Teaching Examples

People who love photography and people who love stories
January 17, 2007, 1:12 pm
Filed under: journalism, online, photography, photojournalism, video

Rob Finch “made the transition recently from being a bad-ass photojournalist to [becoming] the first at his paper to embrace video and figure things out as far as the direction he’d like to see it go,” writes Melissa Lyttle, who is a bad-ass photojournalist herself — and the driving power behind A Photo a Day.

In APAD’s first long-form interview, Finch said:

My advice is that we all must embrace change. Don’t push video/audio/whatever away. Celebrate what it can do. There are two specific camps of people in our still picture world. There are people who love photography and there are people who love to tell stories. People who love photography only for the act of photography might have some trouble in the future assuming they want to work at a media outlet. Those who want to tell stories have a bright future….

I don’t think we can think of ourselves of photographers anymore. If that is what you believe your job is, I don’t think you will have a job for very long. We need to put content first and then come up with the best way to tell that story, in multiple forms.

Read the full interview with Finch at APAD.

Finch was named POYi Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 2003.

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