In 2014, Susan Kirkman Zake, Bruce Zake and
Curt Chandler taught our workshop.
Susan Kirkman Zake is a tenure track assistant professor in Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where she teaches classes in photojournalism, multimedia storytelling techniques and web programming for journalists. She is the former Managing Editor for Multimedia & Special Projects at the Akron Beacon Journal, where she began work as a staff photographer in 1986. Over a 20-year career, she worked as an assignment editor, picture editor, graphics editor, assistant metro editor, assistant managing editor and managing editor for multimedia and special projects. She shares in three Pulitzer Prize team awards: • 1987, Akron Beacon Journal, for its coverage of the attempted takeover of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. • 1994, Akron Beacon Journal, for A Question of Color, an examination of local racial attitudes. • 2006, The Biloxi Sun Herald, for its coverage of the destruction of the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina.
Bruce Zake is an adjunct faculty member at the Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching photography, multimedia and location lighting. He has been a freelance photographer for more than 25 years and finally completed his masters’ degree in journalism in the summer of 2012.
Bruce’s work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers including Time Inc. Publications, The Wall Street Journal, Cahner’s Publications and USA Today. He has traveled throughout the country for a variety of corporate clients, advertising agencies and specialty publications including Fidelity Investments, FirstMerit Corporation and Meredith Corporation.
Curt Chandler brings more than 25 years of newsroom experience in print and online to the classroom, where he teaches communications and multimedia at Penn State University. Before coming to Penn State, Chandler was the editor for online innovation and director of photography for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He also taught at Duquesne University from 1998 to 2005.
Will Yurman joined the faculty of Penn State in January 2011 where he teaches photojournalism and multimedia. Before arriving at Penn State he worked as a photojournalist and multimedia producer at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. He has taught at multimedia workshops all over the country including the NPPA Immersion Workshop, The Santa Fe Photographic Workshop and the Mountain Workshops.
John Beale teaches introductory and advanced courses in photojournalism and coordinates the Keystone Multimedia Workshop. For the Kent Multimedia Workshop, John gets to teach and leaves the coordination to Bruce. Prior to his arrival at Penn State, he worked 21 years as a photographer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Beale is also the director of the Penn State Institute for High School Journalists.
Dave Foster is an NTT assistant professor of multimedia and photography at Kent State University. He received his master’s degree in journalism education in 2014. He received his undergraduate degree in photojournalism from Kent State in 2009, then attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. As an undergraduate, he was named by The Ohio News Photographers Association as Student Photographer of the Year, in 2006 and 2007. David has interned as a photographer at The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, OH) and the The Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, OH).