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AP honors photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus at funeral: ‘She found the quiet human moments’

The Associated Press

Photographer Anja Niedringhaus was remembered for "her ability to show compassion in the face of tragedy and her talent in offering direction to young photographers" at her funeral in Germany on Saturday. Niedringhaus was killed April 4 on assignment covering elections in Afghanistan. (more...)
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Reuters weighs into photo licensing with new e-commerce site

Reuters on Monday launched a new photo and video e-commerce site, Reuters Access, in a revenue bid that follows the likes of The Associated Press and Getty Images.

"While our large publishing customers across the globe will continue to enjoy enterprise-level access to our content coupled with unmatched client support and service, now smaller businesses can get Reuters award-winning photography and video via an easy to use, elegant, and self-service e-commerce solution," said Jason Fox, Reuters global head, product, technology and program management, in a news release.

The site is aimed at small and mid-sized customers, including bloggers and nonprofits. Fox explained by email that the images can be used for "editorial purposes only, such as news reporting, criticism or commentary on the subject of the photograph or video. Reuters Access photos and videos are not for commercial use, such as promotional, endorsement, advertising, merchandising, advertorials — basically in the promotion or sale of products and services." (more...)
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Custom camera-mounted device lets Toronto Star photographers file direct to live blog

The Canadian Journalism Project It's hard to file photos from Toronto's Air Canada Centre, Toronto Star visuals editor Taras Slawnych tells Mark Taylor: "There are lights around the arena and every time these neon lights and billboard signs go on it creates a lot of interference. Traditional ways of submitting with a WiFi card or some other way just didn’t work." So the Star built its own device, called AWAC -- for "Automated Web Access Coupling." It sits "on the hot shoe mount," Slawnych says, and "basically provides the Internet connection, the routing of it, and then sends the picture to an FTP site. There’s a (HTML) script here that handles it and then there’s another script that sends it to a ScribbleLive blog and the (Toronto Star) archive at the same time." Slawnych says he's not sure whether the Star will patent the device -- other reporters "are trying to figure out what the hell we’re doing," he says -- but did allow that it was 3-D printed and that the Star has spent about $2,500 developing it. The device solves a workflow problem other technical solutions to filing in the field don't, Slawnych says:
Traditional wire agencies have a whole bunch of things to do this as well. The problem is the traditional workflow. Let’s say it’s a wire photographer shooting the game like we did. He sends the picture, and he’s probably sending it just as fast as we are. The picture then goes to headquarters and is then put on the wires. There’s probably a minute delay, maybe 30 seconds even. The picture is then sent out to an FTP to newspapers around the world. Then you’ve got a processor from your archive that is picking up these shots every 30 seconds, every minute. To put that picture online, you have to publish that picture onto your pagination system and wait for it to appear there. That’s probably another 30 seconds and then you have to move it onto your online Content Management System, which is probably minimum 30 seconds. And that’s if everyone is watching everything and has the time to do that. So that’s at least two, three minutes if every step worked out perfectly, which I doubt because there’s going to be other pictures moving on the wire. The editor that’s pulling that picture might not be paying attention because he’s doing other stuff at the same time. Our picture, without anyone having to touch it here, is on our blog within 45 seconds.
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U.K. newspapers decide photographers aren’t necessary

HoldTheFrontPage | The Guardian
Johnston Press' newspapers in England's Midlands region will no longer have photographers, Helen Lambourne reports. A source tells Lambourne "the papers would instead rely on freelance photographers, along with increasing use of submitted pictures from readers and reporters taking photos on their phones."

In The Guardian, Roy Greenslade says concerns about quality probably won't be relevant "at local weekly newspaper level."
No event occurs - fires, fetes, road accidents, cats up trees, whatever - without someone being on hand to snap a picture. In the real sense of the word, newspaper photographers are therefore redundant.
Photographers "must surely recognise that their fate is due to a combination of the digital revolution and newspaper economics," Greenslade writes. "It does make sense."

