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Organizing photo staff


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A session presented at the Associated Collegiate Press convention in San Francisco in 2017. ©2017 Bradley Wilson

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Organizing photo staff

  1. 1. A D V I S E R S A N D P H O T O J O U R N A L I S T S : T H E TA N G O © 2 0 1 7 B R A D L E Y W I L S O N , P H . D M I D W E S T E R N S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y
  2. 2. O R G A N I Z AT I O N A L C H A R T Do photographers answer to photo editor or editor? Do photographers work for more than one media? Who gives assignments? Who is in charge of discipline? Who checks out gear?
  3. 3. 5
  4. 4. Being a photojournalist is not work.
 Find something you love to do,
 and you’ll never work a day in your life.
  5. 5. J O B D E S C R I P T I O N S • Director of photography, photo editor, photographer, freelance • Administrative vs. shooter
  6. 6. All staff photographers must: 1. have a 2.00 minimum GPA 2. be full-time students 3. regularly attend training and critique sessions 4. attend weekly assignment meetings 5. maintain an enthusiastic interest in photojournalism and learning about all aspects of the field. It is NOT a requirement that staff members have their own equipment
  7. 7. You’re a reporter. Spend three minutes 
 getting to know the people 
 and two minutes taking their picture.
  8. 8. Captions. Are the responsibility of the photographer. It’s part of the job description.
  9. 9. A S S I G N M E N T S •Who gives assignments? •When are assignments given? •What does an assignment entail? •Who handles emergency work (spot news)?
  10. 10. Three ways to get assignments 1. Actively taking a written assignment 2. Agreeing to take a photo 3. Finding good action shots to take without being “told” to take them
  11. 11. Step One: Shoot the photos Step Two: Download images Step Three: Cut the crap Step Four: Cull (with a partner) Step Five: Basic editing Step Six: Caption Step Seven: Copy to server Step Eight: Backup raw images Step Nine: Delete raw images.
  12. 12. ©
  13. 13. C O P Y R I G H T OWNERSHIP OF IMAGES In accordance with Student Media policy and the work-for-hire clauses of the United States Copyright Law, Student Media owns all images taken on assignment for the Student Media. This does NOT prevent a student photographer from taking pictures on their own, using their own equipment, for profit. It does NOT prevent a student photographer from publishing photos they have taken on their own Web site for portfolio or contest purposes or otherwise displaying them for portfolio or contest purposes. It DOES prevent a photographer from releasing any photos taken while on assignment from Student Media – as indicated above – before they are published (or refused publication) in the Student Media. The Student Media retains exclusive rights to publish in any form photographs taken while on assignment or published in a student media for a period of 18 months. After that, the photographer and Student Media share copyright and both may publish as desired.
  14. 14. SmugMug, launched in 2002, enables users to sell their photographs online. It’s turnkey solution. You put photos online and user can buy them. 81 employees. Hundreds of thousands of ecstatic customers. 1,368,348,560 photos and counting.
  15. 15. P H O T O C R E D I T S FORM • For staff photo: Lauren Roberts / The Wichitan • For submitted photo: Photo contributed by Jack Doe, used with permission, ©2017 • For photo with Creative Commons license: Photo contributed by Sharon Newsom, CC2017 • For movie still: Photo by Ethan Pitzer, Paramount Studios, used with permission • For movie still: Photo by Sam Miller, used with permission • For movie still: Photo courtesy Paramount Studios, used with permission • For video clip: Video from “The Movie,” courtesy 20th Century Fox, used with permission
  16. 16. TYPES OF ASSIGNMENTS Feature News Spot news Sports Portraits/mug shots Photo illustration Studio/still life
  17. 17. Being a reporter is your excuse 
 to ask anyone any question any time 
 — without looking stupid.
  18. 18. R E WA R D S Gear | Access | Free meals Money | Awards | Credit Friends | Trips Fun
  19. 19. T O Y S
  20. 20. A C C E S S
  21. 21. F R E E F O O D
  22. 22. M O N E Y
  23. 23. A WA R D S
  24. 24. Photo by (name) or name/publication 
 or Staff photo by (name) Photo courtesy of (name) or Photo contributed by (name) or Photo by (name)/special to (publication) Photo illustration by (name) File photo by (name) Archive photo by (name) C R E D I T
  25. 25. T E S T I M O N I A L S “To this day, I still can’t tell you what did it. “I can’t elaborate on what drew me, an awkward engineering freshman, over to that corner in the ballroom, where a former editor stood waiting. “…Whatever the reason, I did wander over there. He did give me that pitch. I did write my first article. “And I’ve never been the same.” –TYLER DUKES, TESTIMONIAL
  27. 27. T E S T I M O N I A L S
  28. 28. Bradley Wilson ©2017 All photographs copyright the original photographers.