Current position and base (organization, company, etc.)
Photojournalist-in-residence, Western Kentucky University
After 9 years as a staff photographer and multimedia journalist at The Roanoke Times in Roanoke, Virginia, Josh Meltzer accepted a Fulbright Scholarship in August 2008 to work and teach in Mexico where he has been creating a multimedia project about the migration of indigenous families within Mexico. In addition to his own work, he taught photography to a group 11-16-year-olds through a program called Listen to My Pictures, which culminated with a show at a large regional museum in Guadalajara in June 2009.
While at The Roanoke Times, Josh created his first audio slideshow in 1999, and over the next decade created over a hundred audio slideshows, both on daily deadline, and for long-term projects. A few years later he began using video in his reporting, and now uses a mix to create stories through the voices of his subjects and natural sound.
This year, a long-term multimedia project from 2008 on those who provide care for the elderly, called Age of Uncertainty, won the First Place Best Documentary Prize from the POYi, the community service award from the Virginia Press Association, the 1st place convergence award from the APME and the Casey Medals the multimedia prize . The project, shot over 9 months was made up of 8 multimedia stories.
His still and multimedia work has been recognized by the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism competition where he was the 2006 Photojournalist of the Year for markets less than 115,000 circulation. His audio slideshows, video stories and portfolios have been recognized by the Atlanta Photojournalism Competition, Northern and Southern Short Course and the Society of Newspaper Design.
This August 2009, Josh switched gears, as he began work as a photojournalist-in-residence at Western Kentucky University, teaching photojournalism and multimedia to students in Bowling Green.