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  • Are photojournalists a vital part of society Why or Why not?

  • Photojournalism: Telling the Visual Story

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  • DefinitionJournalism in which a story is presented through photographs.

  • What is photojournalism, anyway?It includes composing photographs to catch viewers attention and have meaning.Also includes writing captions.

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  • Photojournalist An individual who uses the images taken with a camera to tell a story.

    A person who takes pictures is a photographer.

    There is a difference

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  • Role of a PhotojournalistBe a storytellerTake photos that reflect life not art or a product (v. art/commercial photographers)Work with editors, writers and designers to complete assignments

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  • Pros of being a PhotojournalistTravel Meeting interesting peopleAccess to places most people dont haveShare work with large audienceFluid work schedule

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  • Cons of being a PhotojournalistUnusual hours (holidays, nights and weekends)Short notice for assignmentsWorking under deadline pressurePhysical danger (floods, fires, accidents)See tragedy regularlyLots of equipmentLow pay to start

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  • Purposes of Photojournalism

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  • 1. To sellPhotos are the most viewed part of a publication and help readers connect visually to information.

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  • 2. Provide ImpactA picture really is worth a thousand wordsPhotos help convey emotion

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  • 3. Serve watchdog role of journalismPhotojournalism helps readers know about atrocitiesKeeps big business/government in check

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  • 4. View of the WorldPhotojournalism provides the average person with a view of the world.It takes them places they cannot go or do not have access to.

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  • 5. HistoryPhotojournalism provides a historical record of places, people and events.Examples: opening of a new school, presidential elections, etc.

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  • Five ways a photojournalist accomplishes storytelling

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  • 1. Research5 Ws and HPhoto assignment slips - talk with writer/editor and those involved

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  • 2. Be PreparedEquipment - how much, which pieces (lenses, light, card size, etc.)

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  • 3. People PersonMake subjects feel comfortableSpend at least 15 minutes with subjectBe seen with cameraBe comfortable talking to new people

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  • 4. AssertiveGet close to subjects

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  • 5. Gather Caption Info5 Ws and HCarry notebook

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  • PhotographFrom Greek

    Photo = light, Graph = to draw

    Photography = To draw with light

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  • PhotographLight drawing or light writing was not discovered at once or by a single person.

    People had always looked for a way to get pictures without the long and tedious work of an artist.

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  • Goal of PhotojournalismSelecting story telling photographs that can convey the fullest, most accurate sense of the situation photographed

  • Goal of PhotojournalismEngage the heart and mind of a viewer with a compelling version of truth that results from bearing witness or a situation or event.

  • Age of the Visual JournalistVisually intense society raised on millions of pictures.Average of 5000 images a day in a variety of forms.Role of the photographer and writer are changing.

  • PhotojournalismPhotojournalism is distinguished from other branches of photography by the qualities of:

    TimelinessObjectivity Narrative

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  • Photojournalism IS

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  • Universal language, understood everywhere

  • history. It records events and lasts for a long time.

  • science: It involves chemistry, math, physics

  • fun: hobby, amusement, time with friends

  • job: Professional photographers: sports, modeling, weddings, nature, advertising, news

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