Photojournalism: telling stories through photographs
Photography editor Kiley Stephens tell about the importance of photography in journalism
December 2, 2022
Have you ever heard the phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words”? A single still image may successfully convey a complex concept, even better than simple words. Well, this concept can be summarized by one word: photojournalism. This is when a news story is documented and illustrated through pictures only. The major tool for telling the story is the photograph, rather than long-winded, monotonous sentences. Instead of paper and words one trades this for a camera and images to convey stories. Narration without words.
Photojournalism is significant because it may give a news story an emotional component. An engaging image may relate to and connect with a person more effectively than a few sentences, drawing views. In addition, people are more likely to recall things when they see vivid photos as it will stick with them more clearly. A well-taken picture may also educate the viewers; since a photograph is something you witness, it does not require reading or cognitive abilities to comprehend. Understanding what is happening or the gravity of the situation can be easier when we actually see it. Written news becomes less effective because the image has such a powerful impact on informing people about occurrences. Photojournalism is vital and has the potential to tell a thousand words.