Alumni Profile - Robert Franklin

                                                           Photo by Robert Franklin, Class of 2008

             Robert Franklin is a staff photographer at the Indiana South Bend Tribune, a job that takes him all over the country, covering Notre Dame football and basketball events.  He names photographing the 2013 BCS National Championship and three NCAA Women’s Final Four tournaments as career highlights in the three years he has worked for the Tribune.  Robert has been the recipient of numerous awards for his work including being named the 2013 Sports Photographer of the year by the Indiana News Photographer’s Association and receiving an Associated Press Media Editors’ Bushemi Sweepstakes Award. 

            When asked about his experiences at Randolph Community College Robert says,  “I still have flashbacks of Chuck Egerton’s classes, basically everything I do in my job today is something I learned during my time at RCC.” He went on to state, “the structure of the program, combined with great instructors, set me on a path where I could succeed in this very competitive business.” As far as advice to current students he says to use and learn about all the equipment at the school and make sure to work on plenty of video skills.  Franklin shoots video on a daily basis and insists that being able to produce clean, slick multimedia will be one of the most important skills that Photojournalism grads will require to secure a job in their field.

                                                                                                  Robert Franklin

Story by Seth Combs, Class of 2015
As part of the Fall Journalism class, the Photojournalism students interviewed and wrote a short profile story on a Randolph Community College Photography Program graduate. We will feature a new profile each month over the next year.


RCC Photography Students Open Photography Exhibit at Carrboro Century Center

Marjory_Casseus layout of small desert cakes, strawbeeies, and pastry tools.
Photo layout by RCC student Marjory Casseus

ASHEBORO (April 9, 2015) – A group of Randolph Community College Photographic Technology students are displaying their work at a gallery in the Carrboro Century Center lobby through the month of May. The public is invited.
The gallery show was organized by photo student TJ Carr and will include medium-format, black-and-white film pieces that the students printed themselves in the RCC darkroom.
Carr grew up and currently resides in the town of Carrboro. He became interested in both photography and music at a young age and has put forth an effort to grow both passions throughout his life. He said he put together this gallery to display his work and the work of his peers at RCC as well as to try and raise awareness for the RCC Photographic Technology program.
One of the students, Allison Isley of Thomasville, said she is considering a career in commercial photography and is interested in traveling and documenting the culture of the areas she visits as well as the surrounding landscapes.
Another, Holly Spicer of Boone, said she has always had a passion for wildlife and nature photography. “Ever since I opened my first National Geographic magazine as a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a photojournalist and I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else,” she writes.
Luke Christiansen, who said he began his professional career as an educator and lacrosse coach, enrolled at Randolph to “combine my love for writing and photography and to further develop myself as a powerful storyteller.”
Chelsea Mehalek of Chapel Hill said she fell in love with photography “on a self-discovery trip I took backpacking through Europe and I haven’t stopped shooting since. My passion is now capturing people.”
In addition those mentioned above, other students with photos on display are Lindsey Hooker, Matthew Jarrett, Jon Eric Johnson, Sarah Louya, Caitlin Penna, Javas Reid, Nathan Richards, and Tasha Thomas, all of Asheboro; Whitney Keller of Burlington; Marjory Casseus of Greensboro; and Denise Agard of Queens, N.Y.
The Carrboro Century Center is located at 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
For more information on RCC’s Photographic Technology programs, go to www.randolph.edu/photo.

Allison_Isley image of silhouette of person jumping in front of a tall office building.

Photo by RCC student Allison Isley


RCC Photo Department Featured in Thrive Magazine

Image by RCC student Seth Combs
 The April 2015 edition of the Courier-Tribune's award winning Thrive Magazine includes several articles about the Randolph Community College Photography program and the talents of Randolph County citizens. To see the articles click HERE.
          Thanks to the team at Thrive Magazine for putting together such a fabulous local magazine.


Jerry Wolford named Photojournalist of the Year (Small Markets)

Jerry Wolford winning image
The NPPA announced today that Jerry Wolford, an RCC alumni, was named Photojournalist of the Year (Small Markets).
Wolford was also awarded third place in the General News category.
See the full story here.
Congratulations to Mr. Jerry Wolford on his achievement.


Life: Through the lens of Dr. Wesley Fennell, RCC Photo Graduate

Dr. Wesley Fennell holds a photograph of Dora Atlas he made to honor her contributions to Our Daily Bread soup kitchen as the organization celebrated its 25th anniversary recently. (Erik Buxton/The Courier-Tribune)

Dr. Wesley Fennell of Asheboro, a graduate of the Portrait Studio Management 
Photography Concentration at Randolph Community College 
is featured in this article from the Courier-Tribune: