Again, head into the desktop.

This time, Nieman Reports has let Mike Pride, the (to me, thankfully) former editor of the Concord Monitor prattle on about how he would change the news organization if he were in charge again.

The changes I’d make to the photography department would be similar to the ones in sports. The Monitor has a fine tradition of doing in-depth photo projects, including one that won a Pulitzer Prize. But to fulfill the paper’s daily photo demands while also doing such projects requires a larger staff than the Monitor can now afford. I’d start using photos taken by readers. Everyone now has a camera so amateur photojournalists are everywhere.

Because, you know, the readers really care about honest, objective images. They just don’t have the ethical or conceptual tools to create them.

Mark E. Johnson

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