be sure to include your name, email address and cell phone number/room number so we can contact you during the convention. Submit entries in Photo Room on media CD, CF, SD only. No email entries will be accepted. Instagr.am photos are eligible if they are turned in on media CD, CF or SD only. Volunteers will help anyone with their images before deadline in the Photo Room.

CASINO SHOOTING: You can NOT shoot inside casinos without written permission from the hotel manager. Written permission must accompany entry.

Organizers:
-Paul Sakuma is a staff photographer for the Associated Press in San Francisco. psakuma@aol.com)
-Susan S. Choi is a freelance fashion & lifestyle photographer based in Boston. (choi_susan@hotmail.c…)
-Natalie Guillen is staff photographer for the Santa Fe New Mexican. (natalie.guillen@gmai…)
-Corky Lee is a freelance photographer in New York City. (corkylee_photo@yahoo…)
-James Yee is a freelance photographer in Indianapolis. (fotoguyf16@mac.com)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER NICK UT – 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF HISTORIC NAPALM GIRL PHOTO
10:45am to 12pm – South Convention Center, Level 2, photo room Breakers J

TOPIC: Nick Ut will talk about his historic photo of the Napalm Girl. Ut captured the image of nine-year-old Kim Phuc Phan Thi during the Vietnam War on June 8, 1972. He will talk about his association with Kim for 40 years. He has lectured around the world about his historic photo that he feels helped end the war in Vietnam.

SPEAKER: Nick Ut is a staff photographer in Los Angeles. He has had a long and excellent journalism career spanning forty years. The subjects he captures are from the historical to the Hollywood elite. His photojournalism career started when he was just sixteen years old, taking photos of the Vietnam War. He is best known for his 1973 historical, Pulitzer Prize winning photo of a naked nine-year-old girl running away from a napalm attack. Since 1977 he has continued to take photos for the AP in the Los Angeles bureau, specializing in Hollywood and celebrity mania. (nut@ap.org)

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VISUAL TASK FORCE PHOTO LUNCHEON WITH NICK UT:

12:30pm Saturday August 4
Slice Of Vegas Pizza restaurant
Located in “Shoppes At Mandalay Place” between Mandalay Bay and Luxor Hotels. Shopping area is located past House of Blues Restaurant in corridor to the Luxor Hotel. Last restaurant on your left before Luxor Hotel.

When you arrive at restaurant, tell them you are with Unity VTF. Then you will be escorted to the back room.

Price: $20 (cash preferred) – includes tax and tip and soft drinks. Alcoholic drinks pay server directly.
Pay James Yee. Student photographers free.
No RSVP

Restaurant: 702-632-6470
www.sliceofvegaspizz…

RSVP info and more info,
James Yee
317-640-1873
fotoguyf16@mac.com

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SPORTS GALLERY – CANCELLED

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VISUAL TASK FORCE PHOTO DINNER

6:30pm – meet at Mandalay Bay taxi stand
7pm dinner
Sura Korean BBQ Buffet (all you can eat)
4480 Spring Mountain Road #400, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Restaurant phone: 702-365-9888
www.yelp.com/biz/sur…
Cost – $22 per person. Photo Students free (must show photo student ID)
RSVP to: fotoguyf16@mac.com

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More detailed schedule: www.unityconvention….

Paul Sakuma
psakuma@aol.com
www.aajaphoto.org
Facebook: AAJA Photo