Photojournalism Work Diary 11/14/17

Essay examples

An example used is will small family farmers survive the Trump administration

Photo story or photo essay – topic for today and for next project.

The pictures have to represent what the photo essay is about… not necessarily about one person rather the people there or involved

Places to go

Missouri Photo Workshop

Missouri School of Journalism

Word of mouth

Friends & Family

Don’t make story just interested to you – but interested to your readers wants/needs

Is it really a story?

Impact, timeliness, prominence, proximity, uniqueness, conflict, currency, human interest.

Visual appeal

Is it tangible? Can it be photographed?

Has to have at least one of these values to get this published somewhere


Research, Identify subject, get access (access is everything!)

Shoot per “script” or hang out?

  • It depends
    • what is your deadline
    • For whom are you shooting?
    • Do you know what the story is about?
    • How much access do you have?
  • Reality: Blend of prep and being open
  • Are you making progress? Double check story angle

How do you know when you are done with your photo story or photo essay?

  • it’s not scientific analysis
  • it is honest ad fair?
  • Is It coherent?
  • Is the story line clear?
    • Do you have…
      • An opening picture?
      • Story-telling images?
      • Ender?
      • Information for meaningful captions?
      • Can you write a headline for it?
      • Repetition


  • Identify opening shot
  • Identify closing shot
  • Identify middle, story-telling pictures
  • Don’t use 2 pictures when 1 will do
  • For print publication, look for horizontal and vertical pictures
  • Beware of visual monotony
  • Each picture should advance the story




Editing & Design Work Diary 11/8/17

Tonight Rick was sick (had a head cold) and had Anelia come in to help teach the class. My primary goal for the night was to continue laying out the design of my magazine and come up with a game plan to finish everything up. As of right now, my goal is to have my entire magazine complete over Thanksgiving break and then come back and make changes as Rick thinks I should before I finally submit. It definitely is hard keeping up with everything especially with other class work piling up as the semester comes to an end but I believe I will put together an awesome magazine in the end.

Photojournalism Work Diary 11/7/17

Tonight in class was relatively similar to every night. I found it very interesting seeing others photo stories and how they were able to tie things together. I honestly think I need to re-think my submission and possibly show something next week? I’m not really sure. What I am sure of though, is that I am growing my likeness for photography more and more. I appreciate the challenges and want to continue to take photos even after the class comes to an end.

Photojournalism Work Diary 10/31/17

What is a photo story?

about a single subject

person place event

illustrates an idea, issue, trend through a single person, place, event.

Has to have beginning, middle, end

POYi definition of a feature picture story

“A multiple-picture story or essay that reflects the human experience, celebrates life, or chronicles a cultural trend. Respect of the dignity of the subject is important.

POYi: A multiple-picture story or essay that explores an important social, economic, or political issue.

Some topics:

Gun control, global warming, economy, discrimination, immigration, marriage

Essay examples can be found by looking up life force, magnum photo, mother jones, the New York times, time, Unicef.

We also reviewed new photos people have taken. I shared mine and it went really well!

Finding a story

Other media outlets

Missouri photo workshop

Missouri school of journalism

word of mouth

friends & family

The President’s Photographer – Photojournalism Assignment

All too often do we see photographs of our recent and past leaders of the free world, but very rarely do we actually see the people who take those photographs. Enter the president’s photographer. After President Linden B. Johnson hired the first White House photographer during his presidency in the 1950s, it has become a very common occurrence amongst all the United States presidents from then on. This film was created by National Geographic and it covers previous President Obama’s personal photographer.

Pete Susan and President Obama first became acquainted with each other when Pete worked at the Chicago Tribune and the future president was in the senate. After building a relationship with then Senator Obama, he then had the great opportunity of helping document the next president’s legacy through still photographs.

During the film, you see easily over 100 photographs that are included as just a sample of what types of shots Pete and the president’s photographers can capture. At the end of any given week, their staff ends up with thousands of photographs they must edit through. At the end of any given year, they have potentially collected hundreds of thousands of pictures that will be added to their presidential library. Once they make it there, they never leave – forever sealed in history.

