Kenny Irby is the Visual Journalism Group Leader & Diversity Director at at The Poynter Institute. Irby is an integral figure in visual journalism education, known for his insightful knowledge of photographic storytelling, innovative management ideas, and steadfast ethical thinking. He founded Poynter's photojournalism program in 1995, and teaches seminars and consults in areas of photojournalism, leadership, ethics, and diversity. During his 12-year tenure at Poynter, Irby has traveled to Nigeria, Amsterdam, Denmark, Canada, Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa and Russia preaching excellence in photojournalism. Irby recently chaired the 2007 Pulitzer (photography categories), lectured at the World Press Photos buddy training program, is a member of the Eddie Adams Workshop board, presented on the 2003 Flying Short Course, served as photo manager at two USA Olympic Games (1996 and 299), chaired the Unity '99 Visual Task Force and is Poynter's representative and a founding member of The Best of Photojournalism (BOP) Committee.
Irby contributed as a photo editor to three Pulitzer Prize-winning projects while at Newsday; is a recipient of numerous NPPA awards including the 2007 Sprague Award (the organization's highest award), 2002 Presidents Award, 1999 Joseph Costa Award and others. He has been a juror for the American Society of Newspaper Editor's Community Service Photojournalism Awards, the Society for News Design, Annual Pictures of the Year Competition, White House News Photographers' Competition, and the Scripps Howard National Journalism Awards. As a leader and facilitator in the visual journalism arena, he is a frequent lecturer and author on photographic reporting issues.
Irby has been photographer and deputy director of photography for Newsday, Inc., and photographer and assistant photo editor for The Oakland Press. He has a B.S., in photojournalism from Boston University.
August 6th, 2009
The annual WJI Conference for Minority Christian Journalists will be held this year in Tampa, Florida, in partnership with the National Association of Black Journalists.