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Photojournalism Lab Manager
Office: MMTH 132
Phone: (270) 745-8927
Jim Bye joined Western Kentucky University in September of 2007 as the Photojournalism Lab Manager and Mountain Workshops Coordinator.
His career began as a freelance photographer for The Courier -Journal in Louisville, Kentucky while attending Indiana University. After graduating from IU he became a staff photographer with Landmark Newspapers at the News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown, Kentucky and quickly moved to staff photographer and picture editor positions at the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia for the next ten years.
Jim joined Scripps Howard newspapers in 1986 to become AME/Graphics for the Evansville Courier in Evansville, Indiana where he redesigned the paper and guided the Courier to become one of the top visual newspapers in the mid-west, winning many photo, design and best-use-of-picture awards.
While with Scripps he took on the newly developed role of Scripps Howard Advisor for Technology, assisting many of the Scripps papers with the new technological challenges facing the industry.
In 1989, Jim led the way for the Evansville Courier to become the first newspaper to use Macintosh computers to perform photo toning and color separations in daily production. Scripps worked closely with Ohio University School of Visual Communication to develop and implement this new, groundbreaking software, a full year before the release of Adobe Photoshop 1990.
Jim went on the become Director of Publishing systems in Evansville and General Manager at the newly purchased The Gleaner, a daily paper in nearby Henderson, Kentucky.
Jim moved on to the Akron Beacon Journal in Akron, Ohio in 2003 to assume the role of Creative Technical Services manager. This department handled prepress functions for editorial, advertising and production.
During his career Jim has been an instructor in many seminars in picture editing, Photoshop, quality control and color reproduction.