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2011 Photo Contest

(coming soon)

2008 Workshop audio slideshow projects:

Damian Mulinix & Maggie Schmidt,
"Sir Roberto Pettite"

This project, completed during our first one-day multimedia workshop, was entered in the NPPA's monthly national multimedia contest, where it took second in the team audio slideshow category.

Janet Jensen, NPPA Region 11 Photographer of the Year 2007, can be heard speaking about community photojournalism here.

2007 Podcasts:
Interviews conducted by Luke Stapely

Bill Gaspard,
The Las Vegas Sun

Bill McMillin,
freelance photographer

Chip Somodevilla,
Getty Images

Elaine Thompson,
The Associated Press

John Harris, WWU journalism department assistant professor

2008 Podcasts:

PRWeb's Lacy Bevis interviews John Harris










BVJC will be taking a hiatus in the summer of 2012. Stay tuned to hear about possible workshops throughout the year and 'like' us on Facebook to receive updates! 

Want to stay competitive in this age of immediate digital news? Then you need this workshop.

The first Bellingham Visual Journalism Conference took place in the summer of 2006 on the campus of Western Washington University. More than 75 people heard from a broad range of presenters, including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Geographic photographers, and editors and producers from, MSNBC and a variety of other news organizations. The excellent turnout and the quality of the presenters was a testament to the strength of visual journalism in the Pacific Northwest.

The genesis of the conference was a suggestion by Seattle journalists Heidi de Laubenfels, Harley Soltes, Betty Udesen and Barry Wong that Western’s Department of Journalism sponsor a workshop to call attention to its program. The four were part of a professional advisory committee that was instrumental in the creation of the department’s new visual journalism sequence, which will begin in the fall of 2007.

The conference is now an annual event and provides a forum for education and discussion of visual journalism in a relaxed atmosphere and a beautiful environment.


"Terrific conference with a marvelous array of speakers. You'll come away with a wealth of ideas and knowledge."
- Barry Wong, free-lance photographer

"The BVJC represents the most fertile kind of learning experience: top working professionals sharing real-life experience face to face with small groups of students."
- Phil Schofield, free-lance photographer.

"Western has provided the Northwest's best journalism training for years. Now it's terrific to see the program also exploring great visual storytelling. This conference pulls together powerful talent in a beautiful setting. It's nourishment for the mind and the heart!"
- Heidi de Laubenfels, assistant managing editor for visuals & technology, The Seattle Times

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