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PHOTOJOURNALIST: Went For The Journalism Degree; Studied Photography On The Side

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Chris talks about his job as a Photojournalist, stressing the importance of being on time, and the ability to balance the creative and the technical. It's a busy job, often demanding 6 or 7 assignments per day.

Degree: Journalism
Job Title: Photojournalist

Job Summary: Digital Journalist

Job Description

Digital journalist is a new breed of reporter who focuses on creating interactive news stories and blogs with videos, photos and animations.

On-the-Job Training

Moderate-term on-the-job training

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Average salary
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$30,000 - $150,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
1 to 8 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Flexible, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Travel, Outdoor, Indoor, Home
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Artistic, People skills, Public speaking ability, Networking

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='492'>Hi, my</span> <span m='984'>name is</span> <span m='1476'>Chris Walker.</span> <span m='1968'>I work as a</span> <span m='2460'>freelance</span> <span m='2952'>photojournalist.</span> <span m='4428'>One of</span> <span m='4920'>the key</span> <span m='5412'>aspects of</span> <span m='5904'>my job</span> <span m='6396'>is</span> <span m='7872'>very</span> <span m='8364'>basic.</span> <span m='9348'>Be on</span> <span m='9840'>time.</span> <span m='11316'>Journalism</span> <span m='11830'>isn't something</span> <span m='12130'>you can</span> <span m='12430'>set up.</span> <span m='13070'>It's something</span> <span m='13503'>that you</span> <span m='13936'>need to</span> <span m='14370'>do</span> <span m='15346'>while it's</span> <span m='15842'>happening,</span> <span m='16338'>so being</span> <span m='16834'>punctual</span> <span m='17330'>and getting</span> <span m='17826'>there,</span> <span m='18322'>having the</span> <span m='18818'>technical</span> <span m='19314'>expertise</span> <span m='19810'>to back</span> <span m='20306'>you up is</span> <span m='20802'>fairly important.</span> <span m='22290'>Modern</span> <span m='22786'>camera</span> <span m='23282'>help</span> <span m='24274'>deliver</span> <span m='24770'>that for</span> <span m='25266'>people,</span> <span m='25762'>but they can't</span> <span m='26258'>make you on</span> <span m='26754'>time.</span> </p><p><span m='27250'>So</span> <span m='28242'>those are</span> <span m='28738'>some of the</span> <span m='29234'>keys that</span> <span m='29730'>are part of</span> <span m='30226'>the job.</span> <span m='31218'>But</span> <span m='31714'>I think</span> <span m='32210'>the</span> <span m='32706'>daily part</span> <span m='33202'>of my</span> <span m='33698'>workload</span> <span m='34194'>that I</span> <span m='34690'>really enjoy</span> <span m='35186'>is just</span> <span m='35682'>getting out,</span> <span m='36178'>meeting people</span> <span m='36674'>doing</span> <span m='37170'>different</span> <span m='37666'>things,</span> <span m='38162'>getting to</span> <span m='38658'>see, really,</span> <span m='39154'>what their</span> <span m='39650'>lives are</span> <span m='40146'>like.</span> <span m='41138'>It's</span> <span m='41634'>not too</span> <span m='42130'>repetitive.</span> <span m='42626'>I mean, there</span> <span m='43122'>are events</span> <span m='43618'>that you</span> <span m='44114'>cover year</span> <span m='44610'>after year.</span> <span m='45602'>Sometimes</span> <span m='46098'>you get</span> <span m='46594'>tired of</span> <span m='47090'>talking to the</span> <span m='47586'>mayor, if you</span> <span m='48082'>have a</span> <span m='48578'>mayor who you</span> <span m='49074'>don't like.</span> <span m='50562'>But</span> <span m='51058'>in</span> <span m='51554'>general,</span> <span m='52050'>it's not a</span> <span m='52546'>bad</span> <span m='53538'>gig.