April 3rd-5th, 2020


Northern Exposure: A gathering of visual storytellers.

You’re invited to an anything-but-the-same-old conference to talk photography, video and storytelling at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. We’ll listen to some inspiring journalists, sure, but we’ll also spend hands-on time learning gear and software, sharing ideas and techniques in small groups, and building up our community. Open to students and working professionals. Sessions on February 8 will have a student-specific focus.

Location: Murphy Hall, University of Minnesota, 206 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Get Directions >


Northern Exposure is a workshop and get-together designed to bring professional visual journalists, students and others interested in photography together to learn, network and explore, hosted at the University of Minnesota Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication. And during the weekend, VisualMN will have open judging for the college photojournalism contest and the award ceremony for the professional and college contests. Entry information soon!

Northern Exposure is a revival of the former Minnesota Photojournalism Symposium, inspired by R. Smith and Pat Schuneman. Smitty was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 1960–1977 and was instrumental in creating the School’s photojournalism programs. Smitty and his wife Pat gave the University of Minnesota an endowment to help sponsor this event designed for the 21st century.

Sponsors, including Canon and Sony, are also helping make this possible.