The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) will host photojournalists Mary Beth Meehan (pictured right) and Beth Nakamura as the 2015 Frazier Journalists-in-Residence this week. Meehan and Nakamura will be sharing their insight on visual storytelling with aspiring journalism students.
“Having photographers of this caliber come to the SOJC is an opportunity for all of us to see the power of work that matches refined aesthetics with sharp intellectual inquiry,” SOJC assistant professor of practice Torsten Kjellstrand says. “For our students here at the SOJC who have worked hard at their photography, it’s a chance to share their portfolios, their aspirations, and their excitement with photographers at the top of the profession.”
Meehan is a New England-based photographer and educator committed to meaningful, in-depth coverage of her communities. Her work addresses issues on immigration and culture, with the hope of inspiring empathy and change. Her photographs have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. Meehan’s work has been published both nationally and internationally, and has been honored by Pictures of the Year International and the National Conference for Community and Justice. Her weekly photo-and-text column in The Providence Journal has been nominated twice for a Pulitzer Prize.
Nakamura is an Emmy-nominated visual journalist and editorial photographer based in Portland. She has worked as a multimedia journalist at The Oregonian for 11 years. Nakamura has traveled the world on assignment, but enjoys telling the quieter stories of the beauty and resilience that is all around us. Her work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Press Photographers Association and the National Black Journalists Association.
Meehan and Nakamura will be conducting portfolio reviews and classroom presentations in Portland and Eugene. They will also offer a public presentation in Eugene on Thursday, April 9 at 2 p.m. in Allen Hall room 211 on the University of Oregon campus.
On Friday, April 10, Meehan will be speaking on a panel discussing “Who’s the News?: ‘We All Stand Somewhere in Relation to the Story’” at the What is Journalism? conference at the George S. Turnbull Portland Center.
About the SOJC Executive-in-Residence Program
The SOJC’s Executive-in-Residence program welcomes noted professionals and industry leaders to the school for classroom presentations, workshops, keynote events and student interaction. The SOJC hosts executives-in-residence for all departments, including journalism, public relations, advertising, and media studies.
Story by Katie Maclean ‘15