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Dipti Vaidya
dvai@yahoo.com
865-850-8675

 

Experience

Metropolitan Government of Nashville, Nashville, Tenn.,September 2013-present
Head photographer for the city of Nashville and Davidson County. I document city events and provide photographic and editing services for 60 departments including the Office of the Mayor, police and fire departments, the Nashville.gov website and the public library. I developed an archiving system for historical photos and act as administrator for digital asset management software.

The Tennessean, Nashville, Tenn., 2006-August 2013
Staff photographer/videographer at a 180,000-circulation paper serving Middle Tennessee. I photographed the May 2010 Nashville flood, which garnered the staff a Pulitzer Prize finalist award; the aftermath of two deadly tornados; the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas; NCAA and NCAAW basketball tournaments and NFL football.I generated an in-depth story about the lives of those buried in Nashville’s paupers’ graves, including a young John Doe murdered in 1998 who was finally identified in 2013. I spent a year documenting a blind girl’s journey from India to the U.S. for specialized eye surgery. Awards include Best of Photojournalism, National Headliner Award and Tennessee Associated Press awards.

Knoxville News Sentinel, Knoxville, Tenn., 2004-2006
Online producer at a 125,000-circulation paper in East Tennessee. I produced multimedia special projects using video, audio and still photographs. Handled daily content management and breaking news. Projects include the Tennessee National Guard 278th’s deployment from Camp Shelby and alternative childbirth methods.

The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio, 2002-2004
Staff photographer/imager for a 250,000-circulation paper serving Central Ohio. I photographed a variety of assignments, including an award-winning documentary travel project on Route 66.

Suburban News Publications Columbus, Ohio, 1999-2001
Staff photographer for about 17 community weeklies serving Central Ohio. I covered high school sports, features and community news.

 

Professional Awards Pulitzer Prize Finalist
The Tennessean staff
2011 Breaking News Coverage
of May 2010 floods

National Press Photographer’s Association, Best of Photojournalism
2007 1st place Humor
2005 3rdplace Multimedia Package

National Headliner Awards
2009 3rdplace Feature Photography

National Press Photographer’s Association, National Monthly Clip Contest
2011 1st place General News
2010 1st place Multimedia
2010 1st place Multiple Feature
2009 1st place Feature
2008 3rd place Multiple Feature; 3rd place Feature

National Press Photographer’s Association, Monthly Clip Contest
2013 1st place Multiple Feature, 1st place Spot News, 1st place General News
2012 3rdplace Sports
2010 1stplace Multiple Feature
2009 1st place Sports, 1st place Feature
2008 1st place Multiple feature, 3rd place Feature, 2nd
place Sports, 3rd place Spot News, 1st and 3rd place Illustration
2007 3rd place Feature, 2nd place Multiple Feature
2006 1st place Spot News, 2nd place Feature

Society of Professional Journalists, Green Eyeshade Award
2012 3rd place Video
2008 3rdplace Feature

South Asian Journalists Association
2007 Outstanding Single Photo

Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors
2010 3rd place Individual Achievement/Body of Work
2007 3rd place Feature Photography

Skills I am a multimedia storyteller with a wide range of skills and experience in both news and public relations. I am adept with photography, videography, audio production, on-location lighting and editing. I am able to produce visually sophisticated work and I connect well with people, even in delicate situations. I have professional and volunteer experience editing, teaching and mentoring. I am at my best when I’m able to translate complicated issues into compelling narratives.Specific skills include:

  • Photo and video using Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras, Canon and Sony DV cameras.
  • Audio and video editing using Final Cut Pro, iMovie and standard audio editing tools.
  • Online content management experience with web analytics and user-generated content.
  • Able to instruct and create presentations, training materials and lesson plans.

 

Instruction &Outreach Photography Mentor, 2012-2013
Mentored photographers at the Jackson Sun, a 35,000-circulation paper. My duties included editing, technical instruction, and the development of visual skills.

English as a Second Language Tutor, 2010-2011
Tutored recently resettled refugees in the Nashville area.

ESL Teacher, 2000-2001
Taught English as a Second Language to kindergarten and high school students in Tainan, Taiwan.

Education BA Journalism & Psychology, Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind., 1997