Wednesday, December 16, 2009

End of the Year

Hello Everyone and Happy Holidays!

Couple of housekeeping items before the end of the year:

First - I was a little disappointed with the last poll on - actually, it was rather disastrous - only 16 people responded to the poll and only 13 people said they would be interested in monthly meetings. I believe we have about 140 members and I was hoping for a better response. However, people have requested monthly meetings so starting in January we are going to try meeting once a month to see how that works out. I will be sending out the date and place asap - please try to come out.

Second - Northern Short Course is coming to New Jersey! March 11-13, 2010 in NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ. We need to represent! Make your reservations and sign up asap. Info at

Third - Congratulations to Noah K. Murray of the Star Ledger for being selected in Sports Illustrated's 2009 Pictures of the Year which came out December 11th, 2009. Awesome image and great job Noah!

Thank you everyone and please have a safe and happy holiday season.


Tim Larsen
NJPPA President

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Polls, Polls, Polls

Hello everyone,

I hope your summer is going well and you're enjoying some of the best weather I've seen in New Jersey in years. We are taking a August Poll. Members have been saying that they are interested in monthly meetings to get together for learning or networking or just to get their drink on. We would like to get a sense of how many people are really interested in attending a monthly meeting, when, where and what for. Please take the poll at the right side of this blog. If you have an answer that's not listed, just comment your idea on this blog.

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions and I look forward to seeing and hearing from you.

Polls close September 1st, 2009 at 9:00 PM.


Tim Larsen
NJPPA President

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

NJPPA Dinner

I would just like to say Thank You to everyone who came out to our dinner Sunday night and helped make it a success. It was a great time and a lot of fun. I would especially like to thank the people who came out that didn't win any awards but supported our award winners.

We are planning a June / July NJPPA Picnic - we will keep you posted on the event so stay tuned.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

NJPPA Dinner

Hey Everyone we need you to come out to the Dinner - its a really good time and great food. Please let us know this week!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Open bar 5-6pm
Dinner 6-10pm

Make your reservation by May 12, 2009

517 Lake Avenue,
Asbury Park, NJ

$55 / person
Send 1) your check, payable to NJPPA,
2) number in your party

Reena Rose Sibayan
NJPPA Secretary / Treasurer
The Jersey Journal
30 Journal Square
Jersey City, NJ 07306

Sunday, April 26, 2009


This story was in the New York Post:


By MURRAY WEISS Criminal Justice Editor

April 13, 2009 --

Faced with complaints from photographers and tourists alike, the NYPD has issued a department order reminding cops that the right to take pictures in the Big Apple is as American as apple pie.

"Photography and the videotaping of public places, buildings and structures are common activities within New York City . . . and is rarely unlawful," the NYPD operations order begins.

It acknowledges that the city is a terrorist target, but since it's a prominent "tourist destination, practically all such photography will have no connection to terrorism or unlawful conduct."

The department directive -- titled "Investigation of Individuals Engaged in Suspicious Photography and Video Surveillance" -- makes it clear that cops cannot "demand to view photographs taken by a person . . . or direct them to delete or destroy images" in a camera.

Public-advocacy groups have complained, especially since 9/11, about cops stopping shutterbugs and, in some cases, wrongly arresting them.

In the latest snafu, an off-duty MTA worker and admitted fan of the subways was issued a summons for taking pictures of subway cars.

He was handed a summons that incorrectly sited the rule that expressly permits snapping pictures in the subways.

Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said the NYPD posted the missive because "we periodically get complaints that an officer asked to see [someone's] camera or erase a picture and this is a reminder not to do that."

"It is a balancing act," Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said of NYPD efforts to spot possible terrorism or criminal activity while not stepping on the First Amendment.

Donna Lieberman, president of the New York Civil Liberties Union, lauded the directive as "representing progress."

She pointed out that her organization has twice sued the NYPD for stopping innocent filmmaking -- once on behalf of a well-known Indian filmmaker who was videotaping cabbies outside Grand Central Terminal, the other time for a Columbia University student who was filming in a subway station for a school project.

But cops are not without successes in confronting what might appear to be innocent videotaping.

In Manhattan, cops spotted a man -- who turned out to have ties to a terror group in Pakistan -- videotaping the underbellies of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges.

