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PHOTOJOURNALIST, IN-DEPTH: Demand For Work Still High But Job Has Changed Considerably

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Chris, a Photojournalist, describes what he likes about his job, its challenges, and how hard it is to find work in his field. With the advent of digital, the field is completely different. It used to be you'd take one photo per story, now you take 20, and must quickly move on to the next assignment. Still, the industry will always need intelligent and hard-working people with a great sense of light and composition.

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

Quick Facts

Average salary
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, Irregular, Flexible, Long hours
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Home, Indoor, Office, Travel, Outdoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Artistic, Creativity, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Networking, People skills, Public speaking ability

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
Bachelor's degree
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m='16460'>challenging</span> <span m='16860'>is</span> <span m='17220'>taking something</span> <span m='17500'>you</span> <span m='17780'>see</span> <span m='18268'>continuously,</span> <span m='18756'>and</span> <span m='19244'>presenting</span> <span m='19732'>it in a</span> <span m='20220'>new way,</span> <span m='20708'>getting</span> <span m='21196'>it out there</span> <span m='21684'>so</span> <span m='22172'>that</span> <span m='22660'>you're</span> <span m='23148'>viewing</span> <span m='23636'>audience,</span> <span m='24124'>whoever they</span> <span m='24612'>might be,</span> <span m='25100'>will</span> <span m='25588'>be able to</span> <span m='26076'>see it,</span> <span m='26564'>recognize</span> <span m='27052'>it, get</span> <span m='27540'>something out</span> <span m='28028'>of it.</span> <span m='28516'>And they don't</span> <span m='29004'>feel like they're</span> <span m='29492'>looking</span> <span m='30000'>at the</span> <span m='30050'>same old</span> <span m='30340'>thing</span> <span m='30780'>over and</span> <span m='31279'>over.</span> <span m='32776'>Press</span> <span m='33275'>conferences</span> <span m='33774'>are a big</span> <span m='34273'>deal.</span> </p><p><span m='35271'>You</span> <span m='35770'>photograph a</span> <span m='36269'>lot of them,</span> <span m='37267'>and it</span> <span m='37766'>takes a</span> <span m='38265'>lot to go into</span> <span m='38764'>a press conference</span> <span m='39263'>in a</span> <span m='39762'>building,</span> <span m='40261'>in</span> <span m='40760'>a</span> <span m='41259'>room</span> <span m='41758'>where you</span> <span m='42257'>photograph</span> <span m='42756'>frequently the</span> <span m='43255'>same people over</span> <span m='43754'>and over,</span> <span m='44752'>and come</span> <span m='45251'>up with</span> <span m='45750'>something</span> <span m='46249'>interesting and</span> <span m='46748'>different.</span> <span m='48245'>So,</span> <span m='48744'>tenacity is</span> <span m='49243'>really,</span> <span m='49742'>really important.</span> <span m='55231'>Getting</span> <span m='55730'>into</span> <span m='56229'>photojournalism</span> <span m='56728'>right now</span> <span m='57227'>is</span> <span m='58225'>a little</span> <span m='58724'>more difficult</span> <span m='59223'>than it used</span> <span m='59722'>to be.</span> <span m='60720'>Newspapers,</span> <span m='62217'>as</span> <span m='62716'>newspapers</span> <span m='63215'>in and</span> <span m='63714'>of themselves</span> <span m='64213'>exist,</span> <span m='64712'>are</span> <span m='65211'>going away.</span> </p><p><span m='66708'>They're slowly</span> <span m='67207'>vanishing.</span> <span m='68704'>Big</span> <span m='69270'>cities</span> <span m='69660'>like</span> <span m='69920'>Chicago,</span> <span m='71400'>Detroit,</span> <span m='71890'>New York,</span> <span m='72380'>so</span> <span m='72870'>forth,</span> <span m='73850'>their papers</span> <span m='74340'>are fading</span> <span m='74830'>away,</span> <span m='75320'>and</span> <span m='77280'>most of</span> <span m='77770'>them are in</span> <span m='78260'>bankruptcy</span> <span m='78750'>right now.