Introducing Central Top Chair, Drew Smith

Drew SmithHi, I’m Drew Smith, photojournalist at KDVR in Denver.  I’m the guy next to my wife in the picture.  I’m stepping into Sean Towle’s shoes for the Central Top region.  I have been shooting for eight years, starting at WKOW in Madison, WI, moving to Portsmouth, VA to work at WAVY, and now to Denver at KDVR.

I wanted to help because I know that feeling when you see a really great story, and for me, judging NPPA stories is what first made me go, “How do I do that?”  I’ve been an NPPA member for almost four years.  I will leave you with a wish: May your comment section always be filled!…  Seriously, please fill that out!  Everyone loves a solid and useful critique!

Looking forward to another great year for the TVQCC!

Contact Drew

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Contest open for Q4 entries January 1st-10th.

The contest is now open for Q4 entries (stories published from October 1 – December 31). Please read the rules carefully and enter early. Late entries will not be accepted.

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Central General Standings Updated

All results for Central General are in and the Standings have been updated. Solo Video Contest results are not yet included.

WQAD is currently on top of the Station Standings. Andy Wallace from WBNS sits on top of the Photojournalist Standings.

Central Region Standings

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Changes to Central General

Carolyn Hall is stepping down as Central General Chair in order to focus more on her other duties in the NPPA, as Treasurer. She has done an excellent job in Central General for the last three years, and before that, as Certificate Chair. Carolyn, you will be missed!

Luckily, her husband can quickly take over her position. Please welcome Scott Jensen to the contest team. Scott is a previous National Chair of the TVQCC. Please direct any Central General contest questions to him at

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Contest is open for entries October 1st-10th

The contest is now accepting third quarter entries. Late entries will not be accepted so enter please enter early.

New this quarter: Only MP4 files will be accepted. Our video servers seem to have the best luck with this format. Here are some basic guidelines for compression:

Format: H.264 only. File extension must be ‘.mp4’
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 or 1024 x 720 recommended. Others accepted.
Frame rate: 29.97 or 30 recommended. Others accepted.
Bitrate: 8-12mbps recommended. Max size is 250MB.
Audio: Stereo or mono, but panned Left Right tracks should be mixed

Please read the rules, prepare your video files, and enter the contest.

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The Four C’s of the TV Quarterly Clip Contest

The NPPA recently re-launched it’s weekly newsletter, and included a nice write-up about what it takes to do well in the contest.

The contest is judged by four parameters: Content, Craft, Creativity, and Commitment. But really we could just have one, Commitment, because that directly affects everything else. Did the photojournalist go the extra mile for this story? Sometimes good Content falls right in front of your face, but oftentimes we need to hunt for it and not settle until we have the compelling moments between a store manager and her customers that the story needed in “King Donut” by Steve Fedoriska. Sometimes you get lucky, but most of the winning stories are a result of crews who put themselves into a position to get lucky.

You can read the full story here:

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Central General 2nd Quarter Results

All 2nd Quarter Central General results are in, and the standings have been updated.

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Open for Entries July 1 -10th

The contest is now accepting entries! Please read the rules and enter the contest early!

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NPPA Video Awards – June 5th in Seattle, WA

Sign up for the Northwest Storytelling Workshop and be sure to attend the 2015 NPPA Video Awards June 5th, 6pm. The cost is $20, which INCLUDES DINNER if you sign up in advance.

That evening, the National Press Photographers Association will recognize the winners of its major television and video competitions – the NPPA Television Quarterly Clip Contest, the Solo Video Contest, and the Best of Photojournalism: Video. There will be surprise announcements for all the 2015 NPPA Stations of the Year, the NPPA Video Editor of the Year, the NPPA Photojournalism Award for Reporting and the Ernie Crisp Television News Photographer of the Year.

If you have questions, contact Scott Jensen ( or 206-604-0577)

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Contest is open for entries

The contest is now open for entries! Entries must have first aired or been published during Q1, 2015 (January 1 through March 31.) You must be a current NPPA member to enter. Join the NPPA or renew here.

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2015 Top Pools

New for 2015: Texas moves to Central Region. All Texas stations should enter Central General

West Top

KING/Seattle, WA
KUSA/Denver, CO
KDVR, Denver, CO
KOMO/Seattle, WA
KTVU, Oakland
KGW/ Portland, OR
KSL-TV Salt Lake City

Central Top

WTVF/Nashville, TN
KARE/Minneapolis, MN
WITI/Milwaukee, WI
WTHR/Indianapolis, IN
WSYX, Columbus, OH
WJW/Cleveland, OH
KCCI, Des Moines
WHO Des Moines

East Top

WBFF/ Baltimore, MD
WLOS/Asheville, NC
WNBC, New York
News12/Norwalk, CT
WTVR, Richmond
WJLA, Washington DC
WGAL, Lancaster

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2014 East General Station of the Year – WJLA

Congratulations to the photography staff at WJLA-TV in Washington DC.


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