D.C. Trip - Day Two
Day two of the D.C. trip was a busy day as we visited four places. We started off our day with a visit to The Undefeated. Here, we were greeted by Brent Lewis, senior photo editor. The Undefeated is a media company that intersects between sports, race, and culture. Brent spoke about telling good stories. “That’s what I care about,” said Lewis. The Undefeated prides themselves on doing stories on issues that other media companies won’t do. The mission of The Undefeated wants to open up discussions on current issues and tell the untold stories. The Undefeated is only one year old and is changing the way that stories are being told on race, culture, and sports. One thing that interests me about The Undefeated is their ability to connect athletes and their consumers on issues that may not be discussed by other media outlets. As an intern at The Players’ Tribune this summer, The Undefeated interests me because it is very similar to what The Players’ Tribune is doing. The Undefeated hits on the harder issues that are being discussed in sports, culture, and race in today’s society. In my previous blog post I talked about being interested in sports. I am particularly interested in working with The Undefeated because they tackle tough issues that go beyond sports, and that is what we need in today’s world.
After our visit to The Undefeated, William treated us for lunch. After we enjoyed our lunch at the “Chiptole without the disease” of Italian places, we then went to visit RIT alumna Jordan Roth who works as a multimedia coordinator at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. The Pulitizer Center on Crisis Reporting is a non-profit organization that supports international journalism. The Pulitzer Center is funded by grants and foundations. One thing that I thought was interesting was that the Pulitzer Center has the grantees work as a team. In other words, the grants are awarded to one team of a photographer and a writer. They focus on under reported issues that has a global audience and want story proposals that can last as long as they can in today’s society.
It was nice to see a recent RIT grad enjoying her job and beginning a successful career that is not easy to get into. Jordan started off as an intern at the Pulitzer Center and now Jordan has a full time position. After visiting with Jordan, we then made our way to McClatchy. There we met with Sarah Whitmire, social media editor, Nicole Cvetnic, video producer, Maureen Chowdhury, video producer, Lindsay Claiborn, real-time desk editor, and Ben Connors, team lead for emerging video products. McClatchy is a media company that provides news to communities in more than 30 markets across America. They specialize in giving local news a national audience. Ben talked about the importance of virtual reality, augmented reality, 360 video, and photograms. I was interested in what Ben had to say about the advancement of technology, especially in story telling. As a photojournalist, it is important to keep up with technology. As new technology is emerging, there is better ways to tell certain stories. I believe it is also important to keep up with technology as a citizen.
We visited Reuters yesterday and spoke with Jim Bourg and Jonathan Ernst, but today we went back to Reuters where we met with Mitch Koppelman, vice president of broadcasts services at Reuters (also a RIT Alumni), Karen Kasmauski, freelancer and former photographer at National Geographic, Karen’s husband Bill Douthitt, photo editor at Science Magazine, Tom Kennedy, executive director of the American Society of Media Photographers, and Gabriella Demczuk, freelance photographer based in the D.C. and Baltimore area. I was happy that Gabriella showed work from when she had an internship with the New York Times. This was neat to see as our class will be graduating from RIT soon. I always like when photojournalist show work from when they were in our shoes. Gabriella told us to “look for small, off the beat moments,” and “it’s the long term projects with multiple chapters.” Gabriella also told us to “do something for you work every single day.” As a freelancer, it is always important to keep your website, business cards and leave behinds up to date. You never know when an editor may be looking at your website thinking about hiring you for an assignment. You want to show your best work and current work that you are working on.
Thank you to William for lunch and Mitch Koppelman for dinner at Reuters.