Columbus, Ohio, USA
+1.614.966.0504
josh@joshuabickel.com

EXPERIENCE
Staff Photojournalist - The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio

October 2016 - present
Photograph news, sports, portrait and feature photo assignments, including coverage of Ohio State Buckeyes college football, Columbus Blue Jackets professional hockey and the Memorial Tournament, an annual PGA Tour event; Split picture editing and scheduling duties with two picture editors and two other photojournalists; Collaborated on a 2017 project on wage inequality with two Dispatch reporters; Acted as a live picture editor during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs by editing, captioning and publishing live images from two photographers on social media and Dispatch.com as the game occurred; Named Ohio News Photographers Association's large market photographer of the year for 2017.

Chief Photographer - ThisWeek Community News, Columbus, Ohio

September 2012 - October 2016
Photograph news, sports, portrait and feature photo assignments and produce video for Dispatch Media Group’s 24 weekly community newspapers, monthly Columbus Parent magazine and two quarterly magazines; Provide direction and evaluation to full-time staff photographers; Schedule photo assignments for staff and coordinate additional assignments with freelancers and the Columbus Dispatch photo department; Prepare images for press and ensure quality reproduction; Maintain photographic archive, and department Instagram and Twitter accounts; Oversee department budget and staff payroll; Coordinated visuals for a 2014 project on heroin use and recovery in suburban Columbus and a 2015 pictures of the year editing project; Led Ohio News Photographers Association's Small Market Staff of the Year in 2013 and 2014, and named small market photographer of the year for 2013.

Adjunct Instructor - Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio
January 2015 - May 2015
Instructor for an introduction to photojournalism elective course for journalism majors; Created syllabus and weekly class lectures; Mediate group discussion and critique.

Contributing Photographer - Corbis Images, Columbus, Ohio

May 2012 - May 2015

Covered the 2012 presidential elections throughout Ohio for Corbis' News Division, as well as other editorial news, sports and entertainment assignments as directed. Images from 2012 election coverage have appeared on TIME.com, including TIME's Week in Political Pictures for Oct. 12-18 and July 27-Aug. 3, The (UK) Guardian, The Times of India, TheWeek.com, Paris Match and NYmag.com.

Freelance Photographer - Columbus, Ohio

May 2012 - present

Shoot editorial, corporate, commercial and portrait assignments regionally. Clients include The Wall Street Journal, Agence France-Presse, Education Week, Ohio Magazine, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Pitchfork Media, Kenyon College and Gannett News Service.

Multimedia Photojournalist - The Casper Star-Tribune, Casper, Wyoming

May 2011 - February 2012

Produce and edit video, audio slideshows and still photography, both as individual enterprise and in cooperation with reporters; Photograph daily news, feature and sports assignments; Cover breaking news with a focus on mobile and social media distribution of images and video; Research and produce longer-term visual projects through a combination of still photography, audio and video.

Staff Photographer - Columbia Daily Tribune, Columbia, Missouri

June 2010 - May 2011

Photograph breaking and general news, features, sports and other photographs for 25,000-circulation daily newspaper; Contribute monthly to the Tribune's photo column, "Our Town"; Self-edit and tone photographs for photo editor; Work on long-term enterprise projects; Shoot, edit and produce video and multimedia as needed.

Director of Photography - Columbia Missourian, Columbia, Missouri

August 2009 - May 2010

Managed a daily newspaper photography department of approximately 15 student staff photographers and 10 student photo editors per semester; Collaborated with newsroom editors in coordinating daily and long-term projects; Maintained and upheld standard of visual excellence in department.

Adjunct Instructor - University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

August 2009 - December 2010

Instructor for Picture Editing & Photo Desk Management and Electronic Photojournalism classes; Created syllabus and prepared lectures as well as facilitated discussions with guest instructors & speakers. Conducted field labs and mediated class editing and critique sessions.

