Sean Hughes

Sean Hughes

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Educator Assistant Professor of Journalism, Photojournalism and Design Coordinator

McMicken Hall

13A

A&S Journalism - 0174

Professional Summary

Sean Hughes has over 25 years of professional documentary, photojournalism and design experience. He is currently a full-time Associate Professor, Educator of Photojournalism and Media Design in the Department of Journalism at the University of Cincinnati, as well as a working documentary director, videographer, photojournalist, and publication art director for Everything Sondheim.

Prior to that, Hughes was the Art Director for both CityBeat newspaper and The Sondheim Review national magazine. While at CityBeat he won over 20 local, state and national awards for photography, web and graphic design from Ohio and Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists, Cleveland Press Club, Association of Alternative Newspapers (AAN) and AWN, including two-time Ohio SPJ's Designer of the Year (2004 and 2006). 

His photojournalism and documentary work runs the gamut: from NCAA basketball finals to extensive documentary studies in Cuba and India; coverage of medical teams in Oaxaca, Mexico; an official photographer for the Bunbury Music Festival; and numerous magazine features. He also served as the director of photography for the first-ever U.S.-held World Choir Games in 2012. Hughes was also one of six photographers chosen state-wide to create a “re-photographic” survey of Ohio sites documented as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s, through the Farm Security Administration (FSA). The project was organized by the Ohio Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The photo survey is now a touring exhibit, with a featured exhibit as part of the FotoFocus Biennial in 2012: Images of the Great Depression: A Documentary Portrait of Ohio 1935-2010.

Recently, his cinematography, editing and co-directing role in the award-winning documentary The Intimate Realities of Water led to ten film festival awards including Best Documentary and Best Overall Film awards at the Los Angeles International Film Festival.

Education

M.A., Ball State University 1993 (Journalism)

B.A., University of Cincinnati 1992 (Sociology)

Positions and Work Experience

12-2010 -08-2011 New Media Bureau Chief, University of Cincinnati, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

01-2009 -To Present Educator Assistant Professor of Journalism, Photojournalism and Design Track coordinator. Educator responsibilities include a 3/3/3 class load, with both introductory and advanced courses. Administrative responsibilities include serving as an advisor to journalism majors, assist with the development of future courses and programming for the journalism major, and coordinate the photojournalism track in the journalism major. Service responsibilities include participating in program activities and serving on committees. Other responsibilities include preparing proposals and recommendations for updated software and hardware needed for the lab, serve as resident expert for photojournalism and document imaging, multimedia storytelling, digital imaging and design., University of Cincinnati, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

2009 -To Present Multimedia journalist (contributing), WCPO.com, Cincinnati, OH

2009 -To Present Photographer (one of eight chosen in the State of Ohio), Work for Ohio Humanities Council, using the FSA photographic record as a starting point for a statewide project to commemorate the 75th anniversary of New Deal activities in Ohio. The FSA photographs deserve a larger audience – and a more critical evaluation – and can be used as tools to explore and enunciate a richer portrait of Ohio during the years 1929-1941. This multi-year project includes: A rephotographic survey of the locations featured in the FSA photographs; Oral history collection; Physical and virtual exhibits; K-12 curriculum components and teacher institutes; A speakers bureau; Publications; and Requests for proposals for other public programs on the topic., Ohio Humanities Council, Columbus, OH

2009 -To Present Multimedia journalist (staff), Cincinnati CityBeat Alternative News Weekly, Cincinnati, OH

2005 -To Present Art Director, The Sondheim Review, Chicago

2004 -2009 Photo Editor, CityBeat,

1995 -2009 Art Director, CityBeat,

1994 -To Present Adjunct Instructor of Design, Information Technologies, Cincinnati State, Cincinnati

1994 -1995 Editor, Ohio Valley ASMP News, Cincinnati

1993 -1996 Graphic Designer and Photographer, Bearcat Sports Digest, Cincinnati

2012 -2012 Director of Photography, Coordinated over 50 photographers to document the 2012 World Choir Games for online and print publications around the world and for a coffee table-style book.,

08-2012 -12-2012 Media Advisor, The News Record,

Research Support

Grant: #R40527 Investigators:Bastos, Flavia Maria Cunha; Blevins, Jeffrey; Hughes, Sean; Iversen, Kristen; Lind, Amy; Torner, Evan 10-01-2019 -03-31-2020 UC's Urban Futures Digital Futures Anchor Development Program Story-telling & Social Justice Role:Collaborator $10,000.00 Active Level:Internal UC

Presentations

Invited Presentations

Sean Hughes, David Sorcher (11-18-2010. ) Documentary Photography in the Digital Age .Antonelli College, Cincinnati, OH. Other Institution. . Level:Local

