Posts Tagged ‘freelance’

Here are several reasons we’re doing this whole project:

  1. We know that there are good stories surrounding the Romanian orphanages, stories that need to be heard.
  2. We have a contact that can introduce us to the people there (and Sommer’s already met some of them).
  3. We received some financial help from SMU. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have the funds to do a project of this magnitude.
  4. This experience will be invaluable no matter what happens. We will be better journalists by the end of it, even if everything goes wrong once we get there. I’ve already learned a lot, and we haven’t even left! Experience really is the best learning tool.
  5. We love to travel.
  6. We hope to get our names out there and network. Maybe there’s even a job in our future (I can dream, right?). At the very least, we’ll take a “I need a reporter/photographer an assignment. What about those girls that went to Romania? I wonder what they’re up to…”
  7. We would like to get published in major publications, too (a common goal among journalists). Can you say crash course in freelancing?
  8. It will be fun.
  9. Why not?

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My National Press Photographers Association’s News Photographer magazine came in the mail today. I always love looking through it, but this month’s issue is especially relevant. The cover story, written by Alisa Booze Troetschel, is about shooting for NGOs (non-governmental agencies).

Troetschel interviews a few photogs that have worked extensively with NGOs. The article was informative, but I especially like the teaser on the first page that reads, “Many photojournalists want to use their talents as storytellers to make a difference in people’s lives. But opportunities to delve into an issue sometimes sink to the bottom of priority lists in the current ‘do more with less’ newspaper environment, and it’s a challenge to devise a financially viable project while working as a freelancer.”

I think this perfectly sums up one of the many conflicts that journalists face today. I know that one of the reasons I decided to pursue photojournalism instead of commercial photography is because I wanted to use my skill to shine light on societal issues. If my photos bring attention to a problem, my work has more meaning.

And Troetschel hits the nail on the head when she talks about how hard it is to make these projects financially feasible for freelancers. Sommer and I are struggling to put together enough money for our two-week trip. That said, I’m so glad that we are able to do a project of this magnitude with the assistance of our grant from SMU that was made possible after a sizable donation from the Meadows Foundation. Without the grant, none of this would even be possible.


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