Photojournalism: Telling Stories Through Photos

As defined by Wikipedia.org, Photojournalism is a particular form of journalism (the collecting, editing, and presenting of news material for publication or broadcast) that employs images in order to tell a news story. It is now usually understood to refer only to still images, but in some cases the term also refers to video used in broadcast journalism. Photojournalism is distinguished from other close branches of photography (e.g., documentary photography, social documentary photography, street photography or celebrity photography) by complying with a rigid ethical framework which demands that the work be both honest and impartial whilst telling the story in strictly journalistic terms. Photojournalists create pictures that contribute to the news media, and help communities connect with one other. Photojournalists must be well informed and knowledgeable about events happening right outside their door. They deliver news in a creative format that is not only informative, but also entertaining.

For me, photojournalism is a new way of photography but with a challenge of telling a story for the photo you just captured, it isn’t just having a creative shot that makes people wow and appreciate the beauty of your shot. Photojournalism combines both photography and journalism to tell a certain news or topic surrounding the captured photo. It does not just express expressions but rather delivers the viewer a message that he/she needs to be informed.

You don’t need an expensive camera to become a photojournalist, rather you need passion for what you are doing, you also need the guts and the boldness in order to serve your duty as a photojournalist and tell the people the story behind the photo.

Post by: Torres, Jose Emmanuel T. of 11 – Guerrero

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