</span> <span m='79240'>And it's</span> <span m='79730'>been very, very</span> <span m='80220'>difficult.</span> <span m='81690'>The</span> <span m='82180'>onslaught</span> <span m='82670'>of digital</span> <span m='83160'>media in</span> <span m='83650'>the past</span> <span m='84140'>20 years</span> <span m='84630'>is</span> <span m='85120'>just</span> <span m='85610'>really taking</span> <span m='86100'>a toll</span> <span m='86590'>on</span> <span m='87080'>what we</span> <span m='87570'>do with</span> <span m='88060'>journalists.</span> </p><p><span m='91010'>So</span> <span m='91270'>while</span> <span m='91530'>the newspaper</span> <span m='91800'>is going</span> <span m='91930'>away,</span> <span m='92375'>and a lot</span> <span m='92820'>of people</span> <span m='93319'>in the industry</span> <span m='93818'>are just</span> <span m='94317'>going,</span> <span m='94816'>oh, it's</span> <span m='95315'>all community</span> <span m='95814'>journalism,</span> <span m='96313'>and</span> <span m='96812'>people with</span> <span m='97311'>iPhones,</span> <span m='97810'>it's like, well,</span> <span m='98808'>the</span> <span m='99307'>low end,</span> <span m='99806'>crappy stuff</span> <span m='100305'>is going to</span> <span m='100804'>be that.</span> <span m='102310'>But</span> <span m='104291'>that</span> <span m='104782'>doesn't</span> <span m='105273'>[INAUDIBLE]</span> <span m='106255'>there</span> <span m='106750'>isn't still</span> <span m='107190'>a</span> <span m='107475'>need</span> <span m='107760'>for</span> <span m='108228'>intelligent</span> <span m='109164'>to be</span> <span m='109632'>out there</span> <span m='110100'>who have</span> <span m='110568'>a</span> <span m='111040'>sense</span> <span m='111210'>of</span> <span m='111390'>light</span> <span m='111530'>and</span> <span m='111900'>composition,</span> <span m='112714'>and</span> <span m='114046'>the</span> <span m='114490'>intellectual</span> <span m='114640'>means</span> <span m='114920'>to put</span> <span m='115275'>those</span> <span m='115630'>two to</span> <span m='116127'>use,</span> <span m='117121'>and make</span> <span m='117618'>interesting</span> <span m='118115'>photographs.</span> <span m='120600'>The</span> <span m='121097'>way that</span> <span m='121594'>it would have been</span> <span m='122091'>in the past,</span> <span m='122588'>obviously,</span> <span m='123085'>to portray</span> <span m='123582'>that would be</span> <span m='124079'>to</span> <span m='125073'>get it</span> <span m='125570'>into a</span> <span m='126067'>newspaper.</span> </p><p><span m='127061'>But</span> <span m='127558'>now</span> <span m='128055'>the venues</span> <span m='128552'>are</span> <span m='129049'>dramatically</span> <span m='129546'>different,</span> <span m='130043'>you know?</span> <span m='130540'>It's largely</span> <span m='131037'>online,</span> <span m='131534'>a lot of</span> <span m='132031'>it needs to</span> <span m='132528'>have enough</span> <span m='133025'>impact, so that</span> <span m='133522'>it can be</span> <span m='134019'>interpreted</span> <span m='134516'>over someone's</span> <span m='135510'>smartphone.</span> <span m='137498'>And</span> <span m='138492'>also, there</span> <span m='138989'>are different</span> <span m='139486'>ways we can</span> <span m='139983'>do it.</span> <span m='140480'>It used to</span> <span m='140977'>typically be a</span> <span m='141474'>single photograph</span> <span m='141971'>per</span> <span m='142468'>assignment.</span> <span m='143462'>Now</span> <span m='143959'>what's called</span> <span m='144456'>a</span> <span m='144953'>photo story</span> <span m='146444'>has become</span> <span m='146941'>far more</span> <span m='147438'>common.</span> <span m='148432'>There are</span> <span m='148929'>programs like</span> <span m='149426'>Slideshow</span> <span m='150917'>that</span> <span m='151911'>will help</span> <span m='152408'>you put up</span> <span m='152905'>15 or</span> <span m='153402'>20</span> <span m='153899'>stories, along</span> <span m='154396'>with an</span> <span m='154893'>interview.