The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) is a highly distinguished organization for photojournalists. After following the site for a few weeks now, I can say that it definitely is something that an aspiring photojournalist, like myself, should be a part of.
NPPA was founded in 1946 and since then has become a driving force in the worldwide journalism industry. Their mission statement states that the NPPA
“is dedicated to the advancement of visual journalism, its creation, training, editing and distribution, in all news media and works to promote its role as a vital public service.”
Some early struggles (and eventual breakthroughs) for the NPPA were trying to allow cameras in courtrooms, and stronger communication and relations between the government and the media. Now, NPPA runs many other programs whose beginnings were during the 40s.
The NPPA now provides national and regional workshops geared toward the training of photographers and photojournalists for both print and television.
Membership to the NPPA is open to “professional news photographers and all others whose occupation has a direct professional relationship to photojournalism” and students with serious photojournalistic aspirations.
The NPPA provides a “Code of Ethics”, that is the basis for the way they run. This provides a strong Ethos for NPPA as a credible association.
The NPPA website is very user-friendly and allows easy navigation. They have an extensive amount of resources for students, and that’s where I spent most of my time snooping. I found that the NPPA runs a blog specifically for student photojournalists called, The Visual Student, here, you will find interviews with current interns, multimedia resources, volunteer opportunities, workshop dates and locations, and opportunities to submit portfolios for critiques. I found this blog to be extremely helpful with remaining informed about the current affairs within the network of young photojournalists.
The NPPA provides scholarships for students of any age wanting to further their photographic education and resources for “Professional development” along with a myriad of other helpful resources.
The more I learn about NPPA, the more I want to become a part of it. The prices for membership are found here. Hopefully I can begin gaining experience and resources from the NPPA as soon as possible!