Additional reporting by John Doyle

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sen. John Kerry to Hold Hearings on Newspaper Industry

Aristide Economopoulos posted this earlier on his Facebook page:

Sen. John Kerry to Hold Hearings on Newspaper Industry

By Joe Strupp

Published: April 20, 2009 10:20 AM ET

NEW YORK Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., will hold hearings in Washington, D.C., next week to review the economic problems facing the newspaper industry, The Boston Globe reported Monday.

The hearings will be at the Senate Commerce Committee, and are set to begin April 30. They come at a time when numerous newspapers are in bankruptcy protection or seeking cost-savings, including the Globe which has threatened to close or sell if certain union concessions are not made.

The hearings also come soon after Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., introduced a bill last month that would allow newspaper companies to restructure as nonprofits, the Globe reported.

Kerry, chairman of a Commerce subcommittee, "moved to spotlight the financial plight of newspapers after The New York Times Co. threatened earlier this month to shut down The Boston Globe unless its labor unions agree to $20 million in cost concessions, including pay and benefit cuts. The Globe is on track to lose $85 million this year, executives told labor representatives," the story said.

"America's newspapers are struggling to survive -- and while there will be serious consequences in terms of the lives and financial security of the employees involved, including hundreds at the Globe, there will also be serious consequences for our democracy where diversity of opinion and strong debate are paramount," Kerry wrote in a letter sent to union leaders Friday, according to the Globe.

In his letter, addressed to "the Boston Globe family," Kerry voiced his commitment to the industry and to ensuring that the "vital public service newspapers provide does not disappear."

"The increase in media conglomerates has resulted in an increase in agenda-driven reporting and over time, if those of us who value a diversity of opinion and ideas, and are unafraid to be confronted with pointed commentary and analysis, do not act, it is a situation which will only get worse," Kerry wrote according to the paper.

The Globe story noted that Kerry "has received political endorsements over the years from the Globe's editorial page, which is operated separately from its newsgathering operation."

Dan Totten, president of the Boston Newspaper Guild, said yesterday that he appreciated Kerry's effort and concern. "Clearly, his effort is to get the Globe in a better place," Totten told the Globe. Later in a statement, he added: "The support and outreach received thus far from our readers, advertisers, media colleagues, Boston and New England business and political leaders has been enormous."

Comments, please....

The NJPPA has opened the blog up for comments now. If you would like to leave a comment, you can do so at the end of each blog entry.

High Time We Set the Record Straight on Newspaper 'Myths'

The following was posted by Jason Towlen of the Home News on his Facebook page:

High Time We Set the Record Straight on Newspaper 'Myths'

By Donna Barrett

Published: April 22, 2009 5:10 PM ET

NEW YORK Enough already. Partial facts and misinformation about newspapers are distorting the view for everyone, including readers and advertisers.

Let's set the record straight: Newspapers still enjoy considerable readership and deliver strong results for advertisers. More Americans read printed newspapers than watch the Super Bowl. More Americans read printed newspapers than own dogs. Newspapers and their Web sites reach a larger audience than ever before.

The crisis facing newspapers is not an audience problem. It is a revenue problem.

Newspapers deliver vital information to communities, as they have since this country was settled. But something has to pay for all of that news. Advertising has traditionally supported the valuable content provided by newspapers. Two developments have devastated that revenue.

The first is the recession. Newspapers are no different than television, radio, Internet, Major League Baseball, NASCAR and all businesses that rely on other businesses for money from advertising and promotion. The recession has led to a significant decrease in ad spending. Everyone is hurting. Newspapers just talk about it more.

Free sites such as Craigslist are the other factor. These sites siphon off considerable classified advertising.

It is tough to compete against free, and free doesn’t pay for journalists.

There is no shortage of other theories on why newspapers are hurting. Most come from those without direct responsibility for the financial health of a newspaper. Some popular explanations:

1.) Newspapers are too liberal and drive off readers as a result.
2.) Newspaper publishers are slow to embrace new technology.
3.) Newspapers are losing readers to the Internet.

As my father used to say, they don’t know what they don’t know. In reality, none of these theories is responsible for newspapers' woes.

Overall readership is growing. Most publishers embrace technological advances to serve their audience, but they face a real-world problem that these advances usually provide much less revenue than their core business.

