INTERVIEW WITH ROBIN SHOTOLA
Robin Shotola has worked as a photojournalist at newspapers around the Northeast. She has also worked as a wedding photographer.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT PHOTOJOURNALISM?
Being outside experiencing things and meeting people every day is one of the best things about the job. The fact that it is not a 9-to-5 office job is good if you are the type of person who can't be cooped up all day.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE LEAST ABOUT PHOTOJOURNALISM?
When you are covering news stories you often have to photograph unpleasant things like fires or accidents. It's tough to see the bad things that happen to good people.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WHO WANTED TO GET INTO PHOTOJOURNALISM?
The thing that will get you a job is the pictures that you have to show. So the most important thing to do is to just start taking photos. You learn by doing, and you find out what makes a good picture.
Take whatever opportunity you can get. A lot of places need photographs, and small publications like local newspapers are a good place to start. Call the photo editor and offer to shoot for free. This will expose you to a wide range of assignments, and it will get your photographs published.
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