Schuneman Symposium 2022
March 29-30, 2022
"Different Voices, All Human"
Presented at Ohio University by the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and the School of Visual Communication through the generous donation of R. Smith and Patricia Schuneman.
Programs are in person in Baker Center Theater and available virtually at the links below.
Tuesday, March 29
10:30 a.m. | New Perspectives from the Last Frontier
Loren Holmes, visual journalist, Anchorage Daily News
Holmes has worked at the Anchorage Daily News since 2012. Born and raised in Anchorage, he studied philosophy and environment and technology studies at Carleton College in Minnesota and photojournalism at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. In 2016, Holmes’ work was recognized with an honorable mention in the Photojournalist of the Year (Small Market) category of the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism competition, and he was a member of the team that was awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the project “Lawless” about a lack of police protection in Alaskan villages; it caused legislative changes. Holmes was also part of a team that received the 2021 Ethics in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for the project “Unheard” about sexual assault survivors in Alaska — the state with the highest reported rate of sexual assaults in the nation. He has covered the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race seven times. Holmes spent most of January aboard a crab fishing boat in the Bering Sea.
1:30 p.m. | “The Death of George Floyd”
Kyndell Harkness, assistant managing editor of diversity and community, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Richard Tsong-Taatarii, staff photographer, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Kyndell Harkness is the first assistant managing editor of diversity and community at the Star Tribune. Before stepping into this role, she was a photo editor at the paper during the time of George Floyd’s murder and the societal uprising that followed. Harkness helped coordinate on-the-ground coverage of the protests, as well as ensuring that photo selection kept community impact in mind. Because of that work, she was awarded the Jim Gordon Editor of the Year award and Newspaper Editor of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association.
Harkness has coordinated coverage of the Ryder Cup, two Olympics, the Super Bowl, college basketball’s Final Four and breaking news including Prince’s death. Before that, she spent more than two decades as a photojournalist, working 15 of those years in Minneapolis covering communities across the state. Since 2005, Harkness has taught photography at the Asian American Journalists Association’s Jcamp and recently received recognition for her support and dedication to the camp. She was the Photo Editing Chair-Best of Photojournalism for NPPA and has also led the Minnesota News Photographers Association. Harkness earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Michigan State University.
Through his documentary photography work, Richard Tsong-Taatarii brings attention to the joys and tribulations of Minnesotans as a staff photographer for the Star Tribune. In 2021, he was awarded second place in Cliff Edom’s New America for his documentation of COVID-19 on the Standing Rock Reservation, as well as an award of excellence for his large-market news portfolio.
In 2018, Tsong-Taatarii was named NPPA Best of Photojournalism large-market photographer of the year for his coverage of the Rohingya exodus, Black Lives Matter Movement and end of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Also that year, he was awarded a World Press Photo award in general news for his picture of Philando Castile’s best friend — state representative and community activist John Thompson — mourning Castile’s death.
Tsong-Taatarii also enjoys covering communities within the larger American society that escape the attention of the mainstream media. He has a Bachelor of Arts from University of California- Berkeley and a Master of Arts in Visual Communication from Ohio University.
Harkness and Tsong-Taatarii are part of the Star Tribune team the received the 2021 Breaking News Pulitzer Prize for the coverage of George Floyd’s death.
3:05 p.m. | COVID’s Hidden Toll
Daffodil Altan, “FRONTLINE” director, producer and correspondent
Altan has won an Emmy for her work on “FRONTLINE,” PBS’ flagship investigative documentary series. Most recently she directed, produced and was the correspondent for “COVID’s Hidden Toll” in 2020, the latest installment in her work exposing the hidden realities facing low-wage immigrant U.S. workers, many of whom are undocumented. The film received the 2020 Ursula and Gilbert Farfel Prize for Excellence in National/International Investigative Reporting as part of the 68th Scripps Howard Awards and was nominated in 2020 for a Peabody Award.
Altan directed, produced and was the correspondent for the Emmy-winning “Kids Caught in the Crackdown” in 2019, a collaboration with The Associated Press that examined the lasting impact on children held in U.S. custody, and “Trafficked in America” from 2018, which told the inside story of Guatemalan teens who were forced to work against their will on an Ohio egg farm, and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. She produced and directed the Emmy-nominated “Rape on the Night Shift” in 2015, which investigated the rampant sexual assault of immigrant women at work and led to legislative reform in several states.
Altan has produced print, radio and television stories for Reveal, KQED, PBS “NewsHour,” MSNBC, Telemundo, The Los Angeles Times, The OC Weekly and Mother Jones, among others. She has received recognition for her work from Harvard’s Kennedy School, Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc., The Third Coast Audio Festival, the Society of Professional Journalists, The Los Angeles Press Club and the Imagen Foundation. She is a MacArthur, IDA and Latino Public Broadcasting grantee and has a master’s degree from the University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she is also a lecturer.
Andrés Cediel, documentary filmmaker and “FRONTLINE” contributor
Cediel is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and frequent contributor to the PBS program “FRONTLINE.” His work has focused on the widespread abuse of immigrant women and children both on the job and in detention. These films – produced in collaboration with The Associated Press, ProPublica, Reveal, KQED and Univisión – have combined to receive an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Grand Prize for Journalism, twice been a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize in Investigative reporting, and nominated for multiple Emmys, among other awards. Cediel was a writer, director and producer of “COVID’s Hidden Toll” (2020); the film received the 2020 Ursula and Gilbert Farfel Prize for Excellence in National/International Investigative Reporting as part of the 68th Scripps Howard Awards and was nominated in 2020 for a Peabody Award. Cediel received a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Brown University, a master’s degree from University of California-Berkeley, and is a Professor-in-Residence at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
7 p.m. | "War Photographer" Free Screening
Location: Athena Cinema
Sponsored by Ohio University Society of Professional Journalists and Ohio University National Press Photographers Association
The great photojournalist Robert Capa said, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” James Nachtwey has been close enough for more than 20 years — a time period in which he has not missed a single war. The film follows Nachtwey for two years to hot spots including Kosovo, the West Bank, and Indonesia as he searches for a picture he thinks he can publish. A film about a committed, shy man who is considered one of the bravest and most important war photographers of our time but hardly fits the cliché of the hard-boiled war veteran. Peabody Award winner in 2003, Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature in 2001, Emmy Award nominee for cintematography in 2004, DOC AVIV winner at Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival in 2002 and Phoenix Prize winner at Cologne Conference in 2002.
