Diontae “Tae” Smith of Port Clinton had just turned four when he was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma, a form of aggressive brain cancer with a low survival rate, generally considered incurable. Follow him in the fight of his life in photojournalist Molly Corfman’s award winning videography series.
Photojournalist Molly Corfman and writer Daniel Carson profile five local World War II veterans in an award-winning series for The News-Messenger and the News Herald in honor of Veterans Day. The veteran’s stories are captured in print, photos, and videos telling their stories in their own words.
Winner of 5 Ohio Associated Press Media Editor awards including best photographer
May 31, 2016 – Molly Corfman won five Ohio Associated Press Division I awards, including a clean sweep of the video category and first place honors for best news photo, at the organization’s annual competition.
Corfman’s first place video featured World War II veteran Charles Holcomb and his recounting of his struggle to stay alive as a prisoner on a forced march during the last days of the war.
The AP judges wrote, “Great video to go along with an amazing story. Well done, featuring raw emotion and detail.”
Corfman also earned second and third place awards in the video category for her stories on Sandusky County’s soybean harvest and the Hayes Presidential Center’s final Civil War reenactment.
She earned a first place award for best news photo, where Corfman captured firefighters battling a blazing house fire in Rocky Ridge.
For her second place award as best photographer, AP judges wrote “Photographer succeeded in capturing some of life’s more uncomfortable moments, including an arrest and losing a sporting event.”
Molly Corfman is a photojournalist/videographer with The News-Messenger in Fremont, Ohio, and its sister paper the News Herald in Port Clinton. She has previously photographed for the daily Sentinel-Tribune, covering Wood County, Ohio, as well as interned as a photojournalist for the Denver Post, Orange County Register, The (Toledo) Blade, and strung for the Associated Press. Molly is a member of the National Press Photographer’s Association and the Ohio News Photographer’s Association. Molly lives her life through her viewfinder.
She asks “Why?” after each new answer, learning as much as she can, while visually communicating it all. She photographs for her own curiosity, assuming no expectations, and watches the story reveal itself. She enjoys visually taking people where they cannot go themselves, preserving fleeting moments, frame by frame, that we will one day call history. Molly hopes that through her photographs future generations will be able to share the joy and sorrow of the world happening around us right now.
Molly’s photography has been published in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and London Observer among numerous other print publications. Online her photographs have appeared on MSNBC.com, ESPN.com, CBSnews.com, ABCnews.com and other online publications. She has been awarded by The National Press Photographer’s Association, Ohio News Photographer’s Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Press Managing Editors, Hearst Journalism Awards Program, USA Today Network Journalism awards, Media Network of Central Ohio and Ohio Public Images.
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