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What is a Photojournalist?

A Photojournalist is a specialized type of Journalist. Also known as: News Photographer.

A photojournalist is someone who photographs, edits, and displays images in order to tell a visual story. They are journalistic professionals that are skilled at interpreting and communicating an event through a photograph(s). The subject matter can vary greatly, all the way from social unrest in a foreign country, to issues and events happening at a local level. Photojournalists can work as freelance photographers, or can be employed by photo agencies, magazines or local newspapers. Employment areas include the internet, print, and television.

What does a Photojournalist do?

Photojournalism is different than other areas of photography; the main difference being that the photojournalist has to comply to a rigid ethical framework. Since their work contributes to the news media, it must be impartial and honest, and the story being told has to be strictly journalistic.

The photojournalist must often make instant decisions, and must always have their photographic equipment with them, ready to use at a moments notice. Often, the conditions are not optimal and are full of obstacles, such as crowds of people, poor weather, or the threat of physical danger. Photos that are hard to capture due to difficult situations, such as dangerous war zones, are very much in demand and garner more money.

A photojournalist is someone who has a trained, artistic, and talented eye, and is able to see a 'photographic opportunity' that an untrained eye might easily overlook. He or she has the opportunity to change the way people view the world through their photographs, and can show people things they've never been shown before. These individuals are very passionate about their work, have an amazing eye for detail, and have an innate ability to 'see' the world around them differently than others. There are entire books, and even exhibitions, dedicated to the work done by incredibly talented photojournalists.

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What is the workplace of a Photojournalist like?

A photojournalist does not have a typical nine-to-five desk job. When news break, they must be ready to go immediately; they are always on call 24/7, and often work long hours. Working conditions may not always be optimal, as severe weather could be a factor, and some situations may be dangerous.

Some photojournalists travel extensively, and yet others stay closer to home, working for local newspapers and magazines.

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  • Understanding and Appreciating the Basics of Photojournalism photography.tutsplus.com

    It can be argued that photojournalism is the most universal form of mass communication. Writing and speaking both require the knowledge of a specific language, but the visual image can in many instances be understood by anyone. Facial expressions, emotions, movement and body posture as well as composition, light and shadow can tell a story in the same way that words can.

  • 9 Tips for Breaking into Photojournalism content.photojojo.com

    This article is for those of you trying to hone your photography skills enough to break into the field of photojournalism. We’ve got nine tips to help you get your news photos out of your camera and into the public eye.

  • Photojournalism Career- Tell a Story with Pictures www.theartcareerproject.com

    Journalism is the practice of reporting newsworthy events. Traditional journalism typically involves painting a picture of a newsworthy situation with words. Many times, these stories will be accompanied by a few pictures. Photojournalism, on the other hand, is the practice of creating a visual representation of a newsworthy event with several dynamic photographs.

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