Makes me happy when the dean of my old school agrees with me on something:
“I am very disappointed in President Obama for trying to limit press access,” said Lorraine Branham, dean of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University … “You cannot say it is private and then turn around and put out photos.”
Also from this Mike Davis piece on access to the president at Time’s Lightbox blog:
“Those visual press releases are only part of the story,” said Associated Press Director of Photography Santiago Lyon. I asked Lyon if he thinks the White House-released photos accurately depict life in the White House: “We wouldn’t know because we’re not allowed access into the events that are depicted.”
I’m behind in some of my reading so I just got to Jim Colton’s interview with National Geographic’s Dennis Dimmick on the National Press Photographers Association’s Photo Journal page.
We talk about being the expert in my class on whatever it is you’re going to cover, but I’m not always sure that comes through. So this will be required reading for all future kids:
As to the lessened value of today’s photojournalists, at least in the current media environment, this is why I advocate that photographers need to be as good as anyone in the room in understanding the underlying ideas and concepts behind the issues we cover.
If you don’t know your story, you’re just making pretty photos. Be a journalist, know the story.
Over at The New York Times, Mark Lander has a story about the ongoing debate between the press and the White House over visual access to the president. The news hook for this story seems lad little weak – the president’s photographer, Pete Souza, was recently married in the Rose Garden.
Still, the limited access needs to be rectified.
“The core issue is the White House uses his images and disseminates them to the public, and they become the only historical document of events,” said J. David Ake, the assistant bureau chief for photos at The Associated Press.
To beat in a pun, there should never be a marriage of the press and the president, but there should be an ongoing relationship. The estrangement taking place in Washington right now, where only one side is getting their message out, is not healthy for our American family.
(Thanks to colleague Prof. Kent Middleton for the link.)
Over at The New York Times, David Carr takes on the issue of unpaid internships in media organizations.
Is this a big deal? Yes.
These internships are by their very nature discriminatory. Only a certain kind of young person can afford to spend a summer working for no pay. According to sources at the major publishers, more than one in five of these plum spots typically go to people who are connected one way or another.
Unpaid internships typically provide people who already have a leg up a way to get the other leg up.
Here at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, we give academic credit to our students for completing internships. This fall, under our new department chair, we are enforcing the policy that to receive credit, our students must be paid.
That makes me happy.
This can’t be of any value as it’s not a prime-number list, but I’m still sharing – Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling.
Not all apply to journalism, but a surprising number do.
Over at Time, Martha C. White has a short piece up on why college graduates are struggling to find jobs – and it isn’t that their formal education failed them, it’s the “soft skills” the kids lack.
Specifically, companies say candidates are lacking in motivation, interpersonal skills, appearance, punctuality and flexibility.
So, to those kids who complain about my attendance policy … get ready for a dress code.
The Associated Press’ Santiago Lyons is, again, arguing that President Obama’s administration has become one of the most restrictive of press rights. Much of what we are seeing released by the White House is propaganda, according to Lyons in an article at The Daily Caller by Robby Soave.
The AP has only been permitted to photograph the president alone in the Oval Office on two occasions–both in his first term–and has never been allowed to photograph the president with his staff in the office.
Sad day for the Middletown, New York, community as the Times Herald-Record has laid off its entire photo staff, according to a story by Donald Winslow on the National Press Photographers Association’s web site.
What’s next for visual journalism? Well, if the Chicago Sun-Times is any indication (remember, they let their entire photography staff go earlier this year), the Middletown community can look forward to stunning, in-depth visual coverage of … directions to meetings on white boards.