Pich Chet works with her team’s coach, Mike Roy. | Wasim Ahmad, Photographer

The Fall Workshop

ITC student Ellie Mayberry builds skills and finds passion at SU’s Fall Workshop

Syracuse University’s 2018 Fall Workshop at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications was a life-changing event for me.

Throughout this weekend I had the incredible opportunity to work alongside some of the most talented people the photojournalism world has to offer, all in my hometown of Syracuse. All of the coaches participating in the workshop are professionals in the industry and were so willing to help me in every way possible to grow as a photographer.

Because of that, I am no longer the same photographer I was at the beginning of the workshop.

My coaches were Syracuse’s own Mike Roy, Wasim Ahmad, Linda Epstein and Michelle McLoughlin, along with my high school photography teacher, Mr. Jeffrey Newell.

I believe that I have improved in so many aspects of my photography and storytelling. Building connections was something that many of the coaches said would help you in the industry of photojournalism. Throughout the weekend I was able to do just that! All of my coaches on the Emerging Team, which consisted of ITC Media Communications students, are not only people who I admire and trust, but people who are also willing to help me navigate the industry.

Walking out of this workshop I am no longer unsure of my future and am confident that photojournalism is a career I want to pursue. The weekend was jampacked with learning, working and having fun alongside people I have admired for years including my classmates from ITC: Ana McGough, Pich Chet, Malika Ghazai, Claudia Pels and Gaydoh Soe.

I will forever be grateful for this chance of a lifetime that has not only helped me grow as a photographer, but as a person as well. I will never be able to thank everyone enough for making this past weekend so incredible.


The Fall Workshop 2018 Emerging Team members with their coach. | Wasim Ahmad, Photographer

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