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Posts by Kenneth Irby

About Kenneth Irby

Kenny founded Poynter's photojournalism program in 1995. He teaches in seminars and consults in areas of photojournalism, leadership, ethics and diversity.
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Digital Camera Scores Big Points with Newspapers

Do believe the hype! Super Bowl XXXIV, the first of the 21st century, produced exciting entertainment and tremendous digital photography advances. Professional photographers equipped with filmless cameras transmitted hundreds of images around the world within minutes. For many, the age of the ditcams (digital cameras), dumping over ISDN (high-speed Internet connections) en masse, dawned at 6:53 p.m. Read More
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Taking Convergence to Another Level

Once a month for the past six months, WFLA-TV and Tampa Tribune staffers have gathered to trade craft tips and techniques at a gathering hosted by the station’s photojournalists. The name of the session is apt, given their new relationship as media partners: "Another Level." Photo by Kenny Irby Todd … Read More
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What would you do?

This photo of a police officer shining his light on victim ran on the front page of the Panama City News Herald. The original cutline read, "Panama City police officers found the bodies of Carroll and Melba Williams outside the 610 E. Fourth Court house, and a critically wounded suspect inside. Read More
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When Disturbing Photos Run

Two days after a 7-month-old baby girl is reported missing, her father leads police to a vacant lot where her tiny body is found wrapped in a plastic bag. Read More
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Publishing Frozen Moments

People fell from burning towers. Their images have become icons of the awful human tragedy that occurred in Lower Manhattan when terrorists plunged airliners into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. For photojournalists and picture editors, the storytelling form is icon. But which photos? Which icons? They must make agonizing choices among horrible photographs. Read More
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Chicago Tribune Draws a Line: Refuses to Publish Photographs

The Chicago Tribune chose not to publish work by a staff photographer who entered the site of the collapsed World Trade Center while wearing a Chicago Fire Department T-shirt. Bill Parker, the paper's associate managing editor for photography, told Poynter.org that photographer John Smierciak got a ride from Chicago to New York with a volunteer unit of the Chicago … Read More
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When The Visual Reality Hurts

It's tough being the messenger on the day after a terrible event, an event so many have looked at in so many ways. We hear it all the time: The media, in this case newspapers, have a democratic duty to inform and educate the community. In newsrooms around the world, hard decisions are being made about … Read More
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From Perfection to a Roll of the Dice

At 1 a.m. on Wednesday -- after a 15-hour day - the veteran Newsday picture editor is numb. After all, this Tuesday was supposed to be a routine primary election day in Queens, following the pattern of a daily coverage plan in place the night before. "We had six or so photographers planned to be in various places," … Read More
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One Man's Path to Historic Photo: Persistence and a Lift on a Tug

Firefighters Dan McWilliams of Long Island and George Johnson of Rockaway Beach (both from Ladder 157) and Billy Eisengrein of Staten Island (Rescue 2) raise the flag amid the debris of the World Trade Center. Thomas E. Franklin / The RecordIt was late afternoon on Sept. 11, about nine hours after the first plane hit the first tower, … Read More
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In Times Like These

Listening to the National Public Radio this morning, the image in my mind was one that I had seen before. I could see the billowing black smoke from the World Trade Center Towers. The image was in my mind, and the headline would be "Attack on America Again." When I dropped my youngest daughter, Kara, off at school … Read More
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Ken Irby's Commentary on the Louisville Case

The moment that Louisville Courier-Journal staff photographer James H. Wallace started working on the Deja Vu dance club story, the debate began. "How do we tell this story tastefully and truthfully," Wallace pondered. Not knowing at the time whether this story would be featured on the front or inside of the newspaper, the 12-year veteran photojournalist … Read More
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