Last June I flew to Cleveland to cover the championship parade for the NBA’s Cavaliers. I stood in a swarm of a million Clevelanders and witnessed one of the most stellar scenes in sports.
I also witnessed one of the most stellar sights in photojournalism: the editing of Chad Nelson.
The photographer from KARE-TV in the Twin Cities had been, like myself, called to help our sister station in Cleveland. We worked on separate stories, and after I completed mine, I stopped by Chad’s desk to say hello.
Within minutes, I was receiving a master class in color and composition.
I had always admired the care with which Nelson treats his video, but in Cleveland I gained a deeper appreciation. Nelson works at a station that prides itself on its storytelling culture, and he carries that culture in every story he shoots.
Last month, it paid off. Nelson received three pieces of extraordinary news:
- He was named the NPPA’s Central Top Region’s Photographer of the Year.
- He was named a finalist for the NPPA’s Ernie Crisp Photographer of the Year award.
- He was also named a finalist for the NPPA’s Editor of the Year award.
Now he is my guest on Episode #53 of the Telling the Story podcast.
We talked about quite a bit but focused on two of Chad’s great stories from last year:
- Bus company owner goes above and beyond for his students
- Pokemon Go becomes a sensation in the Twin Cities