Gardner-Webb professors, students cover SBC
    July 14 2015 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor

    For Bob Carey, coming to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting each year provides a chance to see old friends and offer an educational opportunity to his students.
    “We enjoy covering assignments and fellowship together for the week,” said Carey, chairman of Gardner-Webb University’s (GWU) department of communication and new media, and member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Shelby, who brings students to help cover some of the events around the SBC.


    BR photo by Dianna L. Cagle
    John Stroup covers a movie screening during the Southern Baptist Convention in Columbus, Ohio. He was part of a Gardner-Webb University team that provided coverage for the meeting.

    Carey was invited in 1990 to be part of the Baptist Press photo team. Assigned to cover Houston’s Crossover, he went from event to event taking photos of the outreach. At the time, he was the event’s only photographer.
    “My first year, I think I captured what many have told me was an iconic image of Crossover,” Carey said. “I was in a park near the Houston Galleria and an evangelist was using a white board to share Christ. They had been expecting a very large crowd, but rain had made the park vacant except for one young boy who was focused on the presentation.
    “I shot from behind the boy showing the evangelist and the wide open field of the park. To me, it shows that even just one is important to Christ.”
    Carey, who began teaching at GWU in 1997, was hired to begin the journalism and photojournalism program at GWU. He has been chairman of the department for 11 years.
    “About 10 years ago, we moved to teaching from a convergence concept in all of our majors in the department,” he said. “We teach our students to utilize all aspects of media to tell stories. We’ve been extremely successful in our photojournalism program, having students intern with the [International Mission Board], a National Geographic photographer and Sports Illustrated.”
    It was about the time the program began to change that Carey began bringing students with him to cover Crossover and the SBC. Each year two to four students help with coverage.
    Prior to Crossover, Carey says he tries to “gather as much [information] on the planned events and decide which ones seem to be the most unusual or visually interesting.”
    Current coverage includes four teams consisting of a still photographer and a student who shoots multimedia.
    Since Saturday is the big Crossover push, Carey sends his teams out to shoot video and take pictures. The teams produce one-minute stories on Crossover, that are finished on Sunday.
    They also work on three or four feature stories using multimedia. During the annual meeting, the teams “alternate shifts shooting everyone who comes to the podium of the annual meeting,” he said.
    “This allows us to make sure that if a state paper or someone else needs for example a photo of someone who opened a session in prayer that we have it.”

    7/14/2015 11:43:42 AM by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 0 comments
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