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Ohio University School of Visual Communication to host judging of photojournalism contest

ATHENS, Ohio (April 4, 2006) -- Ohio University School of Visual Communication students will help with the judging of the Picture Editing division of the 5th annual National Press Photographers Association's Best of Photojournalism Contest.

The judging begins on April 5 at 4 p.m. in the Bromley Hall lobby and continues through Saturday, April 8. Judging starts at 9 a.m. Thursday to Saturday.

Featuring about 2,000 entries from newspapers and magazines across the country and from overseas, the Picture Editing division has 29 different categories and is part of the world's leading digital photojournalism contest.

Visual Communication has hosted this part of the contest since its inception because of the nationally recognized and historic significance of the school's photo editing program. All other divisions of the contest are hosted at the Poynter Institute in Florida and have been completed.

Assistant Professor of Visual Communications Stan Alost said, "This is an opportunity for the students to get to see and hear nationally recognized judges while building contacts and relationships."

Other students and community members are urged to come to the judging to see how different publications handle the same information. A number of the entries this year deal with natural disasters, including Hurricane Katrina.

For more information, contact the School of Visual Communication at (740) 593-4898 or visit http://bop.nppa.org/2006/.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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