CONTRIBUTORS

photo by john tully

Fly Over Media supports and publishes work by journalists all over the country. They work in an array of styles and from a diversity of professional and personal backgrounds, but they all share a passion for thoughtful journalism and believe in its ability to affect change in communities. If you’d like to contribute, please e-mail about@flyovermedia.org. We accept completed work but prefer project proposals.

Meet our contributors below.

Jon Augustine

Jon Augustine

Austin, TX

Bio: Jon Augustine is a Nebraska-born photographer currently residing in Austin, Texas. Since childhood, Augustine has been enthralled by storytelling through art, poetry and especially the photographic essay. As an adult, he makes most of his living through carpentry and agriculture, but his favorite tools for creating continue to be the camera and the pen.

What drives you in your work? First, the belief that photography and storytelling can expose an accurate amount of merit to the proclaimed value of anything, giving us all the opportunity to reassess our own values based on thorough journalism rather than hypnotic advertisements. Second, the deeply held belief that comprehensive and honest storytelling gives us all the opportunity to diagnose, understand, and appropriately address the challenges that hinder neighborliness, understanding and peace in our communities, be they small or global.

Projects with Fly Over: Nature at Work (photography and writing), Fly Over Me: Valentine (photo and video).

jonaugo.com

Amanda Berg

Amanda Berg

Harrisburg, PA

Bio: Amanda is a documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She combines conventional and experimental approaches to nonfiction storytelling. Her work tends to explore themes of identity formation, gender equality, and togetherness in America. She is a former newspaper photographer, documentary arts educator, and tennis coach. Amanda holds a BFA in Photojournalism from Rochester Institute of Technology and a MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University.

What drives you in your work? Shared experience.

Projects with Fly Over: Fly Over Me: Valentine (photography, video, audio).

amandaberg.net

Kyle Bruggeman

Kyle Bruggeman

Lincoln, NE

Bio: Kyle is a graphic designer and photographer born and raised in Lincoln, Neb. After making a pinhole camera at age 16 Kyle was hooked on photography. Today he works in visual communications through journalism, advertising and non-profits. His enemies include the Comic Sans font and photos with filter effects.

What drives you in your work? The idea that everybody has a story worth telling and through those stories society can improve.

Projects with Fly Over: General web design.

kylebruggeman.com

Erika Colbertaldo

Erika Colbertaldo

Brooklyn, NY

Bio: Erika is currently working towards earning her masters degree in photography from Syracuse University.  She is located in Brooklyn, working as an art producer at Addison Design.

What drives you in your work? Through my work, I hope that people learn something new or are inspired to make a change in their own life or the lives of others.

Projects with Fly Over: Fly Over Me: Valentine (editing).

erikacolbertaldo.com

Jonathan Egan

Jonathan Egan

Lincoln, NE

Bio: Raised in South Dakota, Jonathan Egan is a journalism survivor now residing in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he works in graphic design. His pursuits include photography, fiction writing, illustration and using England’s Longbowman to dominate every game of Civilization V that he plays. He cohabitates with his cat Arson, and with at least one ghost. He typically aligns Neutral/Chaotic Good.

What drives you in your work? Accuracy.

Projects with Fly Over: Smalltown Landscapes (graphic design).

Emily Harger

Emily Harger

Louisville, KY

Bio: It took moving away from my small hometown along the Monongahela River in southwestern Pennsylvania to realize my love for telling stories in Appalachia. Since graduating from Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication in May 2016, I aim to continue my career documenting how economics and cultural identity are deeply intertwined in small town America. When I’m not behind the camera or obsessively diving into a Premiere project file, you can find me rock climbing, hiking, cooking up a new recipe, or journaling on my front porch.

What drives you in your work? I am a firm believer that empathy and vulnerability are the building blocks of a powerful story. As a documentary photographer and filmmaker, I serve my community by sharing stories that explore themes of home, identity, and transition. I aim to blend my two passions — storytelling and community development — in the work I create.

Projects with Fly Over: This Bond Unbroken (photography, video, audio).

emilyhargerphoto.com

Allison Hess

Allison Hess

Lincoln, NE

Bio: Originally from a small town west of Houston, Texas, Allison Hess (22) is a journalism student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has interned at such places as the Houston Press, ELLE Magazine, the Lincoln Journal Star and FotoFest International.

