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Knight Fellowship awarded to NPPA Editor Tom Burton

Jun 12, 2018

Knight Fellowship awarded to NPPA Editor Tom Burton

 
By Claire Berlin
 
ATHENS, Ohio (June 12, 2018)— Editor of the National Press Photographers Association’s (NPPA) magazine and website Tom Burton has been named the 2018-19 Knight Fellow in the Ohio University School of Visual Communication. The fellowship allows artists in their mid-career an opportunity to earn their master’s degree while teaching VisCom students.
 
Burton heard about the School of Visual Communication through word-of-mouth from his peers and was interested in the opportunities that the Knight Fellowship offered.
 
“The Knight Fellowship is a great opportunity for anyone working in visual journalism,” said Burton. “I’ve worked with many fine journalists through the years who graduated from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication and, based on their work, I know it is one of the elite programs. I’m honored to be selected and am eager to get on campus in Athens and begin the program.”
 
Burton is editor of the National Press Photographers Association’s magazine, News Photographer, and its website nppa.org. He is the former director of photography/video at the Orlando Sentinel. He directed award-winning coverage of the end of the space shuttle program and was the coordinator for courtroom pool photography from the trials of Casey Anthony and George Zimmerman. He also edited coverage at multiple sporting events including Super Bowls, BCS Football Championships, NCAA Final Four, NBA Finals and numerous NASCAR races. As a photojournalist, he is veteran of a wide range of assignments including political campaigns, natural disasters, special projects and conflict zones.
 
Burton was among the first newspaper photographers to introduce video into daily coverage and since then, he has trained journalists in multimedia journalism. He was a student at the first Platypus Workshop held at the NPPA News Video Workshop and was later a coach. He has also coached at the NPPA Multimedia Immersion and the Visual Edge workshops. He is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Florida, teaching new media, digital storytelling and multimedia writing. 
 
“The Knight Fellowship will give me the unique opportunity at this point in my career to step back and study again,” said Burton. “I want to explore how we are using the new technologies and platforms to practice journalism and tell real-world stories, especially with immersive media. I want to use this experience to not only improve my own work but to help me teach upcoming visual communicators.”
 
School of Visual Communication Associate Professor and Graduate Director Becky Sell is looking forward to having Burton share his extensive professional experience with students.
 
“We are very excited to welcome Tom Burton as this year's Knight Fellow,” said Sell. “Tom brings a wealth of knowledge from his background in the profession both as a photojournalist and director of photography, and currently an editor for the National Press Photographers Association magazine. His breadth of understanding of the field will be wonderful to have around VisCom, and we look forward to helping him with his goals of expanding his own work in forms of storytelling.”
 
To learn more about the Knight Fellow program and the School of Visual Communication, visit https://www.ohio.edu/viscom/.