Finally, newspaper companies are losing classified revenue, not readers, to the Internet. In one of life’s ironies, newspapers are growing audience through the very outlet that takes away so much revenue.

Newspaper publishers face many challenges in a changing world. They must answer some important revenue questions if their newspapers are to continue serving our communities as effectively as they have for more than 300 years.

The least we can do is make sure the issues are not distorted and misinterpreted.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

POY Contest Winners!

Congratulations to all the Winners!

New Jersey Press Photographers Association
2008 Pictures of the Year
Judged at The Star-Ledger Saturday April 18, 2009 by William Snyder, RIT,
John Friedah, Providence Journal, Matt Roth, Patuxent Publishing.

Single Picture Categories

Spot News
1. Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger, “Displaced”
2. Reena Rose Sibayan, The Jersey Journal, “Scuffle”
3. Marc Steiner, Agency New Jersey, “Streams”
HM John O’Boyle, The Star-Ledger, “Reaction”
Easy category with lots of fires. Top two stood out quickly. Edit. Looking
for physical reaction. More moments, relying on event to make the pictures,

General News
1. Leslie Barbaro, The Record, “Briggs”
2. Jennifer Brown, The Star-Ledger, “Grief”
3. Julia Xanthos Economopoulos, NY Daily News, “Funeral”
HM John Munson, The Star-Ledger, “Remembering Ryne”
HM Ed Murray, The Star-Ledger, “Guard”
HM Tony Kurdzuk, The Star-Ledger, “Debate Frustration”
HM Ed Murray, The Star-Ledger, “Deploy”
HM Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger, “Mom”
Very good category. Very deep. Top jumped out. Top fifteen very hard to cut

1. Michael Karas, The Record, “Sidewalk”
2. Sarah Simonis, Freelance, “ Belle”
3. April Saul, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Losing”
HM Leslie Barbaro, The Record, “Pool Shower”
HM Julia Xanthos Economopoulos, NY Daily News “Rain”
HM Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger, “Prom”
HM Michael Karas, The Record, “cande”
Raw content and emotion. Not wrapped up in technical. All about moments.
Depth to pictures. Has moment color dhl. Really good situations.

1. David M. Warren, The Philadelphia Inquirer ,”Thunderbirds”
2. Julia Xanthos Economopoulos, NY Daily News, “Falls”
3. Marc Steiner, Agency New Jersey, “Scales”
HM Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger, “Street”
HM Sarah Simonis, Freelance, “Pingpong”
HM Marc Steiner, Agency New Jersey, “Time”

1. Jennifer Brown, The Star-Ledger, “Artist”
2. Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger, “Birds”
3. Jeff Granit, Greater Media Newspapers, “First Glance”
HM April Saul, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Hello”
HM Peter Ackerman, Asbury Park Press, “Duckhunter”
HM John Munson, The Star-Ledger, “Hug”
HM Marc Steiner, Agency New Jersey, “Cowboy”
Look for moments. Lacking in personality. Loved first place. No classical
portraits as in studio moved up in the contest.

Sports Action
1. Tyson Trish, The Record. “Smack”
2. Saed Hindash, The Star-Ledger, “Kick”
3. Chris Faytok, The Star-Ledger, “Flip”
HM Jeff Granit, Greater Media Newspapers, “Reach”
HM Scott Anderson, The Courier-Post , “Bruntlet”
HM Chris Faytok, The Star-Ledger, “Blur”
HM Saed Hindash, The Star-Ledger, “Save”
HM Tony Kurdzuk, The Star-Ledger, “Slipping Away”
HM Noah Murray, The Star-Ledger, “Interference”

Sports Feature
1. Chris Faytok, The Star-Ledger, “Rain”
2. Chris Faytok, The Star-Ledger, “Gold”
3. Peter Ackerman, Asbury Park Press, “Statechamp”
HM Chris Faytok, The Star-Ledger, “Yogi”
HM Scott Anderson, The Courier-Post
HM Reena Rose Sibayan, The Jersey Journal, “Dejection”
HM Saed Hindash, The Star-Ledger, “Lookhere”
HM Chris Faytok, The Star-Ledger, “Souveneir”
HM Chris Faytok, The Star-Ledger, “Fence”
HM Peter Ackerman, Asbury Park Press, “Cooldown”

1. Jennifer Brown, The Star-Ledger, “Artist”
2. Tony Kurdzuk, The Star-Ledger, “Quirky Quilter”
HM Saed Hindash, The Star-Ledger, “Eat”
Nicely Done Nicely executed. Third was appreciated for effort.

