Profession photojournalist

Photojournalists cover all kinds of news events by taken informative images. They tell stories by taking, editing and presenting images for newspapers, journals, magazines, television and other media.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Grammar

    The set of structural rules governing the composition of clauses, phrases, and words in any given natural language.

  • Spelling

    The rules concerning the way words are spelled.

  • Copyright legislation

    Legislation describing the protection of the rights of original authors over their work, and how others can use it.

  • Interview techniques

    The techniques for getting information out of people by asking the right questions in the right way and to make them feel comfortable.

  • Writing techniques

    The different techniques to write a story such as the descriptive, persuasive, first person and other techniques.

  • Editorial standards

    The guidelines on how to deal with and report on privacy, children, and death according to impartiality, and other standards.

  • Photography

    Art and practice of creating aesthetically appealing images by recording light or electromagnetic radiation.

Skills

  • Follow the news

    Follow current events in politics, economics, social communities, cultural sectors, internationally, and in sports.

  • Select camera apertures

    Adjust lens apertures, shutter speeds, and camera focus.

  • Meet deadlines

    Ensure operative processes are finished at a previously agreed-upon time.

  • Select photographic equipment

    Select appropriate photographic equipment and background properties, and adapt it according to subjects, materials, and conditions.

  • Interview people

    Interview people in a range of different circumstances.

  • Write to a deadline

    Schedule and respect tight deadlines, especially for theatre, screen and radio projects.

  • Study topics

    Carry out effective research on relevant topics to be able to produce summary information appropriate to different audiences. The research may involve looking at books, journals, the internet, and/or verbal discussions with knowledgeable persons.

  • Adapt to type of media

    Adapt to different types of media such as television, movies, commercials, and others. Adapt work to type of media, scale of production, budget, genres within type of media, and others.

  • Consult information sources

    Consult relevant information sources to find inspiration, to educate yourself on certain topics and to acquire background information.

  • Evaluate writings in response to feedback

    Edit and adapt work in response to comments from peers and publishers.

  • Stay up to date with social media

    Keep up with the trends and people on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

  • Build contacts to maintain news flow

    Build contacts to maintain a flow of news, for example, police and emergency services, local council, community groups, health trusts, press officers from a variety of organisations, the general public, etc.

  • Develop professional network

    Reach out to and meet up with people in a professional context. Find common ground and use your contacts for mutual benefit. Keep track of the people in your personal professional network and stay up to date on their activities.

  • Use specific writing techniques

    Use writing techniques depending on the type of media, the genre, and the story.

  • Follow ethical code of conduct of journalists

    Follow the ethical code of conduct of journalists, such as freedom of speech, right of reply, being objective, and other rules.

  • Set up photographic equipment

    Choose the position and orientation of your camera to capture the scene. Strive to be ready to capture the moment as it occurs.

  • Participate in editorial meetings

    Participate in meetings with fellow editors and journalists to discuss possible topics and to divide the tasks and workload.

  • Apply grammar and spelling rules

    Apply the rules of spelling and grammar and ensure consistency throughout texts.

Optional knowledge and skills

follow directions of on-site director check correctness of information write headlines create online news content maintain photographic equipment adapt to changing situations edit negatives test photographic equipment edit digital moving images direct photographic workers audio editing software edit recorded sound manage personal finances perform image editing press law manage writing administration write captions use photographic equipment maintain an artistic portfolio develop film record multi-track sound promote yourself perform video editing edit photographs