Scott Anderson named one of 12 inaugural “Shooting Stars” by the national magazine

Shaw Local News Network photographer Scott Anderson was recently honored in Editor & Publisher Magazine’s inaugural class of Shooting Stars — a highlight of 12 visual journalists across the United States.

From Editor & Publisher:

Talented visual journalists take us inside a moment, or a series of them, communicating information and inspiring emotion — whether it’s through a single image or hours of video footage. Top-of-the-field news photographers and videographers are technicians, creative visionaries, astute observers and chroniclers of history. They capture stories frame by frame, appending narratives and scripts with visual complements.

This inaugural class of Shooting Stars comes from small publications and large corporate entities. Some have studied their craft at the top schools, and others have honed their craft in the school of hard knocks. Some have captured historic events and famous people, and some spend their days telling the stories of their communities, shooting high school sports and small-town festivals. What these 12 Shooting Stars have in common is a love for their art, an enviable work ethic and a devotion to visual journalism.


Scott Anderson

Education/Where you learned to shoot: Harrington College of Design, bachelor of arts degree

What advice do you have for other young professionals who aspire to become photojournalists?

Try to photograph something different than what everyone else in the industry is doing. Use your techniques and skills to think outside of the box on assignments and to draw the reader in to view your photos. Always be open to trying something new even if you don’t think you’ll like the assignment, and dedicate yourself to making your coverage the best you can.

Anderson had two photos featured in the publication:

A pair of T-6 Texan aircraft with the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team emits flames in the sky with a crescent moon illuminating behind them as they perform during the night air show at the Illinois Valley Regional Airport in Peru, for the TBM Reunion gathering on Friday, May 14, 2021.


Peru Police officers and other volunteers help corner a wallaroo on the train tracks behind Maze Lumber in Peru. Wally, the wallaroo, escaped from his owner Nathan Drewel in Peru shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Wally jumped into the Illinois River right after this photo. He was rescued by a random fishing boat that scooped him up in a fishing net. Wally was transported to Bridgeview Animal Hospital in Peru for treatment. (This photo was picked up by AP and ran in publications worldwide.)

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