Alum's photos on front page New York Times

Etheredge: Double Take Part Two

From the Asheville Citizen-Times:

"Asheville readers of the New York Times might have done a double take Saturday morning [January 23, 2016]. A snowy Asheville street scene was pictured on the front cover of the national newspaper, photographed by local resident and recent UNC Asheville graduate George Etheredge.

Several other Etheredge photographs were published in digital slideshows throughout the New York Times website. National publication is a significant career event for any freelance photographer, but Etheredge is 24-years-old, and he graduated from UNC Asheville in December." Read More

At the same time his epic snow storm photos (cover plus several interior/online images) were appearing in the New York Times, George was also running a series (one of more than a dozen in the past year) in the Asheville Citizen-Times. The images and others taken during the same event are in the New York Times News Service and Syndicate, which means anyone can publish (with permission/fee), and they were subsequently published by newspapers and online sources (in addition to Asheville Citizen-Times) including Boston Globe, The Schenectady Daily GazetteToronto Star, Tampa Bay Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Dallas Morning News, and numerous blogs and news aggregates. 

Fast forward to February 16, when byline "George Etheredge for the New York Times" appears on the front page and interior on article highlighting the upcoming South Carolina Elections—this time the topic was a megachurch in Greenville, South Carolina. Earlier in the week, three photographs in the February 10, 2016, in print publication (A18) and online reporting on the South Carolina Primary in the New York Times as well as the Boston Globe, the Schenectady Daily Gazette, Global News Connect, Daily News Nation, Daily Kos, and several blogs and discussion groups.This is twice in less than a month that George's work has made the front page above the fold. Eric Tomberlin (one of George's professors): "To put this in context, most photojournalists, world-wide, would consider this a lifetime accomplishment. This is the second time that our student has managed this. . . . George will be moving to New York City in May, so I am absolutely confident that he is just getting started." 

George has been awarded a paid internship for the summer (2016) at the New York Times, described by the newspaper as the "Thomas Morgan Visual Journalism intern in photography works with Times photographers and editors, shooting assignments for every section of the report. The goal is to give the intern a taste of news, feature and sports photography, as well as the opportunity to learn lighting techniques from professionals. The intern is also expected to initiate enterprise projects apart from daily assignments. An editor serves as mentor and works with the intern."

In George's last semester at UNC Asheville, he was accepted into the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop, as one of one hundred students who have the opportunity to work closely with veteran world-class photojournalists in New York.  The application process is highly competitive, and seen as a catalyst in helping to launch the careers of many documentary photographers. Read UNC Asheville's press release announcement

In March 2016, George has continued to have photos on the front of interior sections and picked up by multiple outlets. On March 3, 2016, two of his photos taken in Grundy, Virginia, accompanied articles on "Trump Country" in both the New York Times and the Boston Globe.  On March 11, a photograph of Asheville early voting appears on front of US Section "North Carolina Exemplifies National Battles Over Voting Laws" and leads to it and another in the interior. Another version of the article was in print on March 11, 2016, on page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: North Carolina Is a Battlefield for Voter Laws.

To view thumbnails of George's images, open the New York Times News Service and Syndicate (service may require subscription or use through library).

Revised: March 16, George had front page of International New York Times.