Wednesday, March 30
9:40 a.m. | How I Helped Launch the First Chinese Language News App from The Economist
Wu Chen, managing director of The Economist Global Business Review
The Economist Global Business Review is the first Chinese-language news app launched by The Economist. Before launching the app, Chen was the editor of CFO China magazine. He has also worked for BusinessWeek in Hong Kong and Bloomberg News in Singapore.
Chen has a wide range of research interests. He follows closely the latest developments in regulatory changes in China, the Chinese currency renminbi (RMB) internationalization trends, best practices in innovation, and opportunities and challenges in China’s new urbanization, just to name a few.
Chen’s story on the problems involved in the process of manufacturing sector transformation in July 2008 won the Society of Asia Publishers Excellence Awards for Business Reporting in 2009. He is the author of “Transformation Mindset” published in China in 2020 and “Nexus of Business and Technology” published in August 2019.
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10:45 a.m. | Comic Storytelling in Journalism
Hannah Good, journalist and comic artist, The Washington Post
Good curates gender and identity coverage for The Washington Post. As an illustrator, she’s worked with HarperCollins Publishers, Apple TV+ and Barnes and Noble. Previously, she was social media producer at Washingtonian Magazine, and she’s a proud graduate of Western Kentucky University, where she was editor-in-chief of the Talisman magazine.
Rachel Orr, art director and comics editor, The Washington Post
Orr is a 32-year-old creative living in northwest Washington, D.C. Over the past eight years, she has worked as an art director, visual journalist and comics editor at The Washington Post. Orr is the design editor for brands that include By The Way, Launcher, Voraciously and the new hub for Gender and Identity. She leads the visual identity and social strategy for these products and works with a team of six designers. Orr is also really passionate about comic storytelling.
She graduated in 2011 from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication with a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication, majoring in informational graphics and publication design with a specialization in magazine journalism. After graduating, Orr worked a short stint in Phoenix at The Arizona Republic before moving to Washington in 2013 to work at The Post.
In her free time, Orr is a treasure hunter slingin’ thrifted goods, creating collage art and sending mail.
2 p.m. | Art Heals: The Jingle Dress Project
Eugene Tapahe, freelance photojournalist and owner, Tapahe Photography
During the first years of Eugene Tapahe’s life on the Navajo Nation, he and his grandmother lived off the land and practiced the traditional ways of their ancestors. Tapahe learned at an early age the importance of respecting, preserving and protecting that which is sacred — the land, water and nature.
He unites his love for nature and culture with his professional education in graphic design, journalism, and fine art landscape and portrait photography to create his images. Tapahe loved photography from the first time he picked up a camera. He knew he had a special gift for telling stories through his art and has a deep desire to continue to photograph the lands his ancestors once walked.
Tapahe received Best of Show and Best of Category awards for his photography at the Cherokee Indian Market in 2018 and Best of Show at The Museum of Northern Arizona in 2019. He received two International Awards of Excellence in Photography from Communication Arts magazine in 2016 and 2019, respectively. Tapahe shows his art at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Heard Museum Indian Market, Cherokee Indian Market and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. His work is featured at the Rainmaker Gallery in Bristol, England; Four Winds Gallery in Sydney, Australia; and the Alpine Art Gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Tapahe is Diné (Navajo) originally from Window Rock, Arizona. He resides in Provo, Utah, and is married to Sharon; they have two daughters, Erin and Dion. He collaborates with Erin, a journalist in her own right, to produce TikTok videos about the Jingle Dress Project, an effort to bring attention to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement.
Erin Tapahe, journalist, Tribal Business News
Erin Tapahe is Diné and graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in news media and a minor in American Indian studies. She is a breaking news reporter for Tribal Business News. Tapahe pursued journalism because she wants to write about the successes, truth and power of Native people. She continues this work and brings to light the stories of Native American people. Tapahe works with her father, photojournalist Eugene Tapahe, to produce TikTok videos about the Jingle Dress Project, an effort to bring attention to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women movement.
3:05 p.m. | Speaker Panel
Featuring the symposium's guest speakers, this session will allow panelists to ask questions of one another and give the audience an opportunity to further interact with them.
About the Donors
R. Smith Schuneman and Patricia Schuneman have given generously to journalism and visual communication programs at their alma mater by founding and funding 15 years of the Schuneman Symposium on Photojournalism and New Media. The 2022 symposium is the last.
More About the Schunemans
At Ohio University, Smith received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in photography and journalism, and Patricia earned her bachelor’s degree in education. They moved to Minnesota, where Smith earned his doctorate in mass communication research and where he taught at the University of Minnesota as a professor of journalism for 16 years. His specialty was photographic communication. They then co-founded a business, Media Loft Inc., which specializes in producing multimedia presentations for corporations. The Schunemans built Media Loft into a company with 50 employees, served a number of high-profile clients and earned many national awards for their work. They worked at Media Loft for two decades until selling it to an employee trust and then retiring from the board in 2001.