Alexis flirting with Rob at the reception. Just kidding. He's not her type. This is Wilma, she is on staff at National Geographic. She's rubbery.
Wednesday September 21, 2011
So we are about half way through the trip, and so far I am enjoying, learning, experiencing, and bonding with classmates so much more than I did in NYC. I think this trip has helped us all not only in getting some insight into some of these big news/media organizations, but it has also allowed us to get to know one another a little bit better.
National Geographic-Ken Geiger Our first stop was National Geographic. And....by that, I mean our first stop was just about every aspiring photographer and photojournalist's dream job headquarters.We met with Ken Geiger, an RIT alumni and the Deputy Director of Photography. Geiger explained the difficulties of getting your foot in the door because of how competitive our field it. National Geographic usually hires established photographers, people that have been in the business, who know what they are doing, and who do it very well.
AP Washington-David Ake We met with Assistant Chief of the AP Washington Bureau, David Ake as well as AP photographers, Charlie Dharapak, and Jacquelyn Martin. At the AP, we learned the importance of video, and how it's changing the way photojournalists will tell stories. We also learned how very important it is to carry a camera everywhere you go. You never know what's going to happen. It will be the day that you forget it or leave it behind that something will happen, something that would have made an incredible photograph, one that could possibly set you apart from others. Having the camera with you all the time isn't the only important part of this pj thing. You have to know how to use it as well!
Here's a few of David Ake's tips on getting employed; -Hustle, hustle really hard -skill isn't everything -have good journalistic values -be curious, always -know what is going on around you -understand the news of the day -"You really have to want to do this. It's 50% of the reason I will hire you, the other 50% is skill." -get in the door by running cards for me, emailing me, sending me photos -have good work ethic -hustle! -be assertive and dedicated -stick to it -always keep your lens up -be focused
That may sound like a lot of tips and hard work, but I think with time and effort, it's definitely doable.
The rest of the time at the AP was spent speaking with the photographers and having our portfolios viewed. It was extremely helpful to have our work viewed by people who are in the field.
Internships are important, especially before taking a job. They help an aspiring photojournalist to grow and develop not only as a person, but their photographic work as well.
Internship tips -keep applying -must be dedicated -persevere -hometown internships are good -plan ahead
Photos I thought I heard this enough during a video workshop I took, but I guess it goes for photos too. I need to shoot wide, medium, and tight. All the time. I will work on that.
AARP is not just an old people magazine, like I kind of thought it was. It's pretty cool actually. They do all sorts of stories and multimedia pieces. Although their demographics is the 50+ age group, the stories are meant for anyone to read.
Their slogan(for their lifestyle magazine) is "feel great, save money, and have fun."