Category At Work

Stephen Crowley On Covering Politics

PDNOnline’s David Walker talked with The New York Times’ Stephen Crowley about his work covering Washington politics. When asked what fascinates him about the topic, he answered:

It’s the sport of kings. You have teams, you have strong players and weak players and trades, and schemes. It’s always a story. And it’s a vocation you can do that actually benefits people. You don’t get rich doing this, but you live an incredibly rich life.

I added the emphasis – isn’t that the core of why we commit acts of journalism?

Poynter-ONA Leadership Academy

This looks pretty cool … and free.

The four-and-a-half day program for 25 promising women leaders will include guidance on the business of journalism, individual leadership style, navigating newsroom culture, entrepreneurship and one-on-one coaching. Poynter and ONA will collaborate to build an agile, interactive curriculum led by prominent women faculty in the startup, tech, media and academic fields. Applicants will be screened for potential, need and diversity across ethnicity, age, geography, technology platforms and skill sets. Applications will open in early January 2015.

What Comes After School

Poking around the web today I found this two year old post by Steve Giralt about being in business and, since I’m talking about business with my kids these days, it seems really relevant.

This Is Not Okay [UPDATED]

No – law enforcement officers should never, under any circumstances, impersonate a journalist.


This action puts all journalists at risk as it implants the idea that anyone claiming to be a journalist could be a law enforcement officer and that opens them up to a significant level of danger, particularly if they cover controversial or difficult subjects.

How serious is the issue? The kidnapping and murder of Daniel Pearl in 2002 may have been due to suspicions that he was a CIA agent.

The The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 25 other journalism organizations, including the National Press Photographers Association, have sent a letter of protest to Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr., and FBI Director James B. Comey, Jr.

Tips for Low LIght

Over at PDNOnline, Matthew Ismael Ruiz has a summation of Gerd Ludwig’s talk at PhotoPlus Expo on how he handles low light situations.

Part of his talk was about working in Chernobyl and photogrpahing the people affected by the radiation:

When shooting underprivileged victims, you have to realize that when you point the camera at them, you temporarily increase their pain.

Wish I Knew Then …

Many, many people have uttered the phrase I wish I knew then what I know now … and often they’re lamenting not learning something in school that they had to figure out on their jobs. In that vein, Sarah Jacobs at PhotoShelter has a post of the Top 10 Things Photographers Wish They Learned in Photo School that you should take a look at.

The recurring one – business practices. I’m hopeful my kids won’t be saying that with PhotoShelter recognizes their star power and interviews them in a few years …

Honoring Those Who Served

Retired Staff Sgt. Stacy Pearsall has a piece up on Guideposts talking about how she started shooting portraits of veterans. Which would be a great story, but the fact that she’s a combat-wounded veteran herself makes it just a little bit better.

Almost hidden down at the bottom is a link to Pearsall talking about her portraits.

I was lucky enough to have her in a class at Syracuse many, many years ago. There are some students who you help, there are some that help you – she was the latter. I learned more from looking at her images than I’ve been able to teach.

Maybe My Kids Need More Time …

I try to keep things pretty tight on my academic schedule – assignments for the intro class go out on a Wednesday and are due the following Friday. Nine days seems like enough time for them to do some research, find a subject, try it out, see it doesn’t work, find another subject, get that one to work out then edit and submit.

Years ago, I would have killed for a schedule like that … in reality, many wait until Thursday afternoon, then scramble for whatever is available. I don’t like that, but I get it.

Now, if they read this post by Vincent Musi on taking eight years to get one story done, they’ll be complaining they need way more time … of course, he’s shooting for National Geographic and did a bunch of other pieces in between.

Still, a lesson for me, perhaps.

A Photojournalist-Eye View of Covering Football

The Columbia Tribune’s Daniel Brenner mounted a camera to his head and let it roll for eight hours while covering the Missouri-Georgia football game.

They get shuttles at Missouri? Nice …

(Thanks to Jake May for the link.)

On the Ground Coverage

The New York Times’ Lens blog has a post and video up of staff photographer Ozier Muhammad covering the People’s Climate March. A simple take, but worth spending a few minutes on.

Sometimes the size is so overwhelming it’s hard to find a picture.

(Thanks to Grant Blankenship for the link.)