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President's Corner

Wow, I can’t believe we’re halfway through 2004 already!  My summer reading list includes “The Mind’s Eye” by Cartier-Bresson, and I highly recommend it for insightful and inspirational musings on the craft of photography. A pleasant surprise is discovering that Bresson is as gifted a writer as he is an artist and photographer.
 
It never ceases to amaze me how many times I’ve encountered the true spirit of camaraderie while on assignment with other NJPPA members.  Just recently, Kathy Kelly lent me her wide-angle lens when I inadvertently left mine in the car.  Mike Derer of AP loaned me a Lexar card when my microdrive fried in the middle of a news job.  Matt of European Press Agency and Bill Perlman of the Ledger got everyone set up on the wireless network for the Nets playoffs…all the time with a smile.  I know many of you have countless other examples of our colleagues helping each other…it’s just one more reason why I’m honored to be part of this organization.  I’m a true believer in the old adage that “what goes around, comes around” and I hope to have the chance to return the favors someday.

We’re planning to have another Photo Night sometime this summer. If you’d like to help organize it, or have any ideas or suggestions, please contact Veronica, who is coordinating it.  I’ve had several inquiries about Education Day and the answer is “yes”, we will be hosting another one sometime this Fall.   April Saul has graciously agreed to chair it, and we’ll let everyone know as soon as a date is set.  Jason informs me that he could use more submissions for the “Just One More” and “Members” features.    Please read the submission guidelines and send images to Kathy and Jason.  This is your chance to show your work when space limitations or other factors prevent it from being published…something we’ve all complained about at one time or another.

We’d also like to add an “update” feature to the site, where news about our members can be posted. Things like gallery exhibits, book signings, job changes, marriages, births, etc. would be included.   And finally, if you have any ideas for this space or would like to write a guest column, please feel free contact me.

Have a safe and relaxing summer!

danielle
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