Hope Davison, an undergraduate from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, won the NPPF TV scholarship.
Since I have entered into the photojournalism program at UNC one year ago, I have had the opportunity to participate in many extracurriculars, events and a summer internship. In the 2018 Carolina Sports Photography Workshop, I won the 1st and 3rd place in the “Photo Package” category in addition to Best of Show. This year, my work was awarded 1st and 2nd place in the “Portrait” category in the school’s 37th Frame Photojournalism Exhibition. I also produced my first video in May at the Carolina Photojournalism Workshop, a week and a half long course. During my internship this summer at Colby College in Maine, I worked with the Communications department to create photo and video content for the College’s main channels. The work I produced in the three photojournalism classes I took before this semester also allowed me to do an internship with UNC’s Communications department as a multimedia producer, where I am currently employed.
As a Global Studies and Journalism double major, I hope to use the skills I learned from my education to work as a photo and videographer for either a news or non-profit organization. It is my goal as a storyteller to focus on human-centered stories about issues or topics which may be unknown to the media but are stories that should be told. Whether it takes me right next door or across the world, I would like to help create a deeper understanding between people through my documentary work.
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I work for the Office of Communications at UNC and worked on producing student profile videos this semester. This is a student profile about Emma DeMartino, who is the president of the Carolina Helping Paws club at UNC.
Project role: Videographer, Editor, Writer
Farming runs in the family for John and Betty Sue Yow, having both grown up on a farm within their own families and eventually taking over the family business as a married couple of 58 years. The 305 acres of land which they reside on now originally belonged to Betty Sue’s grandfather and has been in the family for over 230 years. Once a dairy farm, the Yows now raise grass-fed cattle and sell Angus beef at local farmers markets during the week. With John’s deteriorating health, they have had to rely more on their two sons to maintain the farm. “This is a family farm. We hope that somebody will continue to farm it,” says Betty Sue.
Basically Saving the Frogs
“I’m so glad I go to an institution which allows me to have these opportunities,” says Biology major Laura Sokoloski ’21, who spent the summer with Emily Cunningham ’21, Ming Fung ’21, and Professor of Biology Catherine Bevier researching Green Frogs and how the chytrid fungus impacts them.
Watch as their research takes them to Allen Island, a private 450-acre former fishing island, now a learning laboratory for Colby students across multiple subject areas.
Project role: I was co-producing this video with one other intern at Colby College, so we both shot and edited.
Friday night lights for Northwood High School football have historically been a crowd drawer for the residents of Pittsboro, NC. The football team, which hasn’t seen a consistent record for either wins or losses in the past few years, started the 2019 season with new coaches Cullen Homolka and Tobias Palmer. After the team started with a disappointing 0-3 streak, they began to look promising as a competitive team for the playoffs when they won the next four games back to back. After losing the next three games in a row after that, the dream of making the playoffs started to fade. Although many seniors were disappointed, wanting to finish their last football season strong, they were also looking forward to starting new seasons in different sports since almost all of the players are two- or four- sport athletes. “I felt like we kind of found our identity, but then also I felt like we took steps back when we should have been taking a lot more steps forward,” said Palmer, a former NFL player and Northwood alum. “It’s kind of in-between. I feel like guys right now, they want to win, they want to compete on Fridays, but it’s about trying to find that way of being able to finish at the end, whatever we need to finish. It can be tough, but it’s football.”
Jeffery Warren, founder and owner of Signature Kutz, says he tries to make the Durham-based barber shop feel “homey, real comfortable. Like a living room.” Since 2010, the four barbers of Signature Kutz have been providing haircuts to the local community and beyond. Warren describes East Durham as a place that has seen significant revitalization in the past few decades, which has in turn made the barber shop a safer place. Much of the surrounding neighborhoods have many low-income and single-parent households, says Warren, so the barbershop adjusts its prices to make haircuts accessible to all families. “Seeing kids grow up from a baby, when dad bring their sons in, you’ll see them grow up, and then see their sons grow up, until they graduate from highschool too,” says Warren. “Building relationships with the customers, to me that’s the best part of it.”
A lover of stories and admirer of old things, Ken Welborn appeals to the rich roots of his community by writing columns for his weekly newspaper and welcoming people into his office at The Record, an antique collector’s heaven.
Besides saving old things to keep in his “poor man’s museum”, Ken also likes to have conversations with visitors about deeper issues, such as alcoholism. He hopes to help his community by telling stories of his own struggle as a former alcohol addict, as well as suggesting outside help and resources to those who may be going through something similar.
“That’s where the little newspaper comes in handy… they don’t have to come in my office to have these conversations. You don’t have to come off to maybe be a blessing to somebody.”
Through his weekly columns in The Record, he tries to expand his impact beyond the walls of his office. His columns include stories about various objects in his office, personal opinions, stories from his past, and community events.
Project role: Videographer, Editor