</span> </p><p><span m='155390'>I'm sorry, 15</span> <span m='155887'>or 20 still</span> <span m='156384'>photos,</span> <span m='156881'>along</span> <span m='157378'>with an</span> <span m='157875'>interview</span> <span m='158869'>to help</span> <span m='159366'>explain something.</span> <span m='160370'>And then on</span> <span m='160810'>top of that,</span> <span m='161300'>if you</span> <span m='161790'>want, there's</span> <span m='162000'>live action</span> <span m='162260'>video.</span> <span m='162754'>And</span> <span m='163742'>photographers</span> <span m='164236'>are being</span> <span m='164730'>asked</span> <span m='165224'>to do</span> <span m='165718'>all of</span> <span m='166212'>those things</span> <span m='166706'>in</span> <span m='167200'>most of</span> <span m='167694'>their</span> <span m='168188'>assignments</span> <span m='168682'>now.</span> <span m='169180'>So</span> <span m='169660'>the demand</span> <span m='169770'>for work</span> <span m='170030'>is a</span> <span m='170516'>lot</span> <span m='171002'>higher</span> <span m='171488'>from</span> <span m='171974'>the</span> <span m='172460'>photographer,</span> <span m='173432'>but</span> <span m='174404'>you</span> <span m='174890'>were</span> <span m='175376'>never sent</span> <span m='175862'>into the darkroom</span> <span m='176348'>to work the</span> <span m='176834'>last three</span> <span m='177320'>hours of</span> <span m='177806'>your shift.</span> <span m='178778'>It's</span> <span m='179264'>a lot</span> <span m='179750'>easier.</span> </p><p><span m='180236'>They</span> <span m='180722'>spread the</span> <span m='181208'>workload in</span> <span m='181694'>different ways.</span> <span m='182180'>So</span> <span m='183152'>you</span> <span m='183650'>spend</span> <span m='183870'>more</span> <span m='184160'>time in the</span> <span m='184450'>field, which</span> <span m='184946'>is nice,</span> <span m='185442'>but</span> <span m='185938'>also, you</span> <span m='186434'>go through that</span> <span m='186930'>difficulty of</span> <span m='187426'>changing</span> <span m='187922'>gears</span> <span m='188914'>from one</span> <span m='189410'>assignment</span> <span m='189906'>to the next.</span> <span m='190898'>And that</span> <span m='191394'>can</span> <span m='191890'>be</span> <span m='192882'>challenging.</span> </p><p><span m='193874'>And</span> <span m='194370'>going</span> <span m='194866'>from</span> <span m='196850'>a</span> <span m='197346'>project where</span> <span m='197842'>you just</span> <span m='198338'>photograph</span> <span m='198834'>somebody</span> <span m='199330'>who</span> <span m='199826'>had</span> <span m='200322'>a loved one</span> <span m='200818'>die of</span> <span m='201314'>cancer,</span> <span m='201810'>and talk</span> <span m='202306'>with them</span> <span m='202802'>for a half</span> <span m='203298'>hour or</span> <span m='203794'>hour,</span> <span m='204290'>photographing</span> <span m='204786'>them, and</span> <span m='205310'>going</span> <span m='205620'>from</span> <span m='205930'>that to</span> <span m='206340'>something</span> <span m='206730'>where</span> <span m='207420'>it's</span> <span m='207900'>a</span> <span m='208160'>children's</span> <span m='208330'>party,</span> <span m='208804'>and</span> <span m='209278'>they're</span> <span m='209752'>celebrating</span> <span m='210700'>opening</span> <span m='211174'>a new</span> <span m='211648'>wing at a</span> <span m='212122'>library.</span> <span m='213544'>It's</span> <span m='214020'>kind of</span> <span m='214325'>hard to</span> <span m='214630'>go from</span> <span m='214930'>A to B,</span> <span m='215230'>and that's</span> <span m='215530'>something</span> <span m='215830'>you</span> <span m='216130'>do</span> <span m='217330'>virtually</span> <span m='217630'>every</span> <span m='217930'>day</span> <span m='218230'>as a</span> <span m='218530'>journalist.</span> </p>","file":{"id":290692,"video_id":"2705079599001","name":"1151-PhotoJournalist2","duration":219917,"thumbnail_url":null}});