Midwest Photo Summit Speaker – Jake May

Flint Northwestern senior Tru'Vai Pearson, center, dances in high heels amidst a group of her peers who sing and cheer her on as they join in, celebrating with more than 300 students backstage before receiving their diplomas at the commencement exercises for three Flint Community Schools -- Mott Adult High School, Northwestern High School and Southwestern Classical Academy -- on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Perani Arena in Flint. "I'm just excited to start a new life. It's going to be a whole new world for me," Pearson said.

Flint Northwestern senior Tru’Vai Pearson, center, dances in high heels amidst a group of her peers who sing and cheer her on as they join in, celebrating with more than 300 students backstage before receiving their diplomas at the commencement exercises for three Flint Community Schools — Mott Adult High School, Northwestern High School and Southwestern Classical Academy — on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Perani Arena in Flint. “I’m just excited to start a new life. It’s going to be a whole new world for me,” Pearson said.

Jake May is the chief photojournalist and multimedia specialist at The Flint Journal in Flint, Mich. The publication is part of MLive Media Group, a web-first, statewide organization that owns 8 newspapers, and covers 10 major markets in the lower peninsula. The Flint Journal is well known for its commitment to community photojournalism, as well as its dedication to covering breaking news in a city that the FBI ranks as the most violent city in America, three out of the last five years. Jake has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to document life and culture in Flint and Genesee County for the last two-plus years. He takes pride in his city, specifically the relationships he builds with those he photographs.

Before coming to Flint, he was a photo editor and chief photojournalist at The Register-Mail in Galesburg, Ill. Jake attended Central Michigan University. He is a native of Grand Haven, Mich., and also spent nearly a decade growing up in Jensen Beach, Fla.

In Flint, Jake has contributed to a photography team that has earned several awards on a statewide, regional and national level. He leads an internship program that seeks top photojournalism students nationwide. Under his tenure, interns’ work has won awards recognized by both Pictures of the Year International, Hearst Journalism Awards and College Photographer of the Year. Jake is the NPPA Region 4 Chair, as well as president of the Michigan Press Photographers Association. His work documenting Flint and Genesee County has earned him dozens of statewide awards, NPPA’s 2013 Region 4 Photographer of the Year, as well as an honorable mention in NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism Photojournalist of the Year (Smaller Markets) in 2015.

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