Keith Jenkins

Keith W. Jenkins came to NPR in July 2008 as the Supervising Senior Producer for Multimedia. In this role he oversees the multimedia unit of NPR.org, responsible for the photography and videography throughout the site. Jenkins and his staff work with NPR shows, reporters and editors on reporting projects providing compelling visuals to match the rich audio story-telling of NPR. Among the daily photography and editing duties, Jenkins and his team work to create the visual components for NPR special series, such as: One Hundred Days: On the Road in Troubled Times, 'America's Battalion' in Afghanistan, The York Project: Race & The '08 Vote, Traveling Down the Amazon Road and Along the Grand Trunk Road: Coming of Age in India and Pakistan. In 2011 he received an Emmy as Senior Producer on NPR Music's Project Song: Moby. Jenkins spent 13 years at The Washington Post working in a variety of capacities. He served as a staff photographer and photography director of washingtonpost.com, photography editor of The Washington Post Magazine and deputy assistant managing editor for photography at the newspaper. From 1997 to 1999, Jenkins worked as AOL's first director of photography. Jenkins began his photography career working for the graphic designer Dietmar R. Winkler and then spent five years as a staff photographer for The Boston Globe. Acclaim for Jenkins' work as a photographer and editor has come from the National Press Photographer's Association; White House News Photographers Association; Radio and Television Correspondent's Association; University of Missouri; Society of News Design; the Society of Publication Designers; and the Art Director's Clubs of New York, Boston, and Washington. In 2007, Jenkins was the photo editor on The Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize winning series on Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Throughout his career, Jenkins has given lectures and presentations on photography and multimedia at schools and organizations including the New England School of Photography, Rhode Island School of Design, The Poynter Institute, University of Miami and American Press Institute. He currently teaches multimedia as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C. Jenkins is a graduate of Brandeis University and the Boston University School of Law.


The benefits, drawbacks of using camera phones as a photojournalist

The mind can sometimes play tricks on you.

After returning from a trip to Europe several months ago, I viewed some of the photos I had taken and was disappointed by how they turned out. I resolved (no pun intended) … Read more

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5 types of photos that make for strong photo essays, audio slideshows

In photography’s equivalent of the after-life, “no one can hear you scream.”

At least let’s hope that’s the case because, if not, W. Eugene Smith – the 20th century’s master of the photo story — would be creating a deafening … Read more

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Why contests need to do a better job of recognizing changes in multimedia journalism

I recently had the privilege of serving as a juror for the World Press Photo’s multimedia contest in Amsterdam.

This was, by far, one of the most organized contests I’ve attended. (For eight years I oversaw judging for the National … Read more

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The Best of Multimedia Photojournalism: The Era of the Ear

This year the Best of Photojournalism’s Best of the Web contest saw more — and better — online journalism presentations from around the world than it ever has before.

It may have also provided us with our first clear look … Read more

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Take a Blogger to Lunch (And Other Radical Ideas for Journos Struggling to Understand the Web)

Journalists, here’s some food for thought: What we do is going away because it has to. We can no longer claim the higher ground. There will be no “transition to the Web” — the Web exists and is as different … Read more

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