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Photojournalism Today is Topic of Feb. 24 Crain Lecture

February 12, 2009 | by Wendy Leopold
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Valerie Goodloe, West Coast staff photographer for Ebony and Jet magazines, will deliver a lecture about photojournalism Tuesday, Feb. 24, at Northwestern University.

Titled "Being a Photojournalist in a Digital World," Goodloe's lecture will take place at 4 p.m. in the McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. Part of the Medill School of Journalism's Crain Lecture Series, it is free and open to the public.

Goodloe began her photographic career more than 20 years ago, but worked many years as a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service. With encouragement from her husband, children and friends, she quit her secure job to become a professional photographer.

Since then, she has worked at the Los Angeles Sentinel, where she won "Best Front Page News Picture" awards two consecutive years in a row, freelanced for Sister-to-Sister Magazine, Rolling Out, The Wave and other publications, and eventually became the first woman staff photographer for Johnson Publishing, parent company of Ebony and Jet.

She was commissioned by the City of Los Angeles to do a photographic exhibit of the city's African American leaders, and was the first photographer ever to have a one-person show at the California African American Museum.

More recently, she crossed the nation and went to Europe following the Barack Obama presidential campaign, and worked in Africa with former President Bill Clinton where she took photographs for the Clinton Foundation. She also took photographs in Africa for the 2009 Save Africa's Children calendar.

Goodloe is the executive producer of a documentary currently in production titled "Gang Girl: A Mother's Journey to Save Her Daughter."

The popular, admission-free Crain Lecture Series is named in honor of magazine publishers Gertrude and G.D. Crain Jr. For further information about the upcoming lecture, call (847) 491-5401 or visit http://www.medill.northwestern.edu.
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