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Randy Thieben: What Is Photojournalism?

The owner of Central Coast Uplink, broadcasting professional Randy Thieben possesses 20 years of experience in field and studio broadcasting. He received his first formal training in art photography and photojournalism. As Randy Thieben well knows, photojournalism is a form of visual storytelling. It weds journalism, which involves gathering and disseminating news stories, with photography, using images to document and convey events, occurrences, and news. A photojournalist is essentially a reporter with a camera, going out to capture newsworthy events and experiences on film and conveying them to an audience in a truthful and credible manner.

Photojournalism is a good career for people who enjoy excitement and fast-paced work. A successful photojournalist must be quick on his feet, persistent, and fearless. While a formal education is not strictly necessary in order to jumpstart a career in photojournalism, many journalism schools offer programs that equip aspiring photojournalists with the skills required to be successful. These programs combine photography classes with journalism courses and specialized ethics training.

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