Zenfolio | Hal Smith Photojournalist | About
Over the past twenty years Hal Smith has photographed everything from county fairs to breaking national news while working as both a freelance editorial photographer and staff photojournalist for various mid-western newspapers. His work has garnered many awards and honors over the years, and has been published both nationally and internationally.

Abilities:
Knowledgeable in the technical aspects of photography for both print and online publication, with the ability to work in both Macintosh and PC environments including: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Bridge, Abode In Design, Photo Mechanic, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office, News Edit Pro, Portfolio, and many other software packages. I have taken leadership roles in video production including: shooting, editing, posting and educating fellow staff members.

Experience:
11/2006 - 11/2010, The Sedalia Democrat, Sedalia, Mo.
Staff Photojournalist.
One of two photojournalists responsible for generating the daily photographic report of sports, features, general and spot news images at a seven day morning newspaper. The responsibilities of my job included photo editing, assignment coordination and video production duties for both print and online editions.

7/2002 - 10/2006, The Emporia Gazette, Emporia, Kan.
Staff Photojournalist.
My duties included general assignment photography for a six day afternoon newspaper in east central Kansas. During my time at The Emporia Gazette I helped the newspaper earn four consecutive Kansas Press Association Sweepstakes Awards.

9/2000 - 7/2002, The Hannibal Courier-Post, Hannibal, Mo.
Photojournalist.
The sole photojournalist for small Midwestern daily newspaper.

3/1996 - 9/2000, Lawrence H. Smith Creative, Bowling Green, Ky. Self employed in the operation of a commercial photographic and design studio specializing in editorial, corporate and advertising photography and marketing collateral.

3/1993 - 3/1996, Freelance photojournalist, Bowling Green, Ky.

8/1991 - 8/1992, The Rome News Tribune, Rome, Ga.
Staff photojournalist.

1/1990 - 5/1990, The Grand Rapids Press, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Intern photojournalist.

5/1989 - 9/1989, The Kentucky New Era, Hopkinsville, Ky.
Intern photojournalist.

Education:
9/1985 - 5/1991, Western Kentucky University
Bachelor of Arts degree received in photojournalism with a minor field of study in psychology.

9/2001, Recipient of the Missouri Press Association scholarship to attend the 53rd Missouri Photojournalism Workshop.

Honors:
1st Place, sports photography, Associated Press, 2009 Missouri Photo Competition.

1st Place, feature photography, Missouri Press Association, 2007 Better Newspaper Contest.

1st Place, feature photography, Kansas Press Association, 2007 Awards of Excellence.

2nd Place, photo package, Kansas Press Association, 2007 Awards of Excellence.

1st Place, feature photography, Kansas Press Association, 2006 Awards of Excellence.

2nd Place, photo package, Kansas Press Association, 2006 Awards of Excellence.

1st Place, feature photography, Kansas Press Association, 2005 Awards of Excellence.

1st Place, news photography, Kansas Press Association, 2005 Awards of Excellence.

1st Place, photo package, Kansas Press Association, 2005 Awards of Excellence.

2nd Place, sports photography, Kansas Press Association, 2005 Awards of Excellence.

1st Place, sports photography, Associated Press, 2004 Kansas-Missouri Photo Competition.

1st Place, feature photography, Kansas Press Association, 2004 Awards of Excellence.

2nd Place, feature package, Kansas Press Association, 2004 Awards of Excellence.