Category At Work

What CNN Wants Next

Great two part interview with CNN’s Victor Hernandez over at by Michael Depp that looks at how the future is being seen. The second part is focused on what CNN is looking for in new hires:

We’re increasingly looking at things like an individual’s digital portfolio and what they’re doing with social media and how active they are on the big ones like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I’ve had resumes come to me that tout individuals’ Klout scores, how many Foursquare mayorships they have or how many Twitter followers they have, and these weren’t for social media positions, but standard editorial positions.

[We’re looking for] multimedia skills; understanding convergence journalism; understanding the opportunities as they evolve between the screens; people who can think about data visualizations, Web interactives and pop-up video maps for the Web while they’re producing video content for broadcast; also [people] thinking about mobile audiences and working with our mobile team so we can take advantage of opportunities there. These are all critical skills.

(Thanks to colleague Barry Hollander for the link.)

“One must not think about doing things in life, one must do them.”

For those who don’t know his work, Don McCullin has been one of the preeminent war photographers of the last half century. While his work has moved away from the dark days of conflict, his newer work is still stunningly good.

As a tease, here’s a three minute interview with him done by Alfred Dunhill …

This next piece is what my friend Greg Mironchuk calls a piece of crass commercialism, but it’s fascinating – McCullin is shown experiencing a digital camera for the first time. Be aware that it’s a Canon camera and this was posted by Canon Europe, so he leans towards loving it.

But there are moments of great insight into who he is, the work he has done and how it has affected him.

One must not think about doing things in life, one must do them.

The Big Break

NPR’s Morning Edition has a short piece up on Bill O’Leary’s big break at the Washington Post – an image of Mayor Marion Barry being led in handcuffs.

The End of (These) Times

As I am trying to wrap up this semester (still have gigabytes to go …), I really want to start thinking about what we’ll be doing next semester. Before I can do that, though, there’s a little physical and virtual cleaning around the office spaces that needs to get done. Over at ProfHacker, Natalie Houston’s post on 12 Ways to Wrap Up Your Semester is a pretty good outline on what I need to get done.

Now to find the time … and maybe the will.

A Century and a Half of War Photography

Heard this on my local NPR station (WUGA) as I pulled into work this morning, was definitely one of those driveway moments … Susan Stamberg looks at an exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington on 165 years of war photography.

It includes interviews with several of my heroes, including David Burnett (who I should probably just create a category for).

“Photographers, generally, who risk their lives are pacifists, but they sometimes question whether their work has accomplished what they hoped,” (John G. Morris) says.

Burnett agrees. “The more you’ve seen of death and inhumanity, the more it turns you into someone who really can’t stand the sight of war,” he says.

Documenting WWII Prisons from the Inside

Michael Zhang has a story up on PetaPixel about World War II prisoners, in both theaters, who hand-built cameras to document the atrocities in prisoner of war camps.

Out of Eden

National Geographic’s John Stanmeyer has a series of posts up on a story he’s working on that go into the details of what it takes to complete this type of work.


It takes a lot of effort to kill a Toyota Land Cruiser, so to take out several of them … on one assignment … when you’re not in combat …

Go Walk Your Newsroom

Jack Limpert writes about his days working in the Detroit UPI newsroom. Which got me thinking about my days in my last newsroom, which was almost as archaic as what he recalls.

It does give us a good lesson – you don’t learn much from a screen. Sure, there’s information on a screen, but not a lot of knowledge. As newsrooms shutter their photo staffs and push reporters to produce more short stories to generate more clicks, the only way to do that is from a newsroom.

I’m very concerned that the disconnect between journalists and sources that has been growing for the last decade is accelerating right now. And that is not a good thing.

(Thanks to Mark Hertzberg for the link.)

Crowdsource THIS!

If I were to ever depart academia, one of my first stops would be the Chicago Tribune because I really want to work with Alex Garcia.

Today, on his Assignment Chicago blog, he put together a grid of about 300 photos the staff there shot.

Last week.

Yep, just one week’s worth of images.

Go look, go read. You can’t do that with a smartphone.

No Answers in Detroit Photojournalist Arrest

Paul Anger, the editor and publisher of the Detroit Free Press writers about the arrest of staff photojournalist Mandi Wright.

From theca column:

We’d like answers, too. We also know that Detroit police have difficult jobs — that’s understatement — fueled by tension and adrenalin.

But they shouldn’t be worrying about rousting citizens who are within their rights to record actions of police officers on a public street.

We all know the officers have more important things to do.