October 26, 2021

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4 OHIO alumni earn Pulitzer Prize recognition

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4 Ohio University alumni had been element of 2021 Pulitzer Prize-successful groups, introducing to the various Bobcats who have been identified by the prestigious award before.

Kevin Martin (’09) and Richard Tsong-Taatarii (’17) were being graduates of the Scripps School of Communication’s University of Visual Conversation and both aspect of the images personnel at the Minneapolis Star Tribune that received a Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News for its protection of the murder of George Floyd. Frank Franklin II, a non-degree alumnus, was component of the Affiliated Push images workers that won the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking Information Reporting for coverage throughout U.S. metropolitan areas that captured the nationwide response to the murder of Floyd, and Mykal McEldowney (’07), also a graduate of the Scripps Faculty of Communication’s University of Visual Conversation, supplied visible reporting for the Indianapolis Star’s investigation into police doggy bites that won the Pulitzer Prize in Countrywide Reporting.

“Journalism is important to the achievement of a democracy,” Stan Alost, professor in the School of Visible Interaction, stated. “And in a time when misinformation and propaganda stream freely, owning alumni undertaking the really hard get the job done of reporting the facts, tough as they may perhaps be, is inspiring. I am so happy of Frank Franklin for his work for the Associated Push covering situations in New York Mykal McEldowney for heading guiding the scenes of law enforcement canine training to generate a collection of informative pictures for his Pulitzer Richard Tsong-Taatarii for wading into the conflict and chaos in Minneapolis to create highly effective photos that place audiences into the scene and Kevin Martin for being one of the image editors orchestrating the coverage and the screen of the Minneapolis team’s visuals. All of these folks have been ready to place them selves on the line physically and emotionally for their audiences. I could not be much more happy of them, and to have them as portion of the VisCom relatives.”

Each calendar year, additional than 2,500 journalism entries are submitted to the Pulitzer Prize level of competition, with only 21 awards usually currently being awarded in the journalism class. The entries might be manufactured by any person centered on content coming from a United States newspaper, journal or news web site that publishes routinely through the calendar calendar year and adheres to the best journalistic principles.

“It feels good to be aspect of the Breaking Information winning crew,” Tsong-Taatarii stated. “Prizes are not every thing, but recognition does validate the reality that we as a newsroom answered the journalism get in touch with to deal with our group in a time of crisis and reckoning.”

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OHIO alum Richard Tsong-Taatarii was portion of the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize-successful team exactly where he visually documented the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis, the metropolis in which Floyd was murdered.

Martin and Tsong-Taatarii’s contributions integrated pictures that were being element of the visual documentation all through the Floyd protests in Minneapolis, the metropolis in which Floyd was murdered.

“Photographing this disaster was incredibly challenging,” Tsong-Taatarii extra. “We do not have this amount of upheaval in our group on a standard basis. It took several months to approach the upheaval we went through as a newsroom.”

Tsong-Taatarri, a indigenous of Papeete, Tahiti, who was raised in California, is a longtime personnel photographer at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, commencing as an intern in 1999. He initially started out his M.A. in visual communication in 1997 but did not complete his thesis or get his degree right until 2017 thanks to currently being employed at the Star Tribune just after finishing his internship there.

“This is a person of the causes I did not promptly finish my diploma,” Tsong-Taatarri defined. “My diploma was so essential to me while, that I experienced to reapply for entry and am grateful to Professor Terry Eiler for kindly readmitting me and enabling me to complete, since OHIO has been foundational in my success. Lessons with Terry Eiler, Marcy Nighswander and other professors helped shape my eyesight and work ethic. My results has been dependent on the constructing blocks I discovered at my alma mater.”

McEldowney’s team gained for their collection “Mauled: When police canines are weapons,” searching into how law enforcement companies use police canines and the penalties of employing the canines improperly. The collection shed gentle on the Indianapolis Metropolitan Law enforcement Department’s use of K9s and discovered that the department experienced the optimum amount of canine bites amongst police departments in the premier 20 U.S. towns, prompting transform in policy relating to K9 models. McEldowney contributed to the visible reporting of the story, capturing photographs of how the canines had been trained and the repercussions of their bites.

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“The reporting was tricky,” McEldowney spelled out. “We had to request really hard queries of legislation enforcement and listen to the intestine-wrenching stories from those who have been innocently bitten. We had to see for ourselves how the canines were becoming qualified and the aftermath of their bites. Piecing all of that jointly, together with reporting by The Marshall Undertaking, AI.com, and The Invisible Institute, it was definitely a big enterprise but just one that I’ll by no means fail to remember.”

Originally from Covington, Ohio, McEldowney has been a photojournalist at the Indianapolis Star considering the fact that 2015. He mentioned he owes several of his successes (and the name of his daughter) to the instruction and encounters he experienced even though at OHIO.

“It’s not even a query, I would not be where I am right now with out my instruction at OHIO,” McEldowney reported. “I had incredible professors like Terry Eiler, Marcy Nighswander, Stan Alost, all who pushed me to consider otherwise and critically about our globe and the way it functions. I really take pleasure in their devotion. It’s not a task for them, they genuinely treatment for all of their college students and want all people to succeed… Also, my wife (an OHIO grad) and I named our to start with daughter Ellis, just after the English corridor where by we satisfied our junior year.”

Considering the fact that 1976, Ohio College Scripps College or university of Conversation alumni, students and faculty have claimed at the very least 52 Pulitzer Prize awards in total.

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