Finding Your Beat

A beat in the news world refers to a journalist’s specialized genre of reporting (Figure 1.33). Sports, science, business, crime, politics, and military are all examples of individual beats. Each beat distinguishes itself from another by topic, and some even have their own lingo and jargon. Many daily paper photographers are required to photograph multiple beats, which necessitates being versed in a variety of occupational cultures and aware of each beat’s particular protocols.


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Figure 1.33. A baby peers out of the playroom of a Catholic orphanage, ...

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