SERRATAPHOTO: The Future of Photojournalism in the Newspaper Field
During my walks of life this year, I have to admit it's been different from years before. Back in Feb. wheen I was in Lake Placid, there was an athlete that come to find out that won the State Championship in downhill skiing. After contacting the regional newspaper from that area - it bit of surprised to come to find out that they weren't interested in a photograph of the athlete not winning it. What did they use instead? A file photograph a year ago of winning the State Championship. Now you may ask this - did I demand too much money for a picture? Trying to stay competitive - I only asked $25.00 for that one photograph. However, keep this in mind - a newspaper does have a budget and they may not be able to spend something they are not ready for. Later on this fall, there was a major demand for me when I asked in advance; because, I was going to be at the events. As long you keep people advance notice where you are going to be at - trust me, they will let you know if they are interested in your work. Besides photographing for the State, there were 4 different newspapers wanted me to freelance for them. There was also a time that I wasn't expecting making a trip up to Glens Falls, NY to cover a state volleyball event. Trust me, I have been very thankful of every opportunity that are given to me! I try my best to keep an eye on what is being published from newspapers and other media sources. On Nov. 5th, 2014, an article published by The Suffolk Journal stated that Suffolk University cut their photojournalism classes. It is still unknown if there will be other University or Colleges that will be cutting those courses in the near future. The National Press Photography Assoication (NPPA) does still show a couple job openings across the country. It's too bad that the American Society of News Editors doesn't show how many people are being hired as photographers. The current 2015 Census of those who reported the information - the current total work force is 32,900. Last year it was 36,700. As we get closer to 2016, it is a unknown future of Photojournalism in the newspaper field. I try my best to stay optimistic, I think that's all I can do at this time. Even with the near year coming up very soon - I still hope to talk to college students about this field. Even if it means - I may have to teach the basics of photography. I think the best question that was asked me this year, was during a photo assignment from a 5 year-old kid: "What's a picture?" I admit it's nice to know that kids love to learn what I do! So, I took the time to answer her question the best that I can. You have to understand, I'm trying to protect our future indurstry.
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