Director of POYi
Reynolds Journalism Institute
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About Rick Shaw
Richard Shaw is director of Pictures of the Year International (POY), the oldest and most prestigious visual journalism program in the world.
POY’s primary mission is to promote the work of visual journalists and foster professional development as a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. Shaw oversees the program’s 74-year competition, coordinates worldwide exhibitions, cultivates the POY archive, and has launched new initiatives including POY Latin America.
Shaw also specializes in drone technology as an emerging tool for journalism. He coordinates the Missouri Drone Journalism program and co-teaches the course “Civilian Drone Issues, Applications and Flight” at the Missouri School of Journalism. Shaw holds a private pilot license under FAA Part 61, plus a remote pilot license under Part 107. He also earned UAS Safety Certification and UAS Instructor Certification for small unmanned aircraft from the Unmanned Safety Institute in Orlando, Florida, affiliated with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Shaw’s prior newspaper career spans 27 years in visual editing and management. He began as a photojournalist and moved into senior editing roles, working for newspapers such as The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville and The Sacramento Bee for 12 years, where he served in a variety of roles including photo editor, assistant director of photography and an assistant news editor. Shaw was named director of photography and graphics at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix, and in 2001 joined the Hartford Courant as its director of design and graphics.
He has been recognized with several design and photo editing awards, including “Picture Editor of the Year” in POY and National Press Photographers Association competitions. In 1991, Shaw was part of the editing team for The Sacramento Bee that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, responsible for both the photo editing and page design for the series, “The Sierra in Peril.” The Sacramento Bee and Hartford Courant both have won POY’s Angus McDougall Overall Excellence in Editing award.
Shaw joined the University of Missouri in 2004 as an assistant professor for visual editing and management and served as the director of photography for The Columbia Missourian, the student-staffed daily city newspaper. In 2006 and 2007, he directed the student editing staff to two consecutive POY Editing Portfolio awards, competing against professional newspapers nationwide.
In 2006, the Reynolds Journalism Institute named Shaw director of Pictures of the Year International. He continues as an adjunct faculty member at the Missouri School of Journalism, teaching visual editing, multimedia and photojournalism.
Shaw holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism, specializing in online visual journalism. His thesis research examined how Web-based news organizations’ visual character, or visual personality, affects audience perceptions of credibility.
Rick Shaw is director of Pictures of the Year International, the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism program in the world.
Stories about Rick Shaw
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September 4, 2015
Futures Lab Update
Futures Lab update #119: Drone footage on TV and sensors in the subway
August 26, 2015
How I spent my summer: Drone camp
August 25, 2015
Reynolds Foundation endowment for RJI
Dean Mills’ remarks at announcement of $30.1 million gift from Reynolds Foundation
November 8, 2012