Monday, December 11th, 2006

The demise of the photojournalist


Dan Gillmor, the pioneering journalist who pulled up stakes and moved onto the net before just anyone else, is predicting the end of the photojournalist and videographer as a profession. His argument is that in an age of digital cameras and Youtube, proximity and speed is going to trump experience and skill. Probably true, and I wouldn’t be surprised if blogs replace the foreign correspondent (if they haven’t already). It’s sort of sad to see the quasi-romantic era of the globetrotting reporter come to an end….but on the other hand it was bound to happen eventually.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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