I've been a proud National Press Photographers Association - NPPA for years...While I never actually served time in newsrooms, I've worked hard over the years as a freelancer. When the chance came around to volunteer with the org...i jumped.
Since that time, I've gone from being a local leader here in Philadelphia, to helping out in a light support capacity at the Northern Short Course in Photojournalism to Associate Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Region...and now i'm proud to say I've been elevated to Regional Chair of the Mid-Atlantic as our current leader and good friend, Kyle Grantham has been elected as the Treasurer to our National Board.
The NPPA has been a vocal and ardent supporter of photographer's rights for more years than most of us have been alive, and continue to fight the good fight daily for our rights as photojournalists as defined in the First Amendment.
You all know i tend not to get political on Facebook (or ever really), because I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion regardless whether I agree with them or not. I do however believe that our industry is under attack, and that "this aggression will not stand, man!"
As the Mid-Atlantic Chair...I hope to be on the front lines of keeping Freedom of the Press a real thing...but even more than that, my hope is to increase our membership through personal outreach and preaching the gospel of the NPPA (a little shout out to St. Veronica...)
A lot of people think organizations like this one are a dying breed, and it’s far from true. While once upon a time, the lifeblood of NPPA was made up of strictly newsroom photographers, NPPA in the 21st is a proud mix of newsroom photographers, freelancers, and more. We have an incredible advocacy group at the NPPA that have your back for SO many things...So if you, or someone you know would benefit from becoming a member...send them my way!
Strength is in numbers, and in this day and age, we need all the numbers we can get to help fight the good fight!
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