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Why newspaper photo cliches make for great Tumblrs

"I feel sorry for local news photographers," begins the About text on a blog dedicated to newspaper photos. That's understandable, given the heavy workload of the photographers lucky enough to have survived rounds of layoffs. The site says newspaper photographers are "hugely skilled and poorly paid." Again, no argument there. But then there's this: "[they're] sent out to photograph miserable people pointing at dog turds. Here, we celebrate their work." So begins the U.K.-based Angry people in local newspapers blog, one of a handful of websites that collect cliched shots from overworked photographers lacking job security. Similar sites in the genre include a U.K.-based Tumblr dedicated to Daily Mail photos of people "looking sad while holding, or standing close to, the thing that has made them feel sad." And, in the U.S., there's the more recent Tumblr from American journalist Jeremy Barr, "Local People With Their Arms Crossed." Barr's site sports the tagline: "The pose that says, 'Hey, look at me. I'm featured on the front of my local newspaper.'" He relies on the Newseum's daily display of front pages to source his examples, like this powerful crosser: Sites like Barr's offer an amusing look at the formulaic work that makes its way into publications large and small. But they also speak to the challenges of being a newspaper photographer today, according to Kenny Irby, a senior faculty member for visual journalism and director of community relations at Poynter. "There are so many 'people standing in front of things with their arms folded' photographs on the Web largely because the people being assigned to document those images have no time to get to know the individual in their stories, and are ill-equipped to explore the visual variety of the environment," Irby said. That lack of time to develop a rapport with a source and indulge in some creativity results in photograph-by-numbers work. Witness, for example, this from the "Angry people's" site's ever-growing collection of angry people pointing at things that made them angry enough to attract press coverage:   Over at Hear Me Wail, the sad people in the Daily Mail Tumblr, you'll encounter characters such as this hirsute barman pulling a tap of pent-up emotion: Or this somber woman presenting a Whopper: But their object-oriented emotion gets kicked up a notch over at "Angry people in local newspapers." The best of its offerings include a supremely peeved mother and her damaged car: Asked about his motivation for launching a photo-cliche site, Barr previously offered this comment to Poynter's Andrew Beaujon:
I love simple Tumblrs, and I think local newspapers are a national treasure in more ways than people realize. I was looking through front pages with another idea in mind and noticed this pose in a few papers around the country. It’s such a silly pose, and it connotes so much. So, I thought it might be fun to see if I could compile these poses. Fortunately there’s been a steady stream of them since I started this at the beginning of the month. I thought it was funny, and I hoped people would agree.
(Beaujon is also an aficionado of the arms-crossed pose, having exposed its use at the Washington Examiner back in 2011.) Irby isn't surprised at how easy it is for Barr and others to find material for their sites. “We are seeing so much unoriginal photographic coverage because we have so many beginners now making images and getting those images posted without an editor's vetting eye," he said. “Too few of the beginners discern the value of active, authentic, arresting photographic coverage, which is the result of a time-investment relationship that provides access.” The result is a very of-the-moment media cycle: a lack of time and resources leads to cliched photojournalism, which begets Tumblrs collecting and celebrating said cliched shots. That makes this photo a glorious cliche-bomb of the genre -- it features angry/sad people, the object of their anger/sadness and a double arm-crossing all in one: Correction: This post originally and incorrectly described the Angry people in local newspapers blog as a Tumblr. It's hosted on Blogger.
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A journalist’s guide to using Tumblr

This morning I wrote about how some newsrooms use Tumblr, but getting to know the site can take awhile. So here’s a quick guide to using Tumblr, with Poynter’s Tumblr page as a reference.

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How some news orgs use Tumblr

What do you do with a blog service full of cat GIFs and memes? If you’re Yahoo, you buy it for $1.1 billion. If you’re a media outlet, you use Tumblr as an extension of your brand.

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Yahoo buys Tumblr, DOJ targeted another reporter: Morning links

YAHOO WILL BUY TUMBLR "Per the agreement and our promise not to screw it up, Tumblr will be independently operated as a separate business," a Yahoo announcement this morning says. The acquisition cost Yahoo $1.1 billion, "substantially all of which is payable in cash." (more...)
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Report: Yahoo in talks with Tumblr

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Yahoo is discussing "strategic alliance and investment in or outright buy of" Tumblr, Peter Kafka and Kara Swisher reported Thursday evening.

