Henderson: A Week in the Life of a Kentucky County

Please stop in for a visit to the Mass Media and Technology Hall gallery between now and the Christmas holidays to see a 35-print gallery and 16 video narratives centered around the School of Journalism and Broadcasting photo department’s annual Mountain Workshops.

A Week in the life of a Kentucky County: Henderson will be open Monday thru Friday until Dec. 18 from 9 am to 5 pm and is free and open to the public.

In 1976, two Western Kentucky University faculty members took a dozen photojournalism students into eastern Kentucky and Tennessee to document the 11 remaining one-room schools there. The teachers didn’t realize it at the time, but that was the beginning of an annual trek

Thirty-six years later in Henderson, Ky. there were three concurrent workshops held that fine-tune photography, picture-editing and multimedia skills of college students and mid-career professionals in an intensive weeklong effort that documents a town and its surrounding countryside.

WKU faculty members are joined by volunteer shooting, editing and writing coaches who travel here from across the country — from The San Diego Union- Tribune, from the Los Angeles Times, from TIME magazine, and a host of other venues — to guide trainees and produce content for a photo exhibit, several multimedia productions, and a book of 100-plus pages. From their humble beginnings of travel with cameras,
black-and-white film and sleeping bags, workshop staff now spend months planning and setting up sophisticated facilities with state-of-the-art computing and digital imaging equipment.

Be sure to visit our website or read about this year’s Mountain at the ABC News blog
or in the L.A. Times Frameworks blog.

For further information please contact Tim Broekema, Associate Professor, WKU Photojournalism

(Source: Email from Tim Broekema, Nov 9, 2012)

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