UO journalism professor to lead session on ‘Multimedia Storytelling’

Advises students to be open to different pathways in journalism

Sung J. Park

Park was one of the three judges for the 2012 Jostens Student Photo contest. The winners are featured in a flipbook at http://issuu.com/jostens/docs/2012photos.

Park specializes in the use of photography, video and audio for online publication. He teaches Advanced Photojournalism, Multimedia and Gateway to Media at University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication.

Before his current position Park taught Photojournalism, Multimedia, Picture Editing, Broadcast Video and Web Innovations as a visiting professor at The Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University from 2005-2011.

Park is an award winning photojournalist who has been published nationally and internationally. He has a B.S. in Photoillustration and an M.F. A. in Transmedia from Syracuse University in New York. (You can see a portfolio of his work here: http://www.sungparkphoto.com/)

He worked at the Austin American-Statesman for 14 years as a staff photographer, multimedia producer and picture editor.

He will be one of the coaches at the 2013 National Press Photographers Association Multimedia Immersion that will take place in Syracuse, N.Y. on May 14-18.

He has served as faculty and coach to various multimedia workshops including the NPPA Multimedia Immersion Workshop.

Throughout his career, he has been an instructor, lecturer and presenter at various scholastic press events in Texas and in New York.

Sung Park’s interest in teaching was sparked at the University of Texas. He taught a photojournalism class as an adjunct professor while employed full-time as a staff photographer for the Austin American-Statesman.

Park found teaching “addictive” and in 2005, after an invitation to teach at Syracuse University for a year, he quit his job and moved to New York. He ended up teaching at Syracuse for five years.

In 2007, Park taught in London through Syracuse University — the same school where he studied photojournalism.

“It was an amazing experience to return to London as a professor,” said Park. “Returning to my alma mater to teach was amazing enough, but going back to London was the icing on the cake.”

Park developed a love for music while studying classical guitar in college and playing in several rock n’ roll bands. Moving to Oregon has inspired Park to rekindle his interests in fly fishing, skiing and snowboarding. He also loves to cook, but admits he loves to eat even more. Park offers advice to his new students.

“Keep an open mind to different pathways in establishing yourself as a journalist,” he said. “There are opportunities out there that you may not have thought about.”