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David Stephenson

Education Background: 
M.F.A. Asbury University
M.A. Asbury University
B.A. Western Kentucky University
Specialty Areas: 
Digital Storytelling
Drones and Virtual Reality
David Stephenson

David Stephenson is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism where he teaches classes using emerging technologies for storytelling like mobile phones, drones and virtual reality. 

Stephenson is a native of Lexington and joined the photojournalism staff of the Herald-Leader in 1997. He then left in 2009 to join the UK student newspaper Kernel as the photojournalism and multimedia adviser and director of the Picture Kentucky workshop. He is a two-time recipient of the Kentucky News Photographer's Association's Photographer of the Year Award and has been named Sports Photographer of the Year three times. He won the National Press Photographers Association Region 4 Photographer of the Year twice.

Stephenson’s four-year project, "A New Dawn?", following a young mother addicted to pain pills through a local Drug Court Program, was awarded the Best Multimedia Project in the prestigious 65th POYi competition. A story about a Garrard County tobacco cutting competition was awarded First Place Multimedia News Story for POYi in 2010.

He taught multimedia as a lecturer in the Dept. of Integrated Strategic Communications and Media Arts and Studies for four years before joining the journalism department as an assistant professor in 2018. He is active in the freelance market as a photographer and multimedia journalist, specializing in news, editorial equine and sports photography. In the past five years, Stephenson has produced documentary videos for regional non-profits such as as the New Opportunity School for Women, The White House Clinics, and Green Forests Work. He has won multiple Telly and Communicator Awards for corporate and branded content films as well.

Stephenson completed his M.F.A. in Film and Television Production from Asbury University in 2019 where he also earned a Master’s degree in Digital Storytelling in 2017. Stephenson has a B.A. in Photojournalism from Western Kentucky University.

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