1. Danielle Austen, Freelance, “Woodstork”
HM William Perlman, The Star-Ledger, “Big Dog”
HM Tyson Trish, The Record, “Butterfly”
HM Danielle Austen, Freelance, “Hawk”
HM April Saul, The Philadelphia Inquirer, “Twoheads”
Woodstork jumps out very quickly and clearly. After that it gets tricky.

Personal Vision
1. Danielle Austen, Freelance, “Old Glory”
2. Danielle Austen, Freelance, “Barn”
3. HM Marc Steiner, Agency New Jersey, “Limbs”
HM Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger, “Bus”
HM Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger, “Phone”
HM Tony Kurdzuk, The Star-Ledger, “Fares going Up”

1. Saed Hindash, The Star-Ledger, “Hug”
2. Julia Xanthos Economopoulos, NY Daily News, “Grab”
3. Noah Murray, The Star-Ledger, “Acknowledge”
HM Jennifer Brown, The Star-Ledger, “Count”
HM Tony Kurdzuk, The Star-Ledger, “All pinned”

Multiple Picture Categories
Multiple News
1. Reena Rose Sibayan, The Jersey Journal, “Distraught”
2. Tyson Trish, The Record, “Bucca”
HM Ed Murray, The Star-Ledger, “Fire”

Multiple Feature
1. Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger, “Losing”
2. Tyson Trish, The Record, “Guard”
3. Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger, “Lovebirds”
HM Ed Murray, The Star-Ledger, “Guard”

Multiple Sports
1. Chris Faytok, The Star-Ledger, “Yanks”
2. Chris Faytok, The Star-Ledger, “Olympics”
HM Peter Ackerman, Asbury Park Press, “Box”

Sports Portfolio
1. Tyson Trish, The Record
2. Chris Faytok, The Star-Ledger
3. Peter Ackerman, Asbury Park Press

Photographer of the Year:
1. Aristide Economopoulos, The Star-Ledger
2. Ed Murray, The Star-Ledger
3. Tyson Trish, The Record
HM Jennifer Brown, The Star-Ledger

The NJPPA Understanding Award
April Saul, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Best Multimedia News Story or Essay
1. Julia Xanthos Economopoulos, NY Daily News,
2. Julia Xanthos Economopoulos, NY Daily News, “Ecuador”
3. Marc Steiner, Agency New Jersey, “Super Tuesday”
Best Multimedia Feature Story or Essay
1. Amy Newman, The Herald News, “From Hurt to Hope”
2. John Munson, The Star-Ledger, “A Very Special Boy”
3. Julia Xanthos Economopoulos, NY Daily News, “Moscow Circus”
Best Multimedia Sports Story or Essay
1. John Munson, The Star-Ledger, “Father Son Triatheletes”
2. John O’Boyle, The Star-Ledger “Dragon Boat”

Best of Show
To be announced at this year’s dinner.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Good Bye and Good Night

Tim Larsen, Matt Roth, William Snyder, John Freidah and Ed Murray say good night to a long, but great, POY contest.

Judging the Video

Judges William Snyder, John Freidah, Matt Roth watch video while Aristide Economopoulos makes a guest appearance to observe the judging procedures.

Getting Towards the End

The judges read up on the Understanding catagory and entrys.

Ed Murray hard at work tallying the votes and keeping track of all the images.

Colin Archer being Mr. Happy.

POY Judging Lunchtime

After a long morning of image after image after image, the POY Judges endure lunch from a local eatery here in Newark. From left, John Freidah, Matt Roth and William Snyder.

POY Judging

Follow the signs to the judging.

Our judges for this year's POY contest are, from left to right:

William Snyder, RIT Professor formerly director of Dallas Morning News, four
time Pulitzer Prize winner.

John Freidah, The Providence Journal. Picture of the Year's Newspaper
Photographer of the Year, 3rd place; Northern Short Course's Photographer of
the Year; and three-time National Press Photographer's Regional "Photographer of the Year."

Matt Roth, Patuxent Publishing, Picture of the Year's Newspaper Photographer
of the Year small markets runner up.

And of course our very own Tony Kurdzuk working the slideshows.

