Shauna Jackson wins 2014 Yoder Award

Jackson_ShaunaMarch 18, 2014

The National Press Photographers Foundation today congratulated Shauna Jackson as the winner of the 2014 Gordon Yoder Award for video photojournalists.

The award will allow Jackson to attend the NPPA News Video Workshop in this month at the Gaylord College of Journalism on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, OK.

Jackson currently covers the daily news of Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas for KFOR/KAUT-TV.

“I need to learn those steps that make an ordinary story in to a great story that people will remember,” Jackson wrote. “I know this can be a life and career changing opportunity for me.

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.

“I am willing to learn everything that the workshop has to offer,” wrote Jackson. “I did not come in to this business to be an average photographer, I want to be a great photographer. The only way I can become the best is to learn from the best.”

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.