Steve Fox is my hero.
He’s on the faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and, last spring, taught an investigative reporting class that looked at heroin usage in Massachusetts. This week, the Boston Globe ran a story reported and written by two of his students that looked at one UMass student who was convinced to become a confidential informant in exchange for not being charged with heroin possession.
The student, who wasn’t required to go through any rehab or treatment program, later died of a heroin overdose.
As a direct result of the reporting by students Eric Bosco and Kayla Marchetti, the University of Massachusetts has announced it is suspending the use of confidential informants.
To Bosco and Marchetti, excellent work – your story was well researched, well reported and well crafted. It dove deeply into a troubling issue and handled it with professionalism and grace. It’s a classic example of the power of journalism.
And to Professor Fox – awesome work guiding and inspiring your students to do something so remarkable.
Well, yes, of course you can. But can you shoot it on deadline? Mike Drew of the Calgary Sun tried it for a day.
What did we learn? Take a look.
I’m thinking maybe we have a film shoot off some time …
Rich Clarkson is still active in the field of photojournalism which makes this pretty stunning: the National Press Photographers Association gave him the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in 1972.
To further honor him, the National Press Photographers Foundation has created a new scholarship in his name.
“Edgy artist” is not the phrase I would use to describe Richard Prince … thief, perhaps. Or genius – he appears to be convincing someone to spend $100,000 on screenshots of someone else’s bad photographs.
(Thanks to David Burnett for the link.)
Many of you know I run a couple of workshops for my kids every year. The fall one is usually a one-day affair, the spring one a three-day event. Funding for these events is always tricky, so we’re trying something new.
How would you like to give back a little to help a photojournalism student out? Next month I’m taking the Advanced Photojournalism class to the Georgia National Fair. I have a handful of professionals coming in to work with them throughout the day – we’re setting up a newsroom on-site (well, technically it’s across the street at the Perry Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau) and students will be able to shoot for a while, then come in and get feedback on their work, then head back out again to apply what they’ve learned.
How do you come in? We’re helping to test a new donation system here at the University of Georgia, a crowd funding site where you can kick in a couple of bucks to help us defray some of the costs.
Let’s see what we can do.
I’ll admit I’m a sucker for those then-and-now slider images and the Detroit Free Press built a pretty good on on the ruins of the city.
There’s a twist towards the end … it’s not all riches-to-rags, so to speak.
A little late, but for any Atlanta-area readers, the Atlanta Press Club will have a show and discussion on Profiles of Poverty at the Metro Atlanta Chamber on Tuesday, September 30. Panelists Renee Brock, Joeff David, Steve Morton and David Tulis will be on hand to talk about the work.
Wish I’d known sooner, let me know if you go.
Something a little lighter … maybe.
Jeff Guyer at DIY Photography has posted 24 Things Photographers Say (And What They Really Mean).
Anyone care to add some more? And read through the comments, some really high ISO people in there …
(Thanks to David Tulis for the link.)
There are lots of images of conflict, both the combatants and the civilian victims. And after a battle, there are those photographers who swoop in to shoot the aftermath.
But what about looking at the artifacts of a war a century later? Over at The New York Times’ Lens blog, Craig Allen talks with Jeffrey Gusky about his series on the underground cities from World War I.
The details left behind or hauntingly beautiful.