The Mark J. Edelson Picture Editing Scholarship
Mark Edelson, nine-time recipient of the prestigious Newspaper Picture Editor of the Year award, died Thursday, April 23, 2015 after a courageous fight with cancer. To honor his memory and 20 years of dedication to The Kalish, Mark Edelson's family has established The Mark J. Edelson Picture Editing Scholarship, which will fund a recipient's tuition and travel expenses to the workshop every year. In the spirit of Mark's contributions and his legacy, the workshop is grounded in inspiration, mentorship, education and "family" for visual editors.
The first recipient of the scholarship is Anne McQuary. A Kalisher from the 1990s during the Milwaukee era, Anne is currently an evening television assignments editor at WLTX, Channel 19 CBS in Columbia, South Carolina, where she applies her newspaper storytelling experiences: "My age and my dinosaur-like love of 6 column photos and special sections, how could I translate that into television? How could I make stills move, or how could I begin to see in images that move. And let me tell you, local television is desperate for those stories we loved doing at newspapers."
To contribute to the Mark J. Edelson Picture Editing Scholarship fund, please visit the NPPF site.
Mark was well known professionally for his coaching ability and his acute visual editing skills. His stellar teaching, mentoring and presentations became a cornerstone of the prestigious Kalish visual editing workshop.
In 1998 he joined the faculty of the Kalish. His working relationship with other faculty members was like family. They got along so well that the core group stayed together for nearly twenty years, looking forward to each year as a reunion.
Mark's unique talent to see things in pictures, often overlooked by others, distinguished him. Many described Mark as a visual genius, both in his ability to choose and present visuals purposefully and effectively, and in his ability to articulate why visuals work the way they do. He was an inspiration to many young editors and a conscience pushing them to improve their craft.
He was known for his one-on-one teaching style at The Kalish. When a befuddled student would ask him a question he'd furrow his brow, think for a minute, take the ever-present toothpick from his mouth and then quietly start asking questions that would lead the student to better decisions.
Mark was very matter of fact about his dealing with cancer. He saw it as an adventure and talked about meeting people along the way that he never would have met otherwise. Even when his energy evaporated, his spirit was strong.
Even more than his considerable abilities and accomplishments, his Kalish family and friends remember him as a truly good human being. Humble, kind and considerate, it was a joy to be in his company. Not only did Mark make a lot of people better picture editors, he made them better people.