NJPPA POY Contest Judging

Come join us at the Star Ledger for the POY Judging today, for all you people reading the blog!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Journal publisher announces 'step forward' in keeping paper open

by The Jersey Journal
Monday April 13, 2009, 4:10 PM

The Jersey Journal building at 30 Journal Square.

The Jersey Journal and its community weeklies have met revenue projections for the first quarter, Publisher Kendrick Ross announced to the staff today, adding that the paper will be completing work over the next week to bring expenses in line with revenues, and, once that is accomplished, he expects to continue publishing.

"We know the road ahead is challenging and uncertain, but we are pleased to announce this step forward," Ross explained.

"We appreciate the cooperation of our union and non-union staff, and we are grateful to our readers, advertisers and the business community for continuing to support us during this period."

The Evening Journal Association announced to its employees on Feb. 2 that the company would cease publication of The Jersey Journal and a string of weekly newspapers in Hudson County on or about April 13 if the paper was unable to meet revenue goals and reduce expenses.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Middle Township's Postpones Decision

Video of Middle Township's public meeting on having control of how the media records the township's public meetings. The bottom line is the township decided to postpone the decision so they can re-word the resolution. Video provided by Harry Scheeler of the Herald Newspapers.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Canon and CPS

Hey Everyone - Just wanted to give a heads up to all the Canon users out there - Canon is now charging for sensor cleaning and firmware updates - $30 plus tax per camera. Also, they now have a three tier CPS service plan - go to to learn more.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Congratulations goes out to Ed Murray who received an Honorable Mention in this year's NPPA Best of Photojournalism in the General News Catagory for the image below:

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

U.S. bill seeks to rescue faltering newspapers

Jason Towlen of Home News Tribune originally posted this link on Facebook - U.S. bill seeks to rescue faltering newspapers
By Thomas Ferraro

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With many U.S. newspapers struggling to survive, a Democratic senator on Tuesday introduced a bill to help them by allowing newspaper companies to restructure as nonprofits with a variety of tax breaks.

"This may not be the optimal choice for some major newspapers or corporate media chains but it should be an option for many newspapers that are struggling to stay afloat," said Senator Benjamin Cardin.

A Cardin spokesman said the bill had yet to attract any co-sponsors, but had sparked plenty of interest within the media, which has seen plunging revenues and many journalist layoffs.

Cardin's Newspaper Revitalization Act would allow newspapers to operate as nonprofits for educational purposes under the U.S. tax code, giving them a similar status to public broadcasting companies.

Under this arrangement, newspapers would still be free to report on all issues, including political campaigns. But they would be prohibited from making political endorsements.

Advertising and subscription revenue would be tax exempt, and contributions to support news coverage or operations could be tax deductible.

Because newspaper profits have been falling in recent years, "no substantial loss of federal revenue" was expected under the legislation, Cardin's office said in a statement.

Cardin's office said his bill was aimed at preserving local and community newspapers, not conglomerates which may also own radio and TV stations. His bill would also let a non-profit buy newspapers owned by a conglomerate.

"We are losing our newspaper industry," Cardin said. "The economy has caused an immediate problem, but the business model for newspapers, based on circulation and advertising revenue, is broken, and that is a real tragedy for communities across the nation and for our democracy.

Newspaper subscriptions and advertising have shrunk dramatically in the past few years as Americans have turned more and more to the Internet or television for information.

In recent months, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Rocky Mountain News, the Baltimore Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle have ceased daily publication or announced that they may have to stop publishing.

In December the Tribune Company, which owns a number of newspapers including The Baltimore Sun, The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times filed for bankruptcy protection.

Two newspaper chains, Gannett Co Inc and Advance Publications, on Monday announced employee furloughs. It will be the second furlough this year at Gannett.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

POY Deadline Extended

To save everyone overnight fees and to allow people more time to preparetheir entries we are EXTENDING the deadline for entries one week to March 19, 2009 at 8pm.

Everything else stays the same.

The rules went out on this list later than usual and I feel the additionaltime will enable more people to participate and make it a better contest.

Ed Murray
ChairThe Star-Ledger

Thursday, March 5, 2009

POY 2008 Deadline

Hey Everyone - don't forget to get your New Jersey Press Photographers Association Pictures of the Year 2008 & Membership Renewal Form in! ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!!!

