SIU NPPA has been named Outstanding NPPA Student Chapter of the Year!



“The Outstanding NPPA Student Chapter this year is the student organization at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. The students rallied to document a tornado that went through their region and produced a book called “4:56 a.m. The Story of the February 29, 2012 Tornado.” Their book raised nearly $20,000 which the students elected to give back to the storm-damaged community. ”

Here’s a story on the NPPA Blog about SIU NPPA winning:

Here’s a story on The Saluki Times about SIU NPPA winning here:


SIU NPPA Hosts Fundraiser


SIU NPPA hosted our first fundraiser of the new year on Monday! We deposited our earnings into our RSO account and plan to host a fundraising ‘lunch table’ every 2 weeks in the communications building. We had a great turnout and strong reaction to our hot dogs and cake pops! We’re hoping to build up our account to cover costs for our trip to Northwestern for the IPPA Midwest Summit and other trips we plan on taking as a group.


SIU NPPA Congratulates Sam Means for placing in the Hearst Multimedia Competition

SIU NPPA Congratulates Sam Means from the SIUC Photo department for placing in the Hearst Multimedia Competition.

Sam received 10th place for producing a multimedia presentation showcasing Arnette’s Barbershop in Carbondale, IL.

To view his award winning piece, click the video above.

Fantastic Job Sam! Congratulations!


SIU NPPA Featured on “The Visual Student”


Congratulations to SIU NPPA and the SIUC Photojournalism department for being featured on The Visual Student for their work on 4:56 A.M. The Story of The February 29, 2012 Tornado.

Bettina Hansen wrote a fantastic article telling the story of how our SIU photo students approached the natural disaster. The article features insight from former student Steve Matzker, Assistant Professor Mark Dolan, and current student Danielle McGrew.

Click the above image or the link below to view the story on The Visual Student.


SIU NPPA 2012-2013 T-Shirts



SIU NPPA Hosts Strobe Workshop


Our first workshop of the year was focused on strobes. Our very own Mark Dolan lead the workshop where we learned how to operate both Nikon and Canon strobes.


We learned about basic function including front and rear-curtain sync, how to bounce light, and slave mode – as well as working strobes with a slow shutter speed.


We finished the night with a field trip at the local Dairy Queen where we practiced photographing neon!


SIU Students Win at IPPA: Brooke Stevens named Student Photographer of the Year


Congratulations to the SIU Photojournalism students who placed in the IPPA Best of Student Photojournalism competition! SIU students were awarded a total of 14 awards, more than any other school that entered!

Special recognition goes to Brooke Stevens for being named Student Photographer of the Year!

List of Winners:

Brooke Stevens

  • 1st Place, Student Photographer of the Year
  • 3rd Place, Picture Story
  • 2nd Place, News
  • 1st Place, Feature
  • 1st Place, Sports Feature
  • 2nd Place, Portrait/Personality

Jennifer Gonzalez

  • Honorable Mention, Pictorial

Steve Matzker

  • 1st Place, Pictorial
Danielle McGrew
  • Honorable Mention, Pictorial

Genna Ord

  • 1st Place, News
  • Honorable Mention, Feature

Issac Smith

  • 3rd Place, Pictorial
  • Honorable Mention, Feature
  • Honorable Mention, Portrait/Personality

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