Visual journalism is an important and fulfilling career. Navigating the path from studying journalism to working in the industry can be daunting but hearing from some of the best in the business can help. Join the White House News Photographers Association for an evening of inspiration and guidance. See work by award-winning photographers, videographers, and broadcast journalists and get a chance to ask them about how they got where they are today. Join us in Room C-118 at the Howard University Cathy Hughes School of Journalism, directions below.
Beth Brown got her start in the news business right out of high school through an internship that turned into a full-time job in Norfolk, VA at the ABC affiliate in Hampton Roads. She was hired first as a Tape Operator then became an Editor and then transitioned into a Photojournalist within 3 years. In 2011 she made her move to DC where she worked for Hearst, covering Capitol Hill and The White House. Beth currently works for NBC4 as a general assignment Photojournalist in Washington DC.
Jahi Chikwendiu earned his undergraduate degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in math education from the University of Kentucky, beginning his career as a high school math instructor. His first summer break from teaching was spent as a freelance photographer for his hometown newspaper, the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader. At the end of that summer, the Herald-Leader offered him a full-time staff position. After two years, he joined the Washington Post, where he’s been a staff photographer since January of 2001.
Pamela Kirkland is an award-winning TV producer and on-air reporter for the PBS NewsHour. She joined the NewsHour in 2015 from the Washington Post where she was a video producer. Before joining the Post, she spent six years at Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s P.O.T.U.S. channel in Washington where she was a senior producer and co-host of the “Politics Powered by Twitter” program. She graduated with a degree in Political Science and Communication from the University of Pittsburgh.