Donnalyn Anthony believes that photography should be visually compelling; it should capture the moment and document history.
That has been her goal since 2001 when her interest in photography was first ignited during a study abroad program. It remained that way when she joined The Reporter, the student newspaper at Miami Dade College two years ago.
Her vision has earned her a spot as a photographer with the prestigious New York Times Student Journalism Institute.
Anthony was one of 26 selected nationwide for the program, which will take place in New Orleans from May 18– June 1.
The 14-day fellowship allows student journalists to work with staffers from New York Times and Boston Globe to create a newspaper. Some of the work is published in The Times.
“It’s an incredible honor, “ Anthony said, “to be around editors and professionals doing the work that I admire.”
Anthony’s work has garnered admiration of its own. In 2012, she has won first place for “Best News Photo “ from the Florida College System Activities Association and an Associated Collegiate Press Photo Excellence Award in the “Feature Picture” category. Last year she was selected for the Student Multimedia Project at the National Association of Black Journalists convention.
While at The Reporter, Anthony, 35, has taken photographs of Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, a deployment ceremony at North Campus honoring 175 U.S Army reserve soldiers departing for Afghanistan, and a rally at Bayfront Park in Downtown Miami for supporters of Trayvon Martin.
Anthony, who has a bachelor’s degree in studio art from South Carolina State University and an associate in science degree in photographic technology from MDC, has also a freelanced for The Miami Times and for South Florida High School Sports, Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.
“She demonstrated the potential to go beyond taking a photo,” said Sandra Stevenson, Photo Editor for The New York Times International Section, who will be overseeing Anthony’s work at the Institute.
Anthony will be the sixth current or recent graduate of MDC’s student newspapers to participate in the program in the past four years.
“She has a keen eye for detail,” said Manolo Barco, the media adviser for The Reporter. “Donnalyn has earned this opportunity with every moment she has captured through the lens of her camera.“