Three veteran photographers will be inducted into the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame Thursday, Oct. 17.
The program will begin at 4 p.m. at the Hall of Fame building on Second Street just west of Jefferson Street. A reception for the inductees will follow the program.
This will be the ninth induction class. The Hall of Fame was established in 2005.
The program includes a welcome message by Mayor Sandy Lucy and comments by Dr. Jon Bauer, chairman of the board of the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce, which has assisted in the operation of the Hall of Fame. The guest speaker will be Secretary of State Jason Kander. The master of ceremonies will be Doug Crews, executive director of the Missouri Press Association and its Foundation.
The induction ceremonies will be conducted by two members of the Hall of Fame committee, Cliff Schiappa, retired Associated Press midwest photo editor, and David Rees, director of the photography education program at the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia.
To be inducted are Bob Linder, Springfield, Mo., Geri Migielicz, state of California, and the late Jim Miller, Jr., former photo editor of the Washington Missourian.
Linder is a veteran photographer, photo editor and multimedia specialist. He has worked for newspapers in Springfield, the Daily News, Leader-Press and News-Leader, and is an award-winning photographer. His passion as a photographer has centered on the people and places of the Missouri and Arkansas Ozarks. He is a former faculty member of the Missouri Photo Workshop.
Geri Migielicz is a former photographer for daily newspapers in Kansas, the St. Joseph News-Press and Gazette in Missouri, The Rocky Mountain News, the Seattle Times and San Jose Mercury. She has been an award-winning photo editor. She has excelled in photo editing, photography and multimedia. She also has produced web documentaries and started a multimedia production company. She is a visiting professor at Stanford University’s Graduate Program in Journalism. She has been a faculty member at the Missouri Photo Workshop.
Jim Miller, Jr., who died in 1987, had a varied newspaper, radio and television career, but even when he wasn’t directly involved in making pictures for the Washington Missourian, he worked as a freelance photographer in several states. He sold broadcast advertising for more than 10 years after working in the advertising department at the Kansas City Star for several years. He was photo editor of The Missourian for more than 20 years. He won a number of state and national photography awards. He was on call by The Missourian seven days and nights a week for photography. His photo work included numerous fires, crime photos, auto accidents, floods, airplane and train crashes, sports, in addition to the routine news photography assignments that are an everyday event. He did considerable aerial photography work. He started his photo work while in high school and was skilled in the darkroom. He also learned to be a photo engraver in the old letterpress hot metal days.
One of the standards for being nominated for the Hall of Fame is that the photojournalist must have made an impact with his or her work in Missouri.
The Hall of Fame’s main sponsors are the Missouri Press Foundation, The Missourian and the MU School of Journalism. Cooperating in the program are the city of Washington, Washington Area Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Press Association and Associated Press.