Western Kentucky University

School of Journalism & Broadcasting Staff - Jeanie Adams-Smith, M.A.

Jeanie Adams-Smith, M.A.

Jeanie Adams-Smith, M.A.

Associate Professor

Office:  125 MMTH
Phone:  (270) 745-6301
Email:  jeanie.adams-smith@wku.edu

Courses

Basic Photography
Intermediate Photography
Picture Editing
Photojournalism
Advanced Photojournalism






Experience

  • August 2008 - Present Associate Professor of photojournalism Western Kentucky University
  • Janauary 2002-2008 - Assistant Professor of photojournalism Western Kentucky University
  • May 1992 - January 2002- Worked as a photo editor for the Chicago Tribune
  • September -December 2000- Photographer for City 2000
  • September 1999- September 2000 - Attended Ohio University as the John S. and James L. Knight Fellow, where she taught in the Visual Communications department and worked on a master's degree in the photojournalism sequence.
  • 1992-1999- Worked as a photo editor for the Chicago Tribune; where she was the National/Foreign Picture Editor- responsibilities included researching and assigning photographs for our bureaus and working on many of the Tribune's special projects, including Killing Our Children, a year-long documentary on the children murdered in Chicago in 1993, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Outstanding Journalism.

Education

  • September 1999-September 2000- Completed a master's degree at Ohio University in Visual Communications
  • 1990-1991- Completed a master's degree in Communications from Western Kentucky University
  • 1985-1990- Completed a bachelor's degree in Photojournalism with a minor in English from W.K.U.

Research

Professional Activities and Awards

  • 2004- Cox Newspapers Photographer of the Year contest judge
  • 2003- Photographer for the America 24/7 Project
  • 2003- Photographer of the Year International, 3rd Place Feature Picture Story
  • 2003- Received a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women
  • 2003- Received a Junior Faculty Grant, Western Kentucky University
  • 2003- Was a guest speaker for the National Brain Injury Assoc. Annual Meeting
  • 2003- Michigan Photographer of the Year contest judge
  • 2002- Kentucky News Photographer of the Year, 2nd Place
  • 2002- Attended the Maine Photographic Workshop on Storytelling with Eugene Richards
  • 2002- Was the Story Researcher and a Photo Editing coach for the Mountain Workshop in Cave City, KY.
  • 2001- Received a first place in The University Missouri Photographer of the Year competition for Best Use Photos Multimedia
  • 2001 - Illinois Press Photographer of the Year, 3rd Place
  • 2001- Recipient of the Chicago Arts Grant
  • 2001- Received a second place and an Award of Excellence in Issue Reporting Category the NPPA/University Missouri Photographer of the Year competition
  • 2000 ' Was a photographer for the City 2000 project in Chicago that spent a year documenting the city in the millennium.
  • 2000- Received the Kit C. King Graduate Scholarship
  • 2000- Received an Award of Excellence in Issue Reporting in the NPPA/University Missouri Photographer of the Year competition
  • 1999- Finalist in the Gordon Parks Photography Competition
  • 1998- Part of the editing team at the Chicago Tribune that received Best Use of Photography, 3rd place in the NPPA/University Missouri Photographer of the Year competition
  • 1997- Received three Awards of Excellence for design from the Society of Newspaper and Design for a week-long series in the Chicago Tribune on over-population
  • 1997- Was a student at the W.K.U. Mountain People's Workshop on photojournalism in Russelville, Ky as a photographer documenting the small-town community
  • 1995- Attended the Poynter Institute for Media Studies for a week-long seminar on ethics in journalism.
  • 1995 - Was the conference chairperson for Insights, NPPA's Women in Photojournalism Conference.
  • 1995' Published a book on minor league baseball, Portraits of Minor League Baseball The Kane County Cougars
  • 1994- Attended the Stan Kalish Picture Editing Workshop
  • 1993- Was the picture editor for the Chicago Tribune's Killing Our Children project, which received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Journalism
  • 1991- Recipient of the Eastman Kodak Student Scholarship
  • 1991- Was the W.K.U. Senior Photojournalism Student of the Year
  • 1990- Recipient of the Bob East Scholarship
  • 1989- Was a William Randolph Hearst semi-finalist
  • 1988- Was a runner-up in College Photographer of the Year
  • 1987- Present- Member of NPPA and KNPA
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