</span> </p><p><span m='54530'>It's a</span> <span m='55026'>good opportunity</span> <span m='55522'>to get</span> <span m='56018'>out and meet</span> <span m='56514'>people,</span> <span m='57010'>and</span> <span m='57506'>talk with</span> <span m='58002'>them,</span> <span m='58498'>help</span> <span m='58994'>convey</span> <span m='59490'>their</span> <span m='59986'>life</span> <span m='60482'>situations</span> <span m='61474'>to the</span> <span m='61970'>readership,</span> <span m='63954'>who's your</span> <span m='64450'>audience on</span> <span m='64946'>the other</span> <span m='65442'>end.</span> <span m='69980'>When</span> <span m='70430'>I</span> <span m='70450'>was</span> <span m='70730'>looking</span> <span m='71115'>into</span> <span m='71500'>becoming a</span> <span m='71994'>photographer,</span> <span m='72488'>I thought</span> <span m='72982'>I had a</span> <span m='73476'>couple of different</span> <span m='73970'>options.</span> <span m='74464'>I could</span> <span m='74958'>either</span> <span m='76440'>photograph</span> <span m='77428'>broccoli</span> <span m='77922'>and</span> <span m='78416'>paint cans,</span> <span m='78910'>and be a</span> <span m='79404'>studio</span> <span m='79898'>photographer,</span> <span m='80392'>which</span> <span m='80886'>had limited</span> <span m='81380'>appeal</span> <span m='81874'>to it.</span> <span m='82368'>Or I</span> <span m='82862'>could</span> <span m='83850'>work as a</span> <span m='84344'>journalist</span> <span m='84838'>and have</span> <span m='85332'>just a</span> <span m='85826'>constant</span> <span m='86320'>brush with</span> <span m='86814'>culture,</span> <span m='87802'>which I</span> <span m='88296'>really</span> <span m='88790'>enjoyed.</span> </p><p><span m='90272'>So</span> <span m='90766'>rather than</span> <span m='91260'>actually getting a</span> <span m='91754'>degree in</span> <span m='92248'>photography,</span> <span m='92742'>I went ahead</span> <span m='93236'>and I got a</span> <span m='93730'>degree</span> <span m='94224'>in</span> <span m='94718'>journalism</span> <span m='95706'>at</span> <span m='96200'>a</span> <span m='96694'>university that</span> <span m='97188'>had a really</span> <span m='97682'>solid photo</span> <span m='98176'>program.</span> <span m='99164'>So I</span> <span m='99658'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='100152'>as a</span> <span m='100646'>journalist,</span> <span m='101634'>but</span> <span m='102622'>as I</span> <span m='103116'>went through the</span> <span m='103660'>program,</span> <span m='103990'>I did enough</span> <span m='104320'>research and</span> <span m='104595'>work</span> <span m='104870'>on</span> <span m='105140'>the</span> <span m='105340'>side through</span> <span m='105840'>that</span> <span m='106826'>to</span> <span m='107319'>get enough</span> <span m='107812'>photography,</span> <span m='108305'>so that when</span> <span m='108798'>I came into</span> <span m='109291'>the market</span> <span m='109784'>when I was</span> <span m='110277'>younger,</span> <span m='110770'>I went</span> <span m='111756'>straight to</span> <span m='112249'>work as</span> <span m='112742'>a</span> <span m='113235'>photographer.</span> </p><p><span m='114221'>I never</span> <span m='114714'>did any</span> <span m='115207'>writing until</span> <span m='115700'>I started</span> <span m='116193'>doing</span> <span m='116686'>magazine work</span> <span m='117179'>in recent</span> <span m='117672'>years.</span> <span m='122602'>What do you</span> <span m='123095'>wish you knew</span> <span m='123588'>when you started</span> <span m='124081'>your career?</span> <span m='129504'>One of</span> <span m='129997'>the things</span> <span m='130490'>that</span> <span m='131969'>was a</span> <span m='132462'>constant</span> <span m='132955'>surprise</span> <span m='133448'>when I</span> <span m='133941'>started my</span> <span m='134434'>career</span> <span m='135470'>was</span> <span m='136720'>the</span> <span m='137200'>busy-ness</span> <span m='137680'>of it.