This is a photo of Fall Workshop participants at Newhouse in 2016

Students to document the lives of Syracuse residents this week as part of the Newhouse School’s annual Fall Workshop

By Wendy S. Loughlin

October 18, 2017

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Renée C. Byer will kick off the event with a public lecture Oct. 19

Over 100 graduate, undergraduate and military visual journalism students from the Newhouse School’s Department of Multimedia Photography and Design (MPD) will spend Oct. 19–22 documenting the lives of Syracuse residents as part of the school’s annual Fall Workshop.

The students will use photography, recorded sound, video and writing to tell stories of people in the surrounding community. Their work will be published online at in the weeks following the workshop, but live updates will be posted throughout the weekend.

The event will open with a talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Renée C. Byer on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3.

This is a photo of Renee Byer

Byer is an award-winning documentary photojournalist and Emmy-nominated multimedia field producer best known for her in-depth work focusing on the disadvantaged and those who otherwise would not be heard. Her ability to produce photographs with profound emotional resonance and sensitivity earned her the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography in 2007 and dozens of national and international honors, including the World Understanding Award from Pictures of the Year International. She was also a Pulitzer finalist in 2013.

Byer has traveled throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America covering some of the most important issues of our time. Her stories have deepened our understanding of the environment, climate change, extreme poverty, genetically modified food, healthcare, women at war, domestic violence and the drought and economic crisis in California.

“The Fall Workshop is often cited by students as one of the best educational opportunities they had during their time in Syracuse,” says Bruce Strong, MPD chair and director of the workshop. “We are grateful to all the professional coaches who give freely of their time to help our students grow, and to the community members who open their doors to our students.”

Thirty-five professional photojournalists, video producers, graphic designers, photo editors, writers and other visual communicators from across the country will spend the weekend at Newhouse, providing advice and guidance as coaches.

On Sunday, Oct. 22, participating students will present their final stories in a community show from noon to 2 p.m. The event will begin with a reception in the lobby of Newhouse 1, where the print show will be on display, followed by a viewing of the multimedia stories in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3 to view the multimedia stories. The community show is free and open to the public.

Follow the workshop at as it unfolds, and on Facebook ( and Twitter (@TheFallWorkshop, #TFW17).

For more information about the workshop, contact creative and managing director Renée Stevens at 315-443-3367 or

Pictured above: 2016 Fall Workshop participants in the lobby of Newhouse 1.