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School of Visual Communication names Knight Fellow

ATHENS, Ohio (May 27, 2004) -- The School of Visual Communication (VisCom) at Ohio University has selected Annie O'Neill of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to be the Knight Fellow in Newsroom Graphics Management for the 2004-2005 academic year.

A staff photographer at the Pittsburgh newspaper, O'Neill began work there in 1995. She previously worked as a photographer at the Detroit News and had several photo internships after completing her bachelor's degree at the University of Missouri.

O'Neill's work as a photographer and editor has received wide acclaim, winning top honors in competitions sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists, Society for News Design and National Press Photographers Association. She has twice been named the Pennsylvania Photographer of the Year and has received numerous awards from regional and local professional organizations.

In 2001, O'Neill published a book, "Unquiet Ruin: A Photographic Excavation," which illustrated the physical strength of a gutted factory building in Pittsburgh's Strip District, the graffiti canvas it had become and the homeless people who seek shelter in its empty spaces. She has also had images included in photo exhibitions in Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

As a Knight Fellow, O'Neill will share her expertise with students in various VisCom courses, complete work toward a Master of Arts Degree in Photography and teach selected courses in the undergraduate program.

O'Neill will be the 13th fellowship recipient in the program supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The fellowship first was supported by contributions of $100,000 in 1996 and 1998, which funded the fellowship on an annual basis. In 2001, as part of Ohio University's Bicentennial Campaign, the Knight Foundation committed $550,000 to support the fellowship -- $75,000 provided annual support for three years and the remaining $475,000 established a permanent endowment that will support the fellowship in perpetuity.

The Bicentennial Campaign - which has raised more than $203 million, surpassing its goal of raising $200 million to celebrate the university's bicentennial in 2004 - will provide money for scholarships, endowed professorships, technological enhancements, innovative programs and selected capital improvements.

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Media Contact: School of Visual Communication Director Terry Eiler, (740) 593-4895 or eiler@ohio.edu

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