</span> <span m='138640'>Smaller</span> <span m='139120'>newspapers</span> <span m='139600'>might</span> <span m='140080'>have you</span> <span m='140560'>covering</span> <span m='141040'>six or</span> <span m='141520'>seven</span> <span m='142000'>assignments a</span> <span m='142480'>day.</span> <span m='143920'>Larger</span> <span m='144400'>newspapers,</span> <span m='144880'>they just</span> <span m='145360'>expect</span> <span m='145840'>more out</span> <span m='146320'>of you</span> <span m='146800'>in the</span> <span m='147280'>time</span> <span m='147760'>that you're</span> <span m='148075'>on</span> <span m='148390'>assignment.</span> </p><p><span m='148960'>They</span> <span m='149448'>give you</span> <span m='149936'>fewer jobs,</span> <span m='150912'>but</span> <span m='151400'>they expect</span> <span m='151888'>more out of</span> <span m='152376'>you.</span> <span m='153352'>Beyond</span> <span m='153840'>that,</span> <span m='154330'>the</span> <span m='154530'>talent</span> <span m='154680'>that your</span> <span m='154800'>writer is</span> <span m='155290'>going to</span> <span m='155695'>see is</span> <span m='156100'>what</span> <span m='156597'>comes in the</span> <span m='157094'>images.</span> <span m='158585'>Being</span> <span m='159082'>able to</span> <span m='159579'>find a</span> <span m='160076'>nice</span> <span m='160573'>composition</span> <span m='161070'>that's going</span> <span m='161567'>to convey</span> <span m='162064'>something,</span> <span m='162561'>being able</span> <span m='163058'>to</span> <span m='163555'>find lighting</span> <span m='164052'>that's</span> <span m='164549'>nice.</span> <span m='165046'>Just</span> <span m='165543'>look</span> <span m='166040'>at all the</span> <span m='166537'>parameters</span> <span m='167531'>the</span> <span m='168028'>videographer</span> <span m='168525'>has set up</span> <span m='169022'>here.</span> <span m='170016'>You've got a</span> <span m='170513'>fairly</span> <span m='171010'>simple</span> <span m='171507'>background,</span> <span m='172004'>lights</span> <span m='172501'>reflecting</span> <span m='172998'>up off the</span> <span m='173495'>floor</span> <span m='173992'>[INAUDIBLE].</span> </p><p><span m='175010'>One</span> <span m='175120'>side</span> <span m='175410'>of my</span> <span m='175700'>face</span> <span m='175900'>has</span> <span m='176070'>some</span> <span m='176250'>shadow</span> <span m='176670'>on it,</span> <span m='176690'>but I</span> <span m='177060'>don't</span> <span m='177430'>expect</span> <span m='177620'>it's too</span> <span m='178117'>dark.</span> <span m='178614'>The other</span> <span m='179111'>side of</span> <span m='179608'>my face</span> <span m='180105'>is</span> <span m='180602'>nice and</span> <span m='181099'>lit.</span> <span m='181596'>And it's finding</span> <span m='182093'>that</span> <span m='182590'>balance,</span> <span m='183087'>having the</span> <span m='183584'>common sense</span> <span m='184081'>to not</span> <span m='184578'>photograph</span> <span m='185075'>somebody</span> <span m='185572'>who's</span> <span m='186069'>either</span> <span m='186566'>backlit</span> <span m='187063'>against a</span> <span m='187560'>window,</span> <span m='188057'>or just</span> <span m='188554'>throwing your</span> <span m='189051'>camera straight</span> <span m='189548'>at people</span> <span m='190045'>who are</span> <span m='191039'>always</span> <span m='191536'>continuously</span> <span m='192033'>in the</span> <span m='192530'>sunshine.</span> <span m='193027'>So bringing</span> <span m='193524'>that</span> <span m='194021'>diversity</span> <span m='194518'>to your</span> <span m='195015'>images,</span> <span m='195512'>as minor</span> <span m='196009'>as that</span> <span m='196506'>sounds, is</span> <span m='197003'>really a good thing.</span> <span m='197500'>It helps</span> <span m='198020'>the</span> <span m='198365'>paper</span> <span m='198710'>have</span> <span m='199010'>diversity.</span> </p>","file":{"id":290693,"video_id":"2705302173001","name":"1150-PhotoJournalist1","duration":200551,"thumbnail_url":null}});