50 Hours in Stephens County
November 23, 2015 by Staff
For the tenth year in a row, students in the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication Documentary Photojournalism class wandered into a North Georgia county to tell the stories of the people who make the county unique. For 2015, Stephens County was selected and the workshop partnered with the Toccoa Record, working out of their newsroom for a late-February weekend.
The workshop was also named for the first time – it’s now the Woodall Weekend Workshop, in honor of Lynda and Henry Woodall who have stepped up to support the workshop with a gift that will see it continue for many, many years.
Now, for the stories that were told …
- Shannon Adams: Tori’s Sweet Treats
- Mercedes Bleth: Backstage with the Beauty Queens
- Hannah Burke: Life Fire Pottery
- Taylor Carpenter: Farm: Work and Family
- Rachel Eubanks: Around and Active
- Heather Fulbright: The Artists’ Director
- Emily Jenkins: Mountain Sweet Honey
- Hannah Kicklighter: Bells Restaurant
- Casey Lemmings: Reins of Life
- Stephanie Lennox: Community Help
- Ian Palmer: Ace Aircraft
- John Roark: Night Shift with the Sheriff’s Department
- Emily Selby: Toccoa Hardware
- Lauren Watt: Service Through Faith
- Jazmyn Wormely: They’re Glad to See You
The students researched these stories in advance, made photos beginning on a Friday and then cycled through time with their subjects and time with a team of visiting professionals who constantly critiqued their work, offering feedback and ideas to quickly improve their stories. Those editors, including Mike Haskey of the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Katye Martens, from the Pew Charitable Trust, Robin Nathan, Akili Ramsess, Mike Roy, Minla Shields and Billy Weeks (all independent visual journalists) coached the students on everything from composition to compassion.