Contest Deadline: March 12, 2009 at 8 p.m.

Ed Murray
201-401-6914 cell
908-429-7860 home

Thursday, February 26, 2009

New President

Dear Fellow Members

First and foremost I would like to reach out and extend a heart-felt thank you to all the people who served the New Jersey Press Photographers Association for the last two years. Tony Kurdzuk did a great job as president during a time when newspapers and print media were beginning to spiral downward; Vice President Kevin Wexlar, Secretary/ Treasurer Reena Rose Sibayan, Clip Contest Chair Tyson Trish, POY Chair Jennifer Brown and Webmaster Cie Stroud all worked diligently holding the NJPPA together during a difficult time. Thank you very much for your service.

I am happy to announce the following officers for the upcoming term – Vice President Colin Archer; Reena Rose Sibayan has recommitted her time to be the Secretary/Treasurer again; Clip Contest Chair is now Andrew Miller of Courier News; POY Chair is once again Ed Murray with Co-Chair Jennifer Brown; and Cie Stroud will continue the upkeep of the website.

A couple of house keeping issues – Picture’s of the Year Contest Deadline is March 12, 2009 at 8 PM. Contest rules and submission information is available on the website along with a membership renewal application. Yes, you must be a member to enter the contest. Please make sure to get your images to Ed Murray before the deadline.

Save the Date – May 17th, 2009 – our Annual NJPPA Dinner and Awards Program - 5 to 10 PM at Moonstruck in Asbury Park – Great food, great people, and good times. Please come out, bring a date, and support your fellow photojournalists.

The state of the newspaper industry is in flux right now. I’m not sure where we are going to be two years from now, but it looks like we are all going there together in one form or another. One of my goals as the NJPPA president is to provide resources to try to help photographers find their way through this mess – We have many members who have taken buyouts and who now find themselves freelancing again. I would like to bring speakers in once a quarter that will talk about how they market themselves and how they are making money while working as freelance photographers. Along with marketing ourselves – we need to better ourselves – so I would like to hold knowledge enhancement seminars to fill the gaps that may need filling – whether it’s technique, lighting or workflow – somebody may have a better solution.

Another one of our goals is for Colin Archer to form a committee to research the best way to do our jobs at crime and fire scenes. Tony Kurdzuk made some advances in this area with the NJ State Police; however, this continues to be an ongoing issue. We need to work hand in hand with the New Jersey Press Association to figure out how to best reach out to state and local municipalities and educate them on how to identify the professional press photographers, and to allow us to do our jobs.

Last, but not least, I’m looking for input - input on ways to improve the NJPPA, input on ways to better serve the members. I’m looking for ideas on how to tackle the new problems of being photojournalists. This is an open forum and I need your help. If you are like me, I love what I do, I love being behind the camera and I love being a photojournalist – but I hate what is happening to the industry. Let’s try to find a solution together.

Thank you again and I look forward to seeing you out on the street.

Tim Larsen
President, NJPPA

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Change In Leadership

To all our members,

Though my term as President is now over I am happy to announce I am
being succeeded by Tim Larsen as President and Colin Archer as Vice
President. Our Secretary/Treasurer remains Reena Rose Sibayan, who
has graciously accepted the office for another term (thank you Reena!).

For those of you who know Tim, you know he's a respected photographer
as well as great guy. For those who may not know him yet, I can
assure you the organization is in very good hands. This goes for
Colin as well.

I had dinner with both Tim and Colin tonight to officially hand over
the reigns and talk about the future of the NJPPA. Both are very
optimistic about what is to come as well as having some great ideas.
I hope everyone will welcome and congratulate our new officers.

I have gotten several questions over the last few weeks regarding the
POY contest. Some minor changes are being made to the rules and it is
coming together thanks to the work of Ed Murray and Jen Brown. Notice
of deadline will be sent out in the near future.

It has been a pleasure to serve as NJPPA President and I will continue
to be active in our organization for years to come.

Thank You,
Tony Kurdzuk

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Vote for Officers

Dear Members,

Two polls have been posted on the Yahoo board to elect a new President and Vice President of the NJPPA for the 2009-2010 term.

The polls close on Wednesday, Feb. 4 so please log in and cast your ballot before then.

Thank you!
Tony Kurdzuk
NJPPA President