Top 10 things a small town photojournalist can depend on

  1. At least 1 assignment a week featuring a kid or a dog, sometimes 1 with both
  2. Having too many assignments one week and not enough the next week
  3. Getting asked what TV station I work for while on assignment
  4. Shooting high school sports with my 5 year old camera next to a parent with a EOS 1D Mark IV
  5. A 1200 square mile coverage area with one staff photographer/photo editor/videographer/rented mule
  6. Shooting a business profile portrait of someone who doesn’t want to be photographed
  7. Explaining to a reader why we don’t cover Junior Varsity teams
  8. Being first to cover breaking news but having no way to transmit
  9. Publishing a week old assignment on the front page
  10. Answering, “yes, we actually have a website.”

3 thoughts on “Top 10 things a small town photojournalist can depend on

  1. Numbers 4, 6 and 7 can’t be said enough…even for a big-town photojournalist. As for number 6 specifically….I love it when they expect high-fashion photos from a woman who only makes the products and who doesnt even smile for the first 50 min because she is convinced that her perfect teeth dont produce a perfect smile….hire a model if you want the shoot to go well, Signature….all I’m sayin, haha. And the number 7 parent should talk to the number 4 parent…either way…still wouldnt trade photojournalism for the world…and I KNOW you wouldnt either!

  2. haha, well if you had $200 million you could buy it back along with your own string of papers with your own staff of bright-eyed bushy-tailed 20-30 year old’s full of motivation to leave their desks once in a while….so more power to ya, haha. AND as a bonus, you could stay until printing every night to make damned sure that your photos play out the way they’re supposed to. yup yup!

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