During the film, President Obama makes mention of how much easier it is when his photographer kind of “fits into the background” and they become much like a fly on the wall, thus not distracting from their presidential work. President Obama was not the only one to make these remarks. The film also interviewed photographers and past presidents to learn more about their presidential photographer. President Bush had a very interesting story to tell, especially in relation to personal photography.

He spoke more about 9/11 and how on that day everything was happening so quickly. His personal photographer said he would look right through him as he obviously had much larger things in mind. This was a defining moment for the Bush administration, and President Obama was still waiting for his. Throughout the film, they make mention of how his push for healthcare reform would be the defining moment of his presidency and that they are collecting thousands of photographs in anticipation.

But not every president has felt this way about photographers. President Nixon, just before his resignation speech, was recorded sounding annoyed with actually having to pose for such photographs. Maybe this also shaped the confidentiality and trust that these presidents have with their photographers. They refuse to share any information with reporters and they must for a multitude of reasons. One of the largest, I would say, would be the type of information exchanged within the meeting rooms. Only a handful of people are even allowed in and when it is just two people in the room, the photographer must know when it is ok to listen and when to completely ignore everything except the quality of the shot.

After looking at a few of the photos shown, I would definitely say that the actual context of the picture is what sets the tone and overall reaction. For example, one photo of President Bush that stands out to me was him talking on the phone aboard Air Force One with a few members from his team conversing and watching the news. Without the proper context, you may think that this was a completely normal photograph of a president of the United States. Once you know that it is 9/11 and they are making strategic plans, it totally changes the mood and overall acceptance of the photograph.

Another thing that I found very interesting was that the First Lady gets her own photographer as well. Though the meetings may not seem as intense as these lives altering catastrophic events like 9/11, they are still involved with the community and put a lot of smiles on people’s faces. These photos are kept and shared. To me, this almost humanizes the president and their family a little more than without these photo-ops.

I believe that the photos that really spoke volume for me, were the white house staff photoshoots. The reason being is it captures a time in history when these people from all walks of life came together to serve at our nation’s capital under our leader. Their faces are forever grained in history and it also provides a way for the president to say thank you. One thing that they continually said is that the president does not necessarily get to spend a lot of time with their staff, but an image like those can impact their unity to serve.

Editing & Design Work Diary 10/25/17

Relatively the same as last week but this week we had to share everything we have been working on with Rick. I was towards the end which gave me a little extra time to gather more of my thoughts and bring everything together to share. As of right now, everything is looking really good. I have all of my text written out and just have to take the pictures needed for my magazine.

I also had two presentations to share with the class today. The first one was a trick I have discovered with InDesign. Basically, it you have a text box and do not want to waste time resizing the box and risk moving the text as well. If you click the corner twice then it will auto snap back to the top perfectly! Very Cool.

My second presentation I gave was over how to write a great headline for your articles. I went more into the various styles and some facts about them. The most interesting, in my opinion, is when talking about odd numbers and how using them in your title creates a 20% higher chance someone will read your article or click a link to learn more!

Photojournalism Work Diary 10/24/17

Today in class, I was very busy. I took it upon myself to share both of my research projects with the class and then share the photos I took as well. The first research project I shared was my research over Carol Guzy. Carol Guzy is a photojournalist who has won 4 Pulitzer Prizes over the time of her career. She took some amazing photos and truly captured the emotions of the people in the situations she covered.

I also presented my research over editing and staging photos for photo journalism. We had a great discussion over this topic and I hope that my classmates learned some valuable information too. We then did a short quiz to see if people in the class could tell when things had been digitally altered.

I finally showed my pictures and I really feel that I knocked it out of the park on this one. It came very natural and I shared a ton of information about my friend Nate. I am excited to see what other photos I can add into my collection and then write some awesome captions for my photos!

Editing & Design Work Diary 10/11/17

We worked on the same stuff that we always do. Just trying to keep up on everything and get the project done on time. We learned more about typography and how important it is to the overall design itself.

The example that we used was a picture of Cedar Falls and we played around with the size of font as well as the picture itself. We darkened it and made the white text more easily visible for us to see on the image itself.

We then messed around with the text itself and changed how large certain text/letters were as well as created a custom color gradient for the text itself where it was blue into white to give it a different look.