Friday, March 05, 2010

Kentucky pair's multimedia tobacco story wins Pictures of the Year International award

Alvin Stamper, the winner of the 2009 Garrard County Tobacco Cutting Competition, and most of the recent ones, cuts and spears burley tobacco. Photo by David Stephenson.

Pictures of the Year International has honored David Stephenson, Kentucky Kernel photo adviser and former Lexington Herald-Leader photographer, with first place in its "News story - multimedia" category for 2009. The winning project, "Cutting through the competition," below, is a multimedia report by Stephenson and Herald-Leader reporter Amy Wilson about a tobacco-cutting contest in a state that no longer relies on the crop. It originated from their preparation for Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues seminars in October about storytelling.

IRJCI photo: Stephenson looks on as Beattyville Enterprise Editor Edmund Shelby interviews Enterprise employee Cheryle Walton during the first workshop of Foothills in Focus, a project to help weekly papers in Appalachian Kentucky adopt multimedia. Stephenson started the instruction with audio, which is essential for good video. The Foothills in Focus project is funded by the McCormick Foundation.
Cutting Through the Competition from David Stephenson on Vimeo.

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