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How do I get my foot in the door as a news photojournalist?

Ferlon Webster Jrby 7 years ago
Hello everyone,

I'm graduating from school in 3 weeks and I've interned and volunteered at my local cable networks, so I've gained some good experience. My question is how do I get myself in the door as a news photographer/videographer/photojournalist? I don't see entry-level positions for this, but I apply anyway. I think my demo reel (link below) is good but don't know if it'll compete with the competition. Please help and all help is greatly appreciated.

Here is the link to my reel:

Again any suggestions on what to do, what jobs to take that do not relate to photojournalism, that will help me get to that position, are greatly appreciated!
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Re: How do I get my foot in the door as a news photojournalist?
by Patrick Adkins
Several of my former colleagues became photojournalists by taking jobs as video editors and asking or agreeing to learn to shoot things like high school football, then "spot news" like fender benders. Eventually they would be bumped up to better stories, and found themselves next in line when there was an opening for a photog.

Most actually started as part time editors and have now become full time photogs.

Starting as a video editor is the best route to any job in the newsroom. As an editor you see so many scripts and so much video that you quickly learn how to write, tell a story, and shoot good video. Unfortunately it is one of the hardest working and least respected positions in the newsroom! But a lot of times that is how it is in the real world. Haha.

Good luck in your pursuit!
Re: How do I get my foot in the door as a news photojournalist?
by Ferlon Webster Jr
Thanks so much guys, for all the wonderful comments and ideas. They are all greatly appreciated. I never thought about just starting off as an editor and working my way from there, thanks!
Re: How do I get my foot in the door as a news photojournalist?
by Paul Brenno
Most common way to get your foot in the door, as a recent graduate is always working at smaller stations for experience than working your way up....I've been in the biz now for 10+ yrs, was laid off a yr ago. I mainly working in video production, but spent two yrs in news. If you live in a city with alot of freelance opp's, seek those, esp in this economy right now. Freelancing is a great way to get in the door, but also it's not good for steady work, since it's either " feast or famine ", it might take you 5 yrs to build up steady work to build a clientele and trust.

Try TV, to (although does not have many opp's.....
Re: How do I get my foot in the door as a news photojournalist?
by J. D. Winters
Good start by getting on this forum. I'd also recommend a site for news photogs. Don't limit yourself to just news. Try to get freelance as a helper. Don't expect to shoot right away. Stations also need editors.
This is going to be a tough fight. Stations are very tight and are looking for mostly VJ's. The more you can do the better you look.
Good luck.
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