Category At Work

Interns: To Pay or Not

A U.S. court of appeals may have finally defined what needs to happen in an internship to determine if it must be paid or not:

As long as internships are designed chiefly to further young people’s knowledge in a particular field, the court said, interns do not have to be paid.

All managers who deal with internships should pay close attention to where this goes.

The Children Are Not the Enemy

David “Chim” Seymour did a post-World War II project for UNICEF, documenting the children who had survived the war. It’s a powerful set of images worth studying.

A few years ago, Carole Naggar assembled a retrospective of that work, including some unseen images, in a book I now really want to get

Journalists and Stress

Beginning of a new series by Gabriel Arana at the Huffington Post on journalists and stress, hopeful that this will go a little deeper into how we deal with it. But, even if it just raises awareness of the issues, it’s beneficial – too often we brush off what we’ve seen and documented and move on. It doesn’t work.

What has always concerned me is not just those who witness massive events like the September 11 attacks of the Boston Marathon bombings, but those who see the little slices at humanity, day in and day out. The cumulative effect of bearing witness to the human condition is just as great (and maybe greater) than being present at the big events – and there’s little empathy for those who do that work. Everyone talks about where they were when the towers fell, there’s a shared experience there – but no one talks about where they were when there was one horrific car crash. Or where they were when one child was removed from one abusive home – but there may have been a journalist there that day. And who do they talk to?

The point isn’t that journalists exposed to mass devastation are invincible, but that those suffering most are often tucked away where others don’t think to look.

Nick Ut Talks About the Napalm Girl Photo

Very nice piece by Mark Edward Harris at Vanity Fair about the day Nick Ut made the iconic image of Kim Phuc, naked and burning, outside of Trang Bang, Vietnam.

Out of This World Images

Great piece on NPR about astronaut Reid Wiseman’s photographs … whoa.

Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to Undergo First Amendment Training

In a refreshing turn, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has settled a lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union over police practices of questioning and detaining photographers. Members of the Sheriff’s Department will undergo new training:

The training, supplied through a newsletter detailing the LASD policy and given to all new recruits and to all deputies assigned to patrol, states that members of the public ‘have a First Amendment right to observe, take photographs, and record video in any public place where they are lawfully present” and prohibits deputies from “interfering, threatening, intimidating, blocking or otherwise discouraging’ photographers from taking photos or video unless they are violating a law.

I’d rather it not be just a newsletter …

Why You Hire a Professional, Presidential Aspirant Edition

This is classic – how Marvin Bush’s love of Frank Zappa ruined his brother Jeb’s wedding photos.

Why Pictures Matter: Articulation

The second part of Sara Quinn’s research on the value of photojournalism has now been published by the National Press Photographers Association. In it she goes through the language that the study participants used to describe user generated images and those made by working professionals – it’s pretty clear our audiences can both see the difference and articulate it well.

Also included is this video, that everyone should be showing their colleagues right now:

NPPA Research Project from NPPA on Vimeo.

Photojournalism Day at UGA

On behalf of the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, I am inviting you to join us as we welcome the National Press Photographers Association to Athens. The NPPA, the leading organization for visual journalists, is moving its headquarters to UGA this spring and we are looking forward to partnerships in the areas of education, research and outreach.

As part of our celebration, we are the first stop for the Women Photojournalists of Washington’s traveling exhibition which will be displayed in Grady for the month of January. In addition, we have an afternoon of sessions planned for Friday, January 9, which we hope you can join us for.

  • 2:30–3:30 Women in Photojournalism – Finding and Keeping Your Voice: This panel will be moderated by Atlanta-based photojournalist Akili Ramsess who will be joined by Minla Shields, former photo editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Katie Schoolov, a video journalist for KPBS in San Diego, Melissa Golden, president of the Women Photojournalists of Washington group and a Washington, D.C., based independent photojournalist, and Andrea Briscoe, Governor Nathan Deal’s photographer.
  • 3:45–5:15 Eyetracking Photojournalism: In an age where images are instantaneous and easily shared around the world, what characteristics make a photograph worth publishing? This major new study by Sara Quinn on photojournalism gives insight into how people perceive the quality of journalistic photographs — from those taken by seasoned professionals to cellphone images that capture everyday life. With significant implications for storytellers, journalists and publishing organizations, this research combines eyetrack testing with extensive interviews asking people their thoughts on storytelling, quality, what makes an image memorable and worth sharing.
  • 5:30–7:00 NPPA at UGA: A welcoming reception for the National Press Photographers Association which is relocating its headquarters to the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

All events will be held in Studio 100, the glass-walled space on the first floor of the Journalism Building. (Use the entrance on Sanford Drive closest to the intersection of Hooper Street.) Parking during the day is available at the Tate Student Center (705 South Lumpkin St., Athens). Parking after 5 p.m. is available in the N09 lot on Hooper Street adjacent to the intersection with East Campus Drive.

For more information, please contact Mark E. Johnson at

Happy Birthday, AP Wirephoto

The Associated Press’ Wirephoto service debuted on New Year’s Day in 1935, making it a young 80 years old.

I remember the first time I used a first-generation Leafax transmitter … it was awesome, but slow. When the Boston bureau trained me on the IIId version I was in heaven – so much faster. Still not sure how we toned color images on a black and white monitor, but we did.