Carnegie Mellon University
September 28, 2012

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon University Engineering Students Host Photojournalism Excellence Award

Contact: Chriss Swaney / 412-268-5776 /
Abby Simmons / 412-268-4290 /

Event: Carnegie Mellon University Engineering students will honor National Geographic photographer Lynn Johnson for more than 30 years of photography excellence.

Jonathan Carreon, a senior majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and photo editor of the Tartan, will present Johnson with the third annual Shutterbug Award for excellence in photography and multimedia. The goal of the award is to inspire CMU student photographers to tell stories about the school and daily life through photographs.

Johnson, who is scheduled to discuss the finer points of photojournalism and showcase some of her favorite photo assignments, is a veteran newspaper, magazine and freelance photojournalist. She has dangled from helicopters in Antarctica and scaled the radio antenna atop Chicago's Hancock Tower to capture the perfect image. Her work is filled with compassion and hope. Dividing her time between global assignments for National Geographic and various foundations, Johnson is committed to developing the talents of a new generation of photographers.

Johnson earned a Bachelor of Art degree in photographic illustration and photojournalism at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1975. She was a Knight Fellow at the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University and has won numerous photography awards including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Coverage of the Disadvantaged, a World Press Award and pictures of the year award from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

The veteran photojournalist will be introduced by Tony Tye, photo editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and a 2011 CMU Shutterbug Awardee.

The event is sponsored by the College of Engineering, The Society of Women Engineers and the CMU Department of Media Relations.  The public is invited to the event. Lunch will be served.

When: Noon, Monday, Oct. 1.

Where: The Singleton Room, Roberts Engineering Hall, Carnegie Mellon University, off Frew Street, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15213.