Editor & Designer - University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
September 2008 - August 2009

Acted as lead picture editor and page designer for St. James: The people of Missouri's 'Forest City of the Ozarks', a 176-page book of documentary photo stories published by the Missouri School of Journalism; Coordinated the work of 40 photojournalists as well as six copy editors during production; Prepared images for pre-press production and worked closely with press managers during the printing and binding processes; Conducted historical research on St. James, Mo., for inclusion in the book's introduction; Wrote book's introduction.

AWARDS
• Photographer of the Year (Large Market), Ohio News Photographers Association annual contest, 2017
• 1st Place, Portrait, Ohio News Photographers Association annual contest, 2017
• Award of Excellence, Sports Action, Ohio News Photographers Association annual contest, 2017
• 2nd Place, Best Photographer in Ohio (Large Market, Print), Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, 2017
• 1st Place, Explanatory Journalism - Team, (Large Market, Print), Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, 2017
• 1st Place, Social Issues Reporting - Team, (Large Market, Print), Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, 2017
• Runner-up Sports Photographer of the Year, Ohio News Photographers Association annual contest, 2016
• 3rd Place, Sports Picture Story, Ohio News Photographers Association annual contest, 2016
• Award of Excellence, Team Picture Story, Ohio News Photographers Association annual contest, 2016
• 3rd Place, Photographer of the Year (Division C), Best of GateHouse, 2016
• Runner-up Photographer of the Year (Division C), Best of GateHouse, 2015
• 2nd Place, Portrait, Ohio News Photographers Association annual contest, 2015
• Runner-up Photographer of the Year (Small Market), Ohio News Photographers Association, 2014
• 2nd Place, Team Picture Story, Ohio News Photographers Association annual contest, 2014
• 2nd Place, Sports Feature, Ohio News Photographers Association annual contest, 2014
• 3rd Place, Pictorial, Ohio News Photographers Association annual contest, 2014
• Photographer of the Year (Small Market), Ohio News Photographers Association annual contest, 2013
• Sports Photographer of the Year, Ohio News Photographers Association annual contest, 2013
• 1st Place, Sports Picture Story, Ohio News Photographers Association annual contest, 2013
• 1st Place, Feature, Ohio News Photographers Association annual contest, 2013
• 1st Place, Pictorial, Ohio News Photographers Association annual contest, 2013 
• 2nd Place, Campaign 2012, Ohio News Photographers Association annual contest, 2012
• 1st Place, Feature Photo, Missouri Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, 2011
• 1st Place, Sports Feature, 67th Pictures of the Year International, 2010
• 1st Place, Sports Portfolio, 64th College Photographer of the Year, 2009
• 2nd Place, Sports Feature, 64th College Photographer of the Year, 2009

PUBLICATIONS
• Editing Consultant, End of an Era, self-published by Joel Kowsky, 4/2012
• Photographer, Clinton: Stories of life in Missouri's Golden Valley, Missouri School of Journalism, 9/2012
• Contributing Photographer, The J-School: Celebrating 100 Years in Journalism, University of Missouri, 4/2010
• Editor, St. James: The people of Missouri’s ‘Forest City of the Ozarks’, Missouri School of Journalism, 8/2009
• Photographer, St. James: The people of Missouri’s ‘Forest City of the Ozarks’, Missouri School of Journalism, 8/2009

EXHIBITIONS

• "The Year: Winning Images from the 67th Pictures of the Year International," Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, 6/2010-10/2010
• "Score!" Chicago Photography Center, Chicago, 3/2012

EDUCATION

University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.

Jan. 2007 - Aug. 2009

• Graduate Degree: M.A., Photojournalism

• GPA: 3.9 (Cumulative)

University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.

Aug. 2001 - May 2006

• Undergraduate Degrees: B.S.J., Journalism; B.A., Spanish

• GPA: 3.29 (Cumulative), 3.31 (Journalism), 3.0 (Spanish)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
• President, Ohio News Photographers Association, 2018 to present
• Secretary, Ohio News Photographers Association, 2016 to 2018

• Member, Ohio News Photographers Association, 2012 to present

• Member, Kappa Tau Sigma (Frank Luther Mott chapter), 2009