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Photojournalism Conference: “The Story Next Door”

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Start: March 7, 2014
End: March 8, 2014
Venue: Allegheny College and the Meadville Community

Photo: Allegheny alumnus Richard Murphy, one of three Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists who will speak at the conference

Award-winning journalists from across the country, including three Pulitzer Prize winners, will help college students and community members document “The Story Next Door” at a two-day conference exploring community journalism in action. The conference, on March 7-8 at Allegheny College, is free and open to the public and requires no preregistration.

The storytelling component of the conference, on Friday, March 7, will be a sunrise-to-sunset multimedia documentary. Members of the community are welcome to join students from Allegheny College and Ohio University, which is partnering with Allegheny on the project, as they spread throughout Meadville to capture stories.

Students will present the results of their day’s work in “The Story Next Door,” a presentation at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. All of the conference’s presentations will be held in the Gladys Mullenix Black Theatre of the Vukovich Center for Communication Arts.

The conference schedule also includes:

• “The Adventures of an Arctic Gator: 30 Years of Alaskan Photojournalism” at 7 p.m. on Friday, with Allegheny alumnus Richard Murphy, a Pulitzer Prize winner and former director of photography at the Anchorage Daily News;
• “Putting the I in Genuine,” at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, with Preston Gannaway, an independent documentary photographer who won a Pulitzer Prize for feature photography; and
• “Only Visiting This Planet,” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, with Michael S. Williamson, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer of The Washington Post.

In addition, a panel discussion will follow Murphy’s presentation on Friday night.

Four other visiting journalists also will work alongside students and others during the three days of the conference: Stan Alost, an associate professor in the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University with more than 20 years of experience as a photo editor and photojournalist; Nicole Frugé, deputy director of photography for the San Francisco Chronicle; Larry James, who reported for the Voice of America (VOA) from more than 50 countries; and Sonja Pace, managing editor of VOA News.

The Story Next Door conference is made possible through funding from the John C. Sturtevant Memorial Lectureship and through the Women’s Studies program at Allegheny College. Additional sponsors are The Campus, Ohio University School of Visual Communication and the Scripps College of Communication.

For more information on “The Story Next Door” – or to suggest story ideas – contact Cheryl Hatch at or 814-332-3237.