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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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