General News

News generally refers to everyday assignments that are planned or organized in advance, such as protests, court hearings, and awareness rallies, and within general news documentation are many sub-categories, such as feature, sports, and portraits. These topic areas can be quite diverse, requiring a photographer to be well versed in many subjects, but they can also be rewarding in that one assignment is visually and editorially different from another.

No matter what type of general news assignment, a photographer’s goals should be to arrive promptly; find the best vantage point; obtain caption information and proper spelling of names; and produce original, effective images. Pictures are most powerful when they show the subject’s emotional ...

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