Jesse Groening, a first year
of firsts as a videographer
now 24, attended his first day of work at The Ellsworth (Maine)
American Jan. 23, 2012. It was the first time that the American
had hired a videographer and the first time a newspaper in Maine
had hired a full-time videographer.
Yet in his
first year, Groening won five New England Newspaper and Press
Association awards. At NENPA’s winter convention in February,
he collected three first-place plaques and two second-place
awards at NENPA’s awards banquet.
fact that he won three first-place awards and two others in
the weekly division at the NENPA winter meeting was reassurance
that we made the right decision,” Alan Baker, publisher
of the American, said.
was surprised to hear that he had won.
was shocked. It was a real honor to read all the comments that
people had to say about my work afterwards,” Groening
said. “ … (Y)ou never know that what you're doing
is coming across and being seen by everyone and understood.
It is a great confirmation.” MORE