Memorial for John Peterson set for Sept. 23 at Holy Trinity Lutheran in Belleville

 

   The Life of Dr. John Peterson, founder of our Loyalist Photojournalism Program will be celebrated in a memorial service Saturday Sept. 23 at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on Victoria Ave. in Belleville at 11:30 a.m. John passed away in June, after a long illness.

 john_peterson  In the Fall of 1975, I was entering the final year of a journalism program at Loyalist. Students heard there was a new faculty member being hired for the fall, but we knew little else. In those old analog paper-trail days, registration was all done in person in the gym on the first day. Apparently, I was one of the first to do so that day, and so became one of John’s first students. He had an intensity about him that was different from many of the college teachers of the day. There he was, fresh from The Toronto Star in that blue suit, thermos of coffee at his side, a well crushed pack of Marlboros nearby. We were all a bit intimidated by this new guy, but still drawn to him by his passion for what we all loved……….shooting pictures.

This was a full 12 years before the inception of the Photojournalism Program that is his legacy. None of us knew then what would unfold a dozen years later, but we began to get a taste of what might be. The learning came fast. Practical ,intense and real . I remember the very first thing John taught me, and I often relate it to my students now. About two weeks into the fall semester, I was preparing some photographs for the weekly edition of the Pioneer. I submitted my captions to John, and I immediately knew I was in trouble by the look on his face. Looking up from his desk, he leaned back in his chair in obvious disappointment. He exhaled a salvo of Marlboro , and taught me the first of many lessons in that quiet southern drawl, “Where I come from, if you haven’t got the name, you haven’t got the picture”. It was a simple lesson, an obvious one but an important one; one that started me on a personal learning curve.

But that is what John did for so many of us. We knew we loved photography. We loved being out in the world around us shooting pictures, but we did not know how to focus our passion, and project it into a career. John helped me, and so many others learn how to be a communicator WITH images, rather than just be a collector OF images.

John taught us that, good photojournalism, matters. People matter. Pictures matter. They need to be more than just a vessel of artistic expression in a sea of anonymity. In doing so, he helped define a profession in this country.

The Loyalist College Photojournalism Program is celebrating its 30th anniversary. It is not lost on any of us that we owe so much to John for starting this beloved little program that could. It is his legacy. Those who have walked these halls and gone on to serve their readers and communities are his legacy. They are followed by students who have harnessed the ever changing new technologies to find new methods of visual storytelling.

Rest easy John. Thanks to you, the kids are all right.

-Frank O’Connor

Coordinator, Loyalist College Photojournalism.

 

 

 

 

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Meet the Photojournalism Class of 2018-2019

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Wire Photo Bootcamp Workshop!

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There is a great opportunity for second year photo students coming up. Rob Skeoch from Sony cameras is organizing a two-day “boot camp” for photographers who wish to work for a wire service one day. The dates are Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Gary Hershorn, formerly of Reuters, and Graeme Roy, director of news photography at The Canadian Press will offer years of sage advice and experience. You could not ask for two better individuals at a workshop. Highly recommended! Use this link for details.

For Photography Students – Wire Photography Bootcamp with Gary and Graeme

Saturday, Sep 30, 2017, 10:00 AM

Analogue Gallery 163 Sterling Road
Unit 189 Toronto, ON

26 Sony camera users Attending

We’re currently full with people on a waiting list if spots open up.This is a two day workshop, you must be able to attend both days!Add your name to the waiting list, people will be moved over once they’re confirmed as students or emerging photojournalists. This workshop is for students currently attending a full-time photography program at coll…

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For Photography Students – Wire Photography Bootcamp with Gary and Graeme

Saturday, Sep 30, 2017, 10:00 AM

Analogue Gallery 163 Sterling Road
Unit 189 Toronto, ON

26 Sony camera users Attending

We’re currently full with people on a waiting list if spots open up.This is a two day workshop, you must be able to attend both days!Add your name to the waiting list, people will be moved over once they’re confirmed as students or emerging photojournalists. This workshop is for students currently attending a full-time photography program at coll…

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Barb Davidson speaking at Concordia

Screen Shot 2017-09-09 at 8.12.04 PMPulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Barbara Davidson is speaking at Concordia on Sept. 14. A friend of our program who has helped many a student and who was instrumental in establishing the initial scholarship honouring her friend and colleague Shaun Best, won by 2014 grad Marta Iwanek, is giving the Keynote Homecoming address at her alma mater. Well worth the drive to see her! For details on the event, use this link.

http://www.concordia.ca/cunews/offices/vpaer/aar/2017/09/05/catch-3-time-pulitzer-prize-winning-photographer-at-concordia.html?c=alumni-friends

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Shelby Lisk class of 2019 wins JHR 2017 summer scholarship!

Screen Shot 2017-09-06 at 10.25.48 PMOur own Shelby Lisk has been awarded one of four prestigious Journalist for Human Rights 2017 scholarships for emerging Indigenous journalists. To see the news release, use this link.

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/journalists-for-human-rights-jhr-is-proud-to-announce-the-summer-2017-recipients-of-the-organizations-indigenous-reporter-scholarships-642930813.html

To read more about Shelby and the other winners, use this link

http://www.jhr.ca/en/2017/08/10/supporting-emerging-indigenous-reporters-summer-2017-scholarships/

Congratulations Shelby!

 

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2017 Orientation week timetables are here

Just a few days away now! Use the links below for first and second year timetables for Orientation Week only. We will shift to the regular class schedule on Monday, Sept. 8.

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Canada loses a Photojournalism legend

Screen Shot 2017-08-22 at 7.22.21 PMCanada lost a news photography icon today, when Boris Spremo passed away after a brief battle with cancer. He was 81. Use this link to the Toronto Star’s coverage of his life and times. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/08/22/boris-spremo-former-toronto-star-photographer-dies-at-81.html

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