Melanie Burford explores long-term projects that blend documentary photography with investigative journalism. She was part of the team of Dallas Morning News photographers who received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. In 2009 she won the Regional Emmy Award for video documentary work. Melanie’s photojournalism and video work has been recognized at the 16th Annual Webby Awards, the 74th annual National Headliner Awards, the Harry Chapin Media Awards, the Clarion Awards, the Best of Photojournalism and Pictures of the Year International.
An Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, her passion for teaching has gained her keynote speaking roles, including The Brown and Haley Lectureship at the University of Puget Sound, the International Conference on Critical Literacy in Visual Culture at the University of North Texas and the Kodak Seminar Series touring Australia and New Zealand. She has been a Team Leader at Eddie Adams Workshop, Instructor of Video Storytelling at the NPPA Northern Short Course, a Keynote Speaker and Coach at the multimedia Fall Workshop at Syracuse University and a Video Storytelling Instructor at RIT.
Originally from New Zealand, Melanie’s career began in 1990, working at The Evening Post before moving to America in 1999, becoming a staff photographer at The Dallas Morning News in 2003 and moving to New York in 2009, where she became a co-founder of the photo collective, Prime.
- Audio editing
- Breaking news
- Video capture
- Video editing