A great journalist cares about people and the ideal world. A great journalist can approach a topic as vast as the universe and make it simple and interesting to even a child with little understanding. I have studied Journalist reviews and came to realise that writing on paper word has power. With skill, reporters can expose the dark deeds of the world and bring them into the light.
Photojournalism destroys almost all barriers. Justice can draw its sword in the time it takes an eye to scan an image. An image has no age, language or intelligence limits. A journalist tells stories. A photographer takes pictures of nouns (people, places and things). A photojournalist takes the best of both and locks it into the most powerful medium available which are frozen images. Photojournalists capture “verbs.” Although photojournalists can take properly exposed and well composed photographs all day long, they hunt verbs. A photojournalist has thousands of pairs of eyes looking over his shoulder constantly. The readers are insistent: “What are they doing?” “What did you see?” and “What happened?”.Peoples eyes want to know what they missed.
A photojournalist is a visual reporter of facts. The public places trust in its reporters to tell the truth. The same trust is extended to photojournalists as visual reporters. This responsibility is paramount to a photojournalist. At all times, we have many thousands of people seeing through our eyes and expecting to see the truth. Most people immediately understand an image.
In today’s world of grocery store tabloids and digital manipulation of images, the photojournalist must still tell the truth. The photojournalist constantly hunts for the images of verbs , which tell of the day to day struggles and accomplishments of its community. These occurrences happen naturally. There is no need to set up reality. There is no need to lie to a community that bestows its trust. In a nutshell: If a photojournalist isn’t going to fake a fire or a street stabbing scene, why would he set up ‘person A’ giving ‘person B’ an object (award, check, trophy etc.) The photojournalist simply wants to hang around, be forgotten and wait for the right moment to capture it.
Like the police officer or firefighter, the photojournalist’s concern is his community even if that means sacrificing comfort or life. Many photojournalists die every year in the process of collecting visual information, which lets the public know of atrocities, dangers and the mundane.