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In a workshop on blogging today, I mentioned that photos make great blog material. Of course, writers (including me) need to remember to use photos, videos and other visual elements in our blogs (like I didn’t in this one). But I noted that some photojournalists have excellent blogs that revolve around visual content — sometimes all photos, sometimes the stories behind photos.

A photojournalist in the workshop asked me for some examples. I provided a few quick ones:

Digital First colleague John Strickler’s Strick’s Pics

My former Cedar Rapids Gazette colleagues’ Refocus blog

The Boston Globe’s The Big Picture

The New York Times’ Lens

Reuters’ Photographers Blog

Carmen Sisson’s blog

Jonah Kessel’s blog

NBC News’ Photoblog

Look, the staff visual blog of the York Daily Record

I knew I was overlooking some good ones, so I quickly crowdsourced this on Twitter:

Note that these are two separate blogs from the Toronto Star photojournalists and photo editors:

Here’s the link to the Darkroom.

What are some other photojournalism blogs that you like?

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Continuing a discussion of how newsrooms and photojournalists need to respond to changes in journalism and photography:

Scott Bryant

After I blogged my criticism of the Chicago Sun-Times for firing its photo staff, I followed with a guest post from someone who had emailed me privately. A comment on that post deserved greater attention and a response, so I am posting it here with permission or the commenter, Scott Bryant, a photojournalist at the Statesboro Herald in Georgia.

I’ve experienced some of the resistance from still photographers that some are describing, both personally and through conversations with colleagues. I’m not quite buying your “guest’s” general characterization of what’s going on with many still photojournalists, though.

First, the decision NOT to identify your “veteran visual journalist” is, well, just a little cowardly, if you ask me. If this person is such a veteran and cares about what’s happening to colleagues, then he/she should stand up, identify him/herself, and sing it from the mountains! Be a leader, not a sniping critic in the shadows.

I disagree with the characterization of the guest poster as cowardly. I frequently receive emails from people wanting to discuss a matter with me directly. I asked if I could use this email as a guest post. The writer agreed, on the condition that I not use the name. This person is a leader, but in a context where we’re discussing people getting fired, I respect a person’s wish to communicate privately. I pushed to make the post public and I’m comfortable withholding the name. Back to Scott: (more…)

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