Any such deal "could certainly bring Yahoo a big, young audience," they write.
[Tumblr's] worldwide traffic was at 117 million visitors in April, according to comScore. On its home page, Tumblr claims it has 107.8 million blogs and 50.6 billion posts. U.S. desktop traffic to Tumblr was 37 million in April, close to LinkedIn and Twitter, although Twitter obviously has much more via mobile.
The blogging service "has positioned itself as one of the few players in the digital ad world that is well suited for brand advertising," Mike Shields writes, saying a deal between the companies could be worth $1 billion. (more...)
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Tumblr dissolves its editorial team

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"A year ago, Tumblr did something unprecedented," Tumblr founder David Karp writes about the editorial team the blogging service assembled, which fed its "Storyboard" project.

Tuesday night Tumblr did something not unprecedented in the world of publishing: It got rid of its editorial team.

"What we’ve accomplished with Storyboard has run its course for now, and our editorial team will be closing up shop and moving on," Karp writes.

Tumblr told Kelly Faircloth it's laying off three of the team's four members. Peter Kafka and Catherine Shu both say Tumblr is focusing on profitability, a possible motivation for the layoffs.
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Meet the lady behind the ‘Said to Lady Journos’ Tumblr

The woman who created the new “Said to Lady Journos” Tumblr was taken aback when a male labor union representative recently told her: “You’re pretty smart for a young lady.”

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‘Said to Lady Journos’ Tumblr is ‘depressingly relatable,’ female journalists say

A new Tumblr, Said to Lady Journos, highlights comments (mostly sexist) that female journalists hear on the job.

Here’s a sampling:
  • “Are you sure you know the game well enough to keep score?” -- a father at a high school baseball game
  • “If you got shrapnel in your ass, I’d be happy to take it out.” -- Contractor to a female journalist at a US military base in Iraq
  • “You, me and that camera could do some dirty things.” -- Said to a freshman photojournalist at a local bar as she shot a school assignment
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Ben Lowy photographs Libya with his new iPhone Hipstamatic Lens

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Conflict photographer Ben Lowy is relying on his iPhone and his soon-to-be-released Hipstamatic lens, which applies minimal processing to the images, to document his latest trip to Libya. For the next week, Tumblr's Storyboard will publish his photographs.

In an interview with Storyboard, Lowy says he's gravitated to his iPhone rather than a sophisticated DSLR in part because it's more efficient and inconspicuous. "I think it engenders a greater sense of intimacy with subjects because you’re not putting a big camera in their face." (more...)
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Newsweek’s ‘Picture Dept.’ Tumblr: a second stage for photography

Photo editors will curate the best photography from around the Web and point out worthwhile photo exhibits and books.
Newsweek has added another Tumblr to its collection with Picture Dept., a photo blog that provides a second stage for work published in Newsweek and on The Daily Beast and showcases worthwhile photography around the Web.

Images are of course a big part of Picture Dept., but so are posts about photo exhibits and photo books. "We created this Tumblr to participate in the photo community," said Cara Phillips, a photo editor for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. It's meant to be a single destination "where we can share what we think is great out there and what people should be looking at."

Newsweek has a long history with Tumblr (well, old if you consider that the latter's only five years old). Picture Dept. joins a few siblings in the Newsweek/Daily Beast family of Tumblrs: It follows The New York Times' innovative "Lively Morgue" Tumblr, which features old Times photos -- the fronts and the backs, which often have interesting notations.



Picture Dept. strikes me as a bit of a hybrid between a typical Tumblr and a destination site. Editors will take part in the sharing and reblogging that is core to the Tumblr experience, and of course its posts appear on its followers' dashboards. But it also has a basic, tag-based navigation that encourages browsing, even by people who still don't quite understand what Tumblr is for: "Found" (posts that point to content found elsewhere on the Web), "Features" (collections of images, presented in slide shows) and "Recommended." (more...)
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