Photographs have become an important element in journalism as the development of photojournalism in journalistic communication. It is no longer used for a sake of showing what an object looks like, but it is more fucntioned as a source to be discussed and evaluated with other elements of journalism. People often use terms like documentary, potrait, illustration, or feature, though they have slighly different meaning in the context of photojournalism. Photojournalism is used with the aim of giving information or news event to audience.

Photograph and news have a different function on an article in terms of topicality, but both of them can function complemantarily. If a picture is topical, it can be used as and additional information as it is closely related to an emerging situation or news event. However, if it is less topical, the picture can be used as a background information of a topic.

Somehow, photographs must be related and deal with the topic in order to make a good connection between two forms of communication. Choices of photographic genres are quite predictable; sports usually use photos, where business often use potrait. However, people also often break these, so called, rule, as long as it is related to the article. In addition to this, photographs cannot be determined from the genre of the article, for example, but should be assessed independently.

In terms of the topic that we are learning for this module, the introduction of internet, internet is ultimately a visual world, where totally change the way we see the world, the way we read news. Below is a video featuring Zach Wise, a photojournalist, who is currently working for New York Times and New York Times Magazine.

Pictures can have more meaning and various expression about an event, that can drive more people to react towards certain situation. It often happens that people are more demanding for visualizations, as a proof for them to convince. The following pictures are some visualization of the current situation in Japan.

 

 

 

 

 

And below is a video to show what this photojournalist experienced along his career. He has seen too much war.

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