What drives you in your work? What drives my work is the opportunity to tell people’s stories and the issue that surrounds them, whether that may be environmental or social, and the chance that my projects can make a difference for those in front of the lens.

Projects with Fly Over: Disappearing Breed (photography).

allisonhessphoto.com

Keith Rutowski

Keith Rutowski

Columbus, OH

Bio: I am a photographer, writer, and multimedia producer. I was born and raised in the Midwest, graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Cincinnati and am currently completing a Master’s in photography at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. I’m fond of international cinema, libraries, and conversations.

What drives you in your work? I explore and reflect pieces of the human condition in an attempt to better understand those aspects of the world for myself and with the hope that the work may nurture wonder, engender empathy, and forge connections. I am particularly interested in humanity’s relationship with nature, the concept of home, and how history and memory influence our contemporary experience.

Projects with Fly Over: This Bond Unbroken (photography, video, audio).

www.keithrutowski.com

Alyssa Schukar

Alyssa Schukar

Chicago, IL

Bio: I’m a photo and video freelancer these days. I also teach visual journalism at Columbia College Chicago, and the first five years of my career were spent on staff at a newspaper in the Midwest.

What drives you in your work? Everyday life fascinates me, and visual storytelling opens doors into the experiences of others. I hope my images show how place and time give meaning to human existence.

Projects with Fly Over: Population: Elsie (photography).

alyssaschukar.com

Brianna Soukup

Brianna Soukup

Chicago, IL

Bio: I’m a visual journalist living in Portland, Maine and a staff photographer at the Portland Press Herald. I see photography as a tool to gain insight into peoples lives and their stories. I feel extremely lucky to be able to do so.

What drives you in your work? This is something that I’m still in the process of figuring out, if I’m being totally honest. I’m always in awe of those journalists I hear speak who have it down to a concise, eloquent paragraph. I think I’m driven by a lot of things–empathy, curiosity, beauty. I think I take photos because it helps me draw connections between us all as human beings. I’ve seen that we’re all not so different at our cores, and that the differences that there are between us are what makes this world so amazing. On the other hand, I’m also driven by the incredible inequality, in terms of race, class, gender, etc., that I’ve witnessed and been made aware of in my short amount of time as a photojournalist. Inequalities that need to be recognized and addressed by the general public. I truly think photojournalism has the power to do that. I know that it worked on me.

Projects with Fly Over: Fly Over Me: Valentine (photography and video).

briannasoukup.com

Michael Todd

Michael Todd

Sioux Falls, SD

Bio: I’ll always be a Nebraskan — from my hometowns of Alliance and Lincoln — but the past few years I’ve made my home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where I moved to work as developer and Mike of many trades at Lemonly. A journalism-degree-toting optimist with a masochistic leaning toward copy editor, I’ve also contributed writing, audio, and code to Hear Nebraska and Pollen. Between stories, I write songs for my dog.

What drives you in your work? I constantly want to do good, learn more, and keep innovating. I enjoy focusing on the fine details most, so I always appreciate coworkers, family, and friends who can help me pull the camera back to see the wider angle.

Projects with Fly Over: Population: Elsie (web design).

thefullmt.com

John Tully

John Tully

New Hampshire

Bio: John Tully (b. 1985). Starting with his own backyard, he is drawn to the backroads, the quiet lives, and the small stories that rarely make it to any national spotlight or into the world of concerned journalism. He shares glimpses of everyday life through candid and non-manipulated photography. After receiving a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 2008, he worked as a newspaper staff photographer for six years in Concord, New Hampshire and Midland, Michigan. Most recently, he has relocated to New Hampshire.

What drives you in your work? Being cognizant of the historical importance contemporary photographs have in the future lives of people who want to get lost and dream about what once was. The fact that no one has definitive answers, that life means something different for different people and that personal pursuit is incredibly enlightening. That and the need to squash curiosity through experiencing something myself and sharing it along the way.

Projects with Fly Over: Smalltown Landscapes (photography and writing).

johntullyphoto.com