photo of Madison Schmidt

The National Press Photographers Foundation congratulates Madison Schmidt as the winner of the 2016 Gordon Yoder Award for video photojournalists.

The award will allow Schmidt to attend the NPPA News Video Workshop beginning March 13 at the Gaylord College of Journalism on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, OK.

Schmidt works temporally for The Cincinnati Enquirer. She discovered the art of video journalism through video documentary courses offered by the University of Cincinnati. Through these courses, Schmidt covered the non-profits striving to rebuild Tanzania, Africa and the crumbling houses in rural Greenwood, Mississippi. From these experiences Schmidt strives to, “…explore worlds outside our own and share them with the public at large because we know how much these stories matter. “The Gordon Yoder NPPF News Video Workshop Award will help support my larger vision of what I can accomplish as a photo and video journalist, and allow me to focus my work efforts where my passion lies — behind the camera,” she wrote.

The NPPA News Video Workshop builds the fundamental skills needed to tell strong, clear, and compelling video news stories. A week of intense learning and powerful critiques enhance gathering, editing, writing, and presenting stories.

The $1,000 award, established by G. Gordon Yoder, is designed to help cover tuition and expenses for the Workshop.

NPPA Sprague Award-winner G. Gordon Yoder was a combat correspondent and photographer in Korea and a network photojournalist covering news, including the civil rights movement in 1950’s and 1960’s. He designed and manufactured the innovative 16mm Yoder Sound Camera, which became an industry standard for television stations and networks.