Eric Shelton, Mississippi Today photojournalist, has been awarded the top honor from Report for America (RFA) for his service project with Jackson youth. Shelton, who originally joined the Mississippi Today team as an RFA corps member in 2018, taught photojournalism and visual storytelling workshops to students at the community organization Operation U.P.W.A.R.D., in Jackson, culminating in a gallery show of the students’ work.

Each Report for America corps member engages in a service project, typically related to youth media. This helps connect the corps members to the community in a different way and inspires the next generation of journalists.

After concluding his RFA term, Shelton has joined the Mississippi Today team as a permanent staff member, serving as our nonprofit newsroom’s only photojournalist. Shelton has been recognized widely for his work throughout Mississippi, most recently by international photo collective The Raw Society.