Kenneth Irby

Kenny founded Poynter's photojournalism program in 1995. He teaches in seminars and consults in areas of photojournalism, leadership, ethics and diversity.


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How shopping, prayer led to Columbus Dispatch’s viral Ted Williams video

Before Ted Williams entered rehab for drug and alcohol issues, he was a homeless man Doral Chenoweth saw on his way to the store.

Chenoweth, a Web producer for The Columbus Dispatch, told me by e-mail how he discovered Williams … Read more

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How photographer James Palka captured Giffords shooting aftermath with images that defined the event

In photography, timing is key.

On January 8, 2011, 63-year-old native Chicagoan James F. Palka’s timing saved his life. It also allowed him to document the tragic aftermath of an attempt on the life of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and … Read more

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What Byron Pitts Learned in Haiti: ‘We Are Tough and Delicate Creatures’

After seven days of reporting in Haiti amid unthinkable misery, Byron Pitts, chief national correspondent for CBS News, boarded a chopper last week, homeward bound via the Dominican Republic. Looking down at the landscape, he saw some of the toughest … Read more

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Herald Photographer Brings Compassion, History to Haiti Earthquake Coverage

The little country of Haiti has become a place of such massive desolation. What the people of Haiti need, as much as media coverage and prayer, is compassion.

I was not surprised that one of the first U.S. journalists en … Read more

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Poynter Hosts Sports Journalism Institute

For the fourth year, The Poynter Institute is hosting a week-long segment of the Sports Journalism Institute, a nine-week internship program for college students who want to pursue sports journalism careers.

Under the supervision of Kenny Irby, Poynter’s visual … Read more

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Archived Chat: Dallas Morning News Captures Award-Winning Photos from the ‘Edge of Life’

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Dallas Morning News photographer Sonya Hebert and reporter Lee Hancock spent the past year documenting death — how we experience it and how it changes the way we live — for a five-part series called “At the Edge of Life.”Read more

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2009 NPPA Judges Hold High Standards in Turbulent Time

For one week, during a time of unprecedented change in the industry, 11 judges endured early mornings and late nights to evaluate excellence in photojournalism.

This year 3,700 journalists from 147 countries submitted more that 52,000 entries (still photographs, video … Read more

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New Camera Angle on Obamas Focuses All Eyes on Inauguration

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There were perhaps millions of photographs made as the lens of the world focused on Tuesday’s inauguration of America’s 44th president. And yet, one iconic photograph of the Obama family — topped off by the majestic, white capitol building dome … Read more

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When The Story Behind a Photo Turns up False

July 9 Update: The mother of the child discussed in this article fabricated at least part of her account of what happened, according to an Editors’ Note published by The Times Wednesday.

The Times reported that, in the course Read more

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Looking at ‘The Bottom Line’: Lessons from a Photo Essay

Mona Reeder, a photographer with the Dallas Morning News, has won a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for domestic photography for her photo essay “The Bottom Line.” Through pictures, Reeder explored Texas’ poor rankings in a number of categories … Read more

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