(04-22-2010. ) Authors, Editors and Composers .Russell C. Myers Alumni Center. Level:University

Sean Hughes, Nicole Scholton (03-17-2009. ) Visual Media and Society .Clark Montessori, Level:Local

Sean Hughes, Adam Pearson (05-03-2010. ) A Journey to India: Everyday Life and Traditions .Bridgetown Middle School, Level:Local

Sean Hughes, Mary Beth Platen (04-07-2010. ) A Journey to India: Everyday Life and Traditions .Fairview-Clifton German Bilingual School, Level:Local

Sean Hughes, Elissa Sonnenberg, Jenny Wohlfarth (05-07-2010. ) Journalism Advisory Board: Photojournalism Outreach .222 McMicken, McMicken College of Arts & Sciences.

Sean Hughes (01-25-2010. ) Glimpses Of Unfamiliar India (18 images) .Meijer Artway & The Gallery, Indiana University, Richmond IN Campus. Other Institution. . Level:Regional

Featured Presenter (04-21-2011. ) Authors, Editors and Composers .Russell C. Myers Alumni Center. Level:University

(04-17-2012. ) Authors, Editors and Composers .Russell C. Myers Alumni Center. Level:University

(04-09-2013. ) Authors, Editors and Composers .Russell C. Myers Alumni Center, Level:University

(06-27-2012. ) Documentary Photojournalism - Lecture .Proctor & Gamble, West Chester, Ohio. Level:Local

(02-04-2013. ) PCGC - Documentary Photojournalism Lecture .Wyoming, OH, Level:Local

(11-06-2012. ) FSA Photo Exhibit - Gallery Tour .Sycamore Gallery, Cincinnati, OH. Level:National

Sean Hughes, Nicole Scholton (09-24-2012. ) The Art and Deception of Photography .Clark Montessori, Cincinnati, OH. Level:Local

(10-24-2012. ) FotoFocus Lecture Series .

Sean Hughes, Tim Kraus (2012. ) Hughes STEM Program - Photography Intersession .Hughes High School, Cincinnati, OH. Level:Local

Sean Hughes (11-02-2013. ) Concerned Exhibit - panel discussion .

Honors and Awards

1995 -2010 Ohio and Cincinnati SPJ, Cleveland Press Club, Association of Alternative News-weeklies Awards, 1995-2009 — Winner of over 20 local, state and national awards for photography, web and graphic design from Ohio and Cincinnati SPJ, Press Club, AAN and AWN Winner of over 20 local, state and national awards for photography, web and graphic design from Ohio and Cincinnati SPJ, Press Club, AAN and AWN

2006 Ohio SPJ's Designer of the Year — 2006

2004 Ohio SPJ's Designer of the Year — 2004

2009 -2009 SPJ Cincinnati Awards SPJ Cincinnati Award for Page 1 layout (Art Direction and design)
 SPJ Cincinnati Award for Inside page design (Art Direction and design)
 SPJ Cincinnati Award for cover illustration of Obama crossing the Delaware (Art Direction)
 SPJ Cincinnati Award for Election Day photography
 SPJ Cincinnati Award for Annual Manual package (Art Direction, photography and design) Status:Recipient Level:Local Type:Recognition

Service

Journalism Program (Photojournalism and Design Track Coordinator ) Program Coordinator Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 01-2009 -To Present

Journalism Program (Journalism Semester Conversion ) Review Board/Panel Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 08-2009 -08-2012

Journalism Program (Journalism Awards faculty nominations for student grants and scholarships ) Member Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 01-2009 -To Present

Journalism Program (Arts and Culture in Media ) Review Board/Panel Type:Service to Professional Development Programs Level:University 05-16-2009 -05-17-2009

Journalism Program (Journalism Hall of Fame, Luncheon and Reception ) Member Type:Departmental Service Level:University 05-2009 -05-2009

(A&S Curriculum Committee ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service Level:College 01-2011 -To Present

(Undergraduate Studies Committee ) Committee Member Type:Departmental Service Level:Department 08-2012 -To Present

(A&S Faculty Senate ) Committee Member Type:University/College Service Level:College 02-2012 -To Present

Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network (Journalism Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) Faculty Review Panel ) Review Board/Panel Type:University/College Service Level:State 11-2013 -To Present

McMicken College of Arts & Sciences (A&S Diversity Committee ) Department Liaison Type:University/College Service Level:College 08-2013 -To Present

Professional Affiliation

Social Documentary, member SocialDocumentary.net

Lightstalkers, member lightstalkers.org

National Press Photographers Association, member

Faculty Development Activities

09-08-2010 -09-08-2010 Blackboard Pedagogy Workshop CET&L Raymond Walters College Type:Workshop