You can study journalism in college – even all the way through grad school – all you want. In the end, however, there's no teacher like experience when it comes to telling the stories in your community. And telling those stories mainly through photographs brings another level of expertise and challenges to the table, as well.
Statesboro Herald staff photojournalist Scott Bryant tried to give students in his junior level photojournalism course at Georgia Southern University a taste of the real world at the Kiwanis Ogeechee Fair on Wednesday, October 17, 2012.
The assignment? Produce a three-picture package that captures the spirit of the fair. Many started work when the gates opened at 4:00 p.m. All students were required to shoot, edit, and upload their selections to the class website by 8:30 p.m. Just like a real assignment for a news organization.
Many focused on some of the same themes we all do when we think of the fair: the lights, the rides, the shows, people and families, fair workers, etc. Not surprisingly, several of the students, independently, made photographs of the same attractions and people, just with a different point-of-view. All attempted to capture some of the sights and moments during one of the signature events in our community.
Applying professional journalistic standards learned during classtime and applying them on assignment was eye-opening for some, as they had to make pictures of and collect information for captions from complete strangers – all on a strict deadline.
How did they do? See for yourself!