The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism is accepting applications for the second year of the Southern Mississippi Photojournalism Project.
Ten students will be selected to join the project and attend weekend workshops conducted by several of the world’s top photojournalists Jan. 5-8 and March 26-28, 2010. Mississippi high school juniors, seniors, as well as junior college and university students, are eligible to apply.
The School of Mass Communication and Journalism received a $55,000 grant from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation to support the project, which is headed by Clarence Williams, photojournalist in residence. Williams won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography when he was a staff photographer at The Los Angeles Times.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity for these students,” Dr. Chris Campbell, director of the School of Mass Communication and Journalism, said. “They’re getting some first-rate instruction, and they’ll be working on stories of real significance. What an excellent way to get a photojournalism career started.”
The project brings members of the Iris Photo Collective to the Southern Miss campus to work with the students. The collective is made up of Williams and three other highly respected photographers: Andre Chung, a photographer who has worked for the Chicago Sun-Times, Baltimore Sun and won the George Polk and Robert F. Kennedy journalism awards; Carl Juste, a photographer for the Miami Herald and also a Kennedy award-winner; and Pablo Martinez Monsivais, a photographer for the Associated Press Washington Bureau, where he was part of a photography group that won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for coverage of the impeachment process during the Clinton administration.
The project is designed to allow students to work on stories about social justice issues, including poverty, racism, inadequate public education and substance abuse. Students’ work is published on the project’s Web site, which can be viewed at: http://www.usm.edu/usmphotoproject/.
“We formed the Iris Photo Collective because the four of us share a passion for social justice, and we believe that photojournalism has the potential to affect important societal changes,” Williams said.
Applications and additional information about the project can be found on the School of Mass Communication and Journalism Web site at http://www.usm.edu/mcj. For more information, contact Dr. Campbell at
or call 601-266-6283.
Southern Miss photojournalism major Eli Bayliss works with Miami Herald photographer Andre Juste during the March 2009 Southern Mississippi Photojournalism Project workshop. (Submitted photo)
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