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RSVP PPAGLA Events Friday Feb. 23 and March 2

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Upcoming Events for Members!

RSVP for the LA Times tour -
RSVP for the Associated Collegiate Press talk. -

Two Fridays!  Feb. 23 and March 2, 2018

Friday, Feb. 23, 11AM Los Angeles Times tour and speakers!  Ever wonder what goes on at the LA Times?  What is it like to work there?  Join LA Times longtime employee Darrell Kunitomi as he guides you through the history of this storied institution.  Then, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from working LA Times staffers in the photography department and have their questions answered.

Don’t miss this rare and unique opportunity!  

For security and capacity reasons, attendees MUST RSVP to prior to Weds. Feb. 21. RSVP here -

Open exclusively to PPAGLA members in good standing.

Tour begins in LATimes lobby.  Plan on being present by 10:45AM to check in with security.  Tour begins promptly at 11AM.

Space is limited!  RSVP now!




Friday, March 2, 9:30-11:20AM PPAGLA Speaks at Associated Collegiate Press, National Scholastic Press Association’s Convention!

RSVP here - 

Location:  Hyatt Regency Hotel
200 South Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA
Regency ABC room

**PPAGLA Members — go directly to the Regency ABC Room.  Members have free entry permission by going directly to this room.


Session One of Two: 9:30 - 10:20 AM - Amy Gaskin “Building Relationships: Finding and Telling Stories Through Photos”

Have you ever wondered how to find compelling photostories as a student?  How do you gain access and build trust with subjects?  Learn how one college student covered issues on a national level, including traveling to Triple Crown races.  Hear “behind the scenes” stories and tips that will help your photostories have greater impact. 

The Washington Post, The Guardian, and others have published her work.  Her story on California Chrome, an unknown horse who rose to become one of history’s most winning thoroughbreds, rose to second position on Google behind Sports Illustrated.  She is the 2017 Leica Emerging Photographer, Palm Springs Photo Festival and is 2017 American Photographic Artists National Emerging Photographer winner.  Other awards include Eddie Adams and Sports Shooter Workshops, and PPAGLA Student of the Year, sponsored by Nikon, American Photographic Artists’ Top 100 exhibitions as selected by curators of the Getty Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


Session Two of Two: 10:30-11:20AM - Panel Discussion: Landing Your First Job - Careers in Photography


Are you a student and now wondering what comes next?  In this constantly evolving world of photojournalism, how do you stay afloat?  What are editors looking for?  What are your career options and prospects?  Learn about various careers in photography and hear valuable advice from recent graduates to those with decades of experience.  What worked for them?  What didn’t?  How do you move ahead today in our current landscape?


Panelists include:


Calvin Alagot, Editor, Los Angeles Times Features (recent student) Prior to becoming editor at the Los Angeles Times, Calvin was a graphic designer at The Malibu Times from 2014-2016 where he assisted with the weekly production of the paper as a page designer. Calvin also began designing graphics for, a non-profit investigative news site in 2016.  His photography has twice been featured at The Getty Museum's College Night in the student gallery accompanying the Masters Class Series.


Daniel Bowyer, Los Angeles Rams team Photographer — Recently a student, Daniel Bowyer is making the transition to professional photography and currently is a team photographer at the LA Rams.  Bowyer is a runner-up in PPAGLA Student of the Year competition.


Gerard Burkhart, Mojave Artist in Residence, Educator, and former LATimes photographer part of Pulitzer winning team.  Gerard’s work has appeared internationally through assignments or via the wire services Agence France Presse and Associated Press. He was a member of 3 Pulitzer winning teams as a freelancer for the LATimes.  Recently, he was Artist in Residence at the Mojave Reserve and teaches Photojournalism at Santa Monica and Pierce Colleges.


Jim Caccavo -  A former Los Angeles Times staffer, Jim Caccavo was the Red Cross Photographer for the Vietnam War, and later a contract photographer for Newsweek magazine in that same conflict. Upon returning to the US in 1970, he attended the Art Center College of Design where he earned a BFA in Photography & film while working for Newsweek.  After a stint at the LA Times, he worked for Time/Life while  running  his own studio.


Mike Nelson, EPA (currently in LA, former bureau chief, Middle East). Michael has been involved in photojournalism since 1981 and has had a number of personal photo exhibits in Europe, the United States and Egypt.  Over his 30 year long career he has been honored with a number of awards including World Press Photo and NPPA and has extensive coverage experience in the Middle East, Africa and the United States.


John McCoy, LA Daily News (Chairman, PPAGLA). John McCoy worked at the Los Angeles Daily News for over 30 years covering events across Southern California from fires, to professional sports.  His work has won numerous awards.  


Arturo Quezada, Chief Photojournalist/Operations, Univision Los Angeles With over 26 years experience in television, Quezada has held numerous positions in the industry. 21 of his years have been at Univision where he has been Univision Network News Videographer and Editor.  Additionally, he  was Operations Manager for Univision Corporate where he taught editing, videography, newsroom workflow and storytelling.  Recipient of 9 Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, 16 RTNA Golden Mike Awards,  5 - time PPAGLA Videographer of the Year, and is an NAHJ and Associated Press Award winner. 


Karen Quincy Loberg, Freelance - Karen served on the photography staff of the Ventura County Star, a daily newspaper, from 2000 - 2017 and now freelances.  Her clients include European Pressphoto Agency, Associated Press/Boston, LIFE Magazine, Getty Images, Annenberg Space for Photography, Community Newspaper Company, Ventura County Farm Bureau. Maienza Wilson, Davis Reed Construction, Lou Diamond Phillips & the Pipe-fitters, Megan Mullaly and Bravo TV Network. Her work has won numerous awards.


Moderator: Amy Gaskin, Vice President PPAGLA, Freelance press and corporate (bio above, please see 9:30 event)


All panelists are Members of PPAGLA


There will also be a PPAGLA table in the foyer.  Come see us there and network!