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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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The Art and Language of Photography: A Photojournalism Glossary

The following vocabulary list is not intended to make you a world-class photographer. However, it will help you understand the lingo of photojournalism and aid you when communicating with photographers. PHOTOJOURNALISM: is the craft of employing photographic storytelling to document life: it is universal and transcends cultural and language bounds. JUXTAPOSITION: the act of placing or positioning … Read More
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What's Missing in This Picture?

Photojournalists, your attention please. I want you to accept the following assignment: Survey your photo department or the attending press corps at your next assignment. What do you see? What kind of people dominate the pool? What’s the mix like? Take a few mental pictures. Create compositions. Read More
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Hot Tips for Writing Photo Captions

Photo captions are an integral part of newspaper storytelling, but they are often the most underdeveloped element in the mix of words, graphics, and photographs in a newspaper. A poorly executed caption can destroy the message of a photo or the story package of which it is part. The reader/viewer expects nothing less than accurate, complete, and informative information, including … Read More
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