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|| News Item: Posted 2005-07-28

Sports Shooter Commuter Short Course to be held Nov. 4 & 5, 2005 in Ventura, Calif.
Deanne Fitzmaurice, Kathleen Hennessy and Jack Gruber headline event at Brooks Institute of Photography.

By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter

Photo by Brad Mangin

Photo by Brad Mangin

San Francisco Chronicle picture editor Kathleen Hennessy, left, hugs friend and Chronicle staff photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice after Fitzmaurice was awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography on April 5, 2005.
We're Baaack!

Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice from the San Francisco Chronicle heads the list of featured speakers at the Sports Shooter Commuter Short Course to be held Nov. 4 - 5, 2005 in Ventura, Calif. at Brooks Institute of Photography.

Joining Fitzmaurice on the faculty of this workshop is Chronicle picture editor Kathleen Hennessy and USA TODAY's Jack Gruber. Hennessy and Fitzmaurice will discuss photographers and editors working together on projects and Gruber will show work from his travels this year to Iraq, the Sudan and coverage of the Tsunami.

"We're thrilled to have a chance to present a Sports Shooter program on our Ventura campus," said Brooks Institute Visual Journalism Program Director Jim McNay. "There is a long tradition of having some kind of fall photojournalism workshop in this country, a place where students can learn and veterans can be inspired. We wanted to help make that accessible to people who can get to Central California this year. And the line-up of speakers looks like it will be particularly strong again this time. This will be THE place to be that weekend."

Funding for this event is being provided through participation of Nikon and Canon. Because of the generosity of these two companies, we will be able to make this event FREE for those who want to attend and register in advance. Registration will begin next month on-line at

"Canon is very pleased to be able to participate in this Sports Shooter event. The web site is the premier web location for working sports and news photographers who want to find out more about making great pictures," Said Dave Metz, Canon's Director of Product Support and Market Education.

"More than just a webzine, this site is a great interactive learning tool for the experienced and the novice alike. And the new fall event, with its emphasis on education ... will be a great opportunity to meet some top pro shooters, pick up new skills and get an opportunity to 'interface' with camera manufacturers and check out the latest goodies. We are really looking forward to being there," Metz added.

Topics for classes include: "Getting The Most Out Of An Assignment. Getting the Most Out Of Your Career"; "Photoshop Tips For Newspaper Photographers"; "Sports Beyond The Action"; "Community Journalism" and "Portraits: No Time? No Dyna-Lites? No Problem!"

Canon and Nikon will be present at this workshop, showing off their latest equipment with representatives available to demonstrate gear and answer questions.

With the success of the Sports Shooter Academy in February of 2005 and with the Sports Shooter Workshop & Luau taking a hiatus I felt there was a "coolness" void that needed to be filled. After talking for several weeks with Jim McNay at Brooks and with my colleagues, we came up with the idea for the "Commuter Short Course".

Friday evening Nov. 4 will feature informal portfolio reviews with the workshop's faculty and staff and there will also be educational sessions scheduled highlighting using Canon and Nikon products.

Saturday Nov. 5 will be a full day of great photography, inspiring stories, educational sessions and as with all Sports Shooter events ... lots of fun and entertainment!

This event is open to students and working professionals, however to attend, you must register in advance through Details on registration and the schedule will be released shortly, so keep an eye on and the Sports Shooter Newsletter.

We all owe Brooks, Nikon and Canon a huge "thank you" for their support in education and for their help in making this event possible.

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