Eric Strachan is the assistant managing editor/presentation at the Naples Daily News in Southwest Florida, where he started as a staff photographer. As a photographer his work has garnered numerous awards in the National Press Photographers Association, Florida Press Club and the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. He was named director of photography at the Daily News in 1991, and as a photo director, graphics editor and now as Assistant Managing Editor, he has helped to build and direct a staff at a newspaper that has gained a national reputation for its photojournalism and picture usage.
In recent years the Daily News has been recognized in the Pictures of the Year Contest with an Award of Excellence, a third-place, second-place and two first-place awards for Editing, Best Use of Photography in the under 100,000 circulation category. Strachan’s team Newspaper Picture Editing Portfolio placed second in this year’s competition. The Daily News has placed three out of the last four years for Best Use of Photography in the Best of Photojournalism competition as well, including this year’s first-place award for papers under 75,000-circulation.
As AME, Strachan oversees the presentation and design of the paper as well as the photography, graphic art and editorial scanning departments. He was named Designer of the Year for Scripps Howard newspapers for his work in 1998, 2000 and again in 2002, the last win “retiring” him from the contest and placing him in the Scripps “Hall of Fame.” He has served on the faculty of the Stan Kalish Picture Editing Workshop for eight years and has also served on the picture editing faculty of the Mountain Photography Workshops sponsored by Western Kentucky University. He has also served as a judge for the editing portion of the Best of Photojournalism competition.