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Article about photographers, or the lack thereof

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by IowaScribe, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. IowaScribe

    IowaScribe New Member

  2. Chuck_Tatum

    Chuck_Tatum Member

    You hit that one right on the effin' screws.
  3. podunk press

    podunk press Active Member

    As someone who just took a terrible photo that will run on A1 tomorrow, I agree 100 percent.
  4. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

  5. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    Holy shit. You sound like you worked with me.
  6. SixToe

    SixToe Active Member

    No, he sounds like he worked with a lot of us.
  7. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    Damn, that's spot-on, IowaScribe ... especially this part about the "nitwits taking photos":

    The only question I had is which "McPaper" in Iowa you had to watch being ruined. (and I realize you're keeping it anonymous).

    Sad truth is, I can think of several shops that went through what you described during the 2000s, when I worked in and traveled around eastern Iowa.
  8. schiezainc

    schiezainc Well-Known Member

    Uh, yeah, this is pretty much exactly what happened at the rag I worked at until January.
  9. PirateSports

    PirateSports Member

    Very interesting and true piece, but I think there's another takeaway from this. The more skills you have now, the better your chances of surviving.
  10. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Yeah, this is a disturbing trend. Not only is it an insult to the craft of photography as a whole, it makes the entire paper worse. Lost count of the number of times as a designer I was forced to run crap as centerpiece art just because it was "local" and taken by a reporter.

    I don't know which is more unrealistic: asking reporters to produce good photos or asking photographers to produce good copy.
  11. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    Photos getting copy. You can shoot 700 frames and get lucky. You can't write 700 words and do the same.
  12. Beef03

    Beef03 Active Member

    I swear I just had the exact same conversation on Sunday and again tonight. Spot on and damn depressing.

    Damn I'm outta beer.
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