SWPJC MODERATOR | 2018

Sonya Singh
Writer/Photographer, Freelance

 

Sonya Singh is a freelance writer and photographer whose work has appeared in Los Angeles magazine, Rogue magazine, NME and Nylon, among others. She has photographed artists from dusky clubs to stadium stages, reported stories from inside maximum-security prison and interviewed hundreds of people from U.S. ambassadors to Slash. A graduate of Pepperdine University, Singh also advises student media in Southern California. She has traveled in more than 20 countries, previously working as an editorial assistant in London and in television production at BBC Worldwide in Los Angeles.

 

 


 

SWPJC FACULTY | 2018

 

Steve Babuljak
Photographer, Freelance

 

A few years ago I gave myself a challenge, “I want to be in the best financial, emotional, relational, spiritual, and physical shape I have ever been in by the time I turn 40.”  Well, it took me a few years, and I realize I’ll never fully arrive, but I can say I’ve been hitting a few highs:  I completed 3 personal photo projects this year and directed my first commercial.  Through some trusted mentors I’ve learned the power of accepting myself and others in new and profound ways.  About 6 months ago, motivated to reduce back pain, I made major changes to my diet and exercise routine, I lost over 20 lbs and now wake up most mornings pain free and feel stronger than I did in my 20s. I can say that after 25 years I still believe in the power of the message of Christ to restore human lives and be the hope of the future of change and renewal for all.

Steve Babuljak is based in Oakland, CA and started his career shooting for the Oakland Tribune, the Costa Costa Times, the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Telegraph Herald and the Patuxent Publishing Group. He uses his storytelling background to shoot real-life based commercial advertising for healthcare, education and active lifestyle brand clients.

 Louis DeLuca
Photojournalist, Dallas Morning News

 

Dallas Morning News staff photographer Louis DeLuca has spent almost 40 years documenting memorable moments in time. He has covered 12 Super Bowls, the NBA Finals, the World Series, the Stanley Cup Finals, the Summer Olympics and a variety of youth, high school and college sports events in Texas and nationwide.

DeLuca’s non-sports work has included coverage of five hurricanes, the Los Angeles riots and the Mexico City earthquake, as well as innumerable daily newspaper assignments that range from routine groundbreakings to the Ebola outbreak. DeLuca has been published in Sports Illustrated, Life Magazine, ESPN the Magazine, Newsweek and The New York Times Magazine, and his work has been on display in galleries in Austin and Dallas’ Design District.

Five times DeLuca has been named Regional Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association, and he finished as runner-up another five times. In addition to the DMN, he has also worked for the Dallas Times Herald, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Shreveport Journal and the Marshall News-Messenger. He is married and has four grown children.

 


Bill Fortney
Photographer, X-Photographer by Fujifilm

 

Bill Fortney is a photographer, writer, pilot, and highly sought after presenter with over 47 years of experience in-the-field.  Bill has done professional work as a newspaper and magazine photojournalist, sports photographer, (once an official photographer for the Washington Redskins), medical photographer, and nature/landscape photographer.  Bill’s best selling books include;  The Nature of America (with David Middleton), American Vision (with David Middleton, John Shaw and Wayne Lynch),  America From 500 Feet (with Wesley Fortney),  Bill Fortney’s Great Photography Workshop.  America From 500 Feet II (with Mark Kettenhofen).  Bill’s books have sold well over 150,000 copies, placing him on the list of best selling photographer/authors in America.  Bill has been named a Fellow by the North American Nature Photographers Association.

Bill currently teaches for KelbyOne as a speaker/teacher.  Bill teaches His Light Workshops, a Christian based workshop company and with Jack Graham Photography Workshops.   Bill has been named as a X-Photographer by Fujifilm and use the Fuji X-System.  You can learn more about Bill, his workshops and view his work at: www.billfortney.com

Bill, and his wife Sherelene, live in Corbin, Kentucky, and have three grown children and 6 grandchildren.


 Larry McCormack
Photojournalist, The Tennessean

 

For over 30 years, Larry McCormack has covered the everyday lives of his friends, his neighbors, students, church members, country music stars, politicians, and other members of the general public in the middle Tennessee community for local newspapers in the area.

He currently informs the readers of The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, Tenn.

With his years of experience, McCormack attempts to translate for his viewers the surroundings of the “big city” that still has a small town feel. Sports, politics, music, food, news and even the occasional society event draw his eye toward things of interest to show his viewers.

Numerous national, regional and state awards validate his ability to tell the story of everyday people in the joys and struggles of life. Larry was also on a team nominated for a Pulitzer for The Tennessean’s coverage of the 2010 flood that devastated Nashville.

McCormack is a frequent lecturer, teacher and mentor on photographic vision with aspiring photojournalists in conferences around the country.

www.tennessean.com


 Patrick Murphy-Racey

Photographer, Sony Artisan Associate

 

Sony Artisan Associate Patrick Murphy-Racey has been looking ahead and adapting to the “next thing” for his entire career. While he started in newspapers, he quickly moved into magazine editorial work, then into corporate and advertising and high-end wedding photojournalism. Now, half of his assignments are video. He will share why Christ must be the center of transcending, reinventing, updating, adapting and making forward momentum as we shoot our way through life.

 

 

 


Rick Musacchio

Director of Communications, Diocese of Nashville

 

Over my 30+ years in the business of storytelling, there have been tremendous changes. Large metro daily newspapers are a shadow of their former selves. Staff positions have been slashed and the news hole has dwindled. Small, niche publications with targeted audiences are thriving. The commitment to fair, honest, engaged coverage of local communities is the currency that earns access to delicate situations and opens the door to important stories.

In Aug. 1998, after a 15-year career in daily newspapers including internship and staff positions at The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The West Palm Beach Post, The Clarion Ledger, and The Tennessean, Rick Musacchio became Editor in Chief of the Tennessee Register.  Since that time, the Tennessee Register, the newspaper of the Diocese of Nashville, and its staff have won numerous awards in Catholic Press Association competitions including four awards for General Excellence as the top newspaper in its circulation category.  He also serves as Director of Communications for the Diocese of Nashville, responsible for the publication of the newspaper, the diocesan website, and a number of other aspects of the diocesan communications operation.  He serves on a number of committees at both the diocesan and national level. He and his wife, Karen, live in Nashville and have five children, 30-7 years old, and one grandchild and another on the way.

 


Sally Jean Wegert

Photographer, Recent Graduate of Western Kentucky University

 

Sally Jean Wegert is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and a recent graduate of Western Kentucky University’s prestigious photojournalism program, graduating with a B.A. in Photojournalism and Spanish Language. She recently edited for The CW Television Network in Burbank, California, and has been California dreamin’ ever since.

Her storytelling is motivated by a fascination with human nature and world cultures, which led her across several continents before the age of 20. During her final four months as an undergraduate student, she created The Femininity Project, a print magazine profiling women of varying backgrounds and ages to explore and expound upon what it means to be a woman in 2017. In the same year, she worked as the Art Director for the newly-created Talisman Magazine, a bi-annual student lifestyle magazine published through her university.