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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Blochowiak honored at Journalism Hall of Fame

  • Ed Blochowiak said because he is a photographer and isn’t good with words, he wouldn’t say anything profound in his speech when being honored at the Journalism Hall of Fame banquet Thursday, but he couldn’t be more wrong.
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  • Ed Blochowiak said because he is a photographer and isn’t good with words, he wouldn’t say anything profound in his speech when being honored at the Journalism Hall of Fame banquet Thursday, but he couldn’t be more wrong.
    He said a number of years back a superintendent asked him if he had ever stopped and thought of how many lives he has touched with what he does. Blochowiak said the superintendent explained people had Blochowiak’s photos hung on refrigerators all over the town.
    “So from that day on, and I try to remind myself, I keep thinking, well if they’re gonna hang them, I’m gonna give them the best I’ve got,” he said.
    Dr. Terry M. Clark, director of the Hall of Fame, introduced Blochowiak at the banquet, held at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, and listed his accomplishments.
    “Blochowiak has been a photojournalist for the Shawnee News-Star since 1973,” Clark said. “A native of Shawnee and graduate of Shawnee High School, he joined the paper after returning from a tour of duty in Vietnam in the U.S. Air Force.
    He has covered everything from dance recitals to politics, fatal fires and the Murrah bombing. Known for his dramatic compositions, he is interested in shooting civic ceremonies. He approaches photography knowing that whatever happens each day can be exciting.
    His photos have won more than 90 awards from the Associated Press and Oklahoma Press Association and other organizations. He has been awarded Photo of the Year once by AP and twice by OPA.”
    Blochowiak said when he got the call from Clark, he thought it was a big deal.
    “I got on the website the next day and it got even bigger,” he said.
    Blochowiak said it was really humbling to look through all the past honorees and to know he would soon be inducted as well.
    “I’ve met a lot of incredible people, I’ve had so many incredible opportunities and experiences…it’s just amazing to be acknowledged for something I just love doing,” he said.
    Blochowiak said while a lot has changed over the years, including technology, he still loves what he does. He introduced his “two families” to the crowd including his News-Star family and immediate family including his brothers, sister and sons.
    A committee composed of members of the working press and the Hall of Fame selects honorees. The committee sifts through all nominations, both new ones and those held over from previous years before selecting the nine honorees. Nomination forms are available at any time from the sponsoring UCO Department of Mass Communication.
    Page 2 of 2 - Former Journalism Chairman Dr. Ray Tassin founded the Hall of Fame in 1971. This year’s inductees make 398 total members. The Hall is supported with funding from UCO, The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation.
     
     
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