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Better photography NOW!


Look at the pile of student newspapers on the exchange tables at the next National College Media Convention. I predict that the No. 1 characteristic of the “bad” papers you see will be bad photography. This is especially sad because you don’t need to be an experienced photographer to make immediate improvements.

Disclosure: I came of age when a reporter (me) almost never was asked to take a photo. When it comes to recognizing bad photography, I identify with Justice Potter Stewart‘s famous description of pornography: “I know it when I see it.” But I’ve learned in recent years that student news organizations now have the advantage of novice-ready cameras and, more importantly, wonderful online resources to improve technique.

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