Johnston Press owns newspapers throughout the U.K. Greenslade says he's heard reports that the company plans a similar move in Scotland. In 2012, Johnston Press eliminated the role of editor-in-chief at Edinburgh's The Scotsman, saying it wanted to create a "flatter, more efficient management structure." The company recently hired Jeff Moriarty from the Boston Globe in a top digital role.

Previously: Chicago Sun-Times lays off its photo staff
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Pro photographers remind lucky amateurs: Viral pictures have value

As soon as he took the picture, Janis Krums knew he had something. What he didn’t know is how much of a something he really had.

If Krums’ name sounds familiar, it’s because he took one of the most famous Read more

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AFP photographer on famous Obama ‘selfie’: ‘I didn’t see anything shocking in my viewfinder’

Agence France-Presse
"I guess it’s a sign of our times that somehow this image seemed to get more attention than the event itself," Roberto Schmidt says of his now-famous picture of President Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt taking a photo of themselves at Nelson Mandela's memorial service. After Obama spoke, Schmidt writes, he noticed him sitting with a woman "I wasn’t able to immediately identify": Thorning-Schmidt.
Anyway, suddenly this woman pulled out her mobile phone and took a photo of herself smiling with Cameron and the US president. I captured the scene reflexively. All around me in the stadium, South Africans were dancing, singing and laughing to honour their departed leader. It was more like a carnival atmosphere, not at all morbid. The ceremony had already gone on for two hours and would last another two. The atmosphere was totally relaxed – I didn’t see anything shocking in my viewfinder, president of the US or not. We are in Africa.
As to suggestions Michelle Obama was less than pleased with the president's antics: "photos can lie," Schmidt writes. "In reality, just a few seconds earlier the first lady was herself joking with those around her, Cameron and Schmidt included. Her stern look was captured by chance."
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The Chicago Sun Times may reinstate some of its photographers who were laid off in May 2013.  (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Some Sun-Times photographers could return

Robert Feder An interim agreement between the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Newspaper Guild "could lead to the rehiring of some of the photographers who were laid off by the newspaper earlier this year," Robert Feder reports. The Sun-Times laid off its entire photo staff this past May. Feder reports the Sun-Times management "agreed to bring back a number of the 28 photographers who were fired."
In exchange for the agreement on the photographers, the union is expected to drop its unfair labor relations charge with the National Labor Relations Board.
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Pinterest, the photo-sharing site, is a tool journalists can use, but it has its limitations. (AP Photo/Pinterest)

Journalists can use Pinterest, but with limitations

Update: I will be pinning this how-to Poynter article to my Pinterest page, afterall. After reading my article, writer Deborah Nam-Krane tweeted me with a workaround she uses to get past the Pinterest image pinning limitation I discuss here. Until Read more

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Photographers, artists and videographers were among the hardest hit proportionally in recent newsroom staff cuts. (Depositphotos)

Visual jobs in newsrooms have fallen by nearly half since 2000

Pew
Staff jobs for photographers, artists and videographers reported in the American Society of News Editors' annual census have dropped 43 percent since 2000, Monica Anderson writes.
By comparison, the number of full-time newspaper reporters and writers dropped by 32%—from 25,593 to 17,422. In the same period, 27% of copy and layout editor and online producer jobs were lost, falling from 10,901 to 7,980.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution photographers will become ‘multimedia visual journalists’

NetNewsCheck | Jim Romenesko | Creative Loafing Atlanta | NPAA
Photographers at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution will become "multimedia visual journalists" after planned job cuts, a spokesperson tells Lou Carlozo. The cuts, once planned for Nov. 1, haven't taken place yet, AJC spokesperson Drue Miller tells Poynter, but "internal announcements will be made soon."

“The newspaper and its websites will be expected to provide video, and to engage our audience through social media, apps and any other products that might come along,” Andy McDill said. "Ultimately the model could follow what Cox did at the Dayton Daily News, which converged print, Web, TV and radio platforms in 2010," Carlozo reports.

"There, our strategy involves all media reporters with iPhones, [along with] photographers, TV videographers, and even our customers," McDill told him. (more...)
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