“To get there, you need to intern with a lot of people, get a lot of contacts and work your way up”.
This is a phrase you’ll hear most university students say when asked how to get a dream job, and it’s no exception for Journalism.
Cassie Norris tells me of her dream to become a photojournalist, and her ultimate goals of becoming a National Geographic Photographer. “I like to carefully think about the photo i’m about to take, and knowing about composition can completely change a picture”. She goes on to share that a huge influence in her work and love for photography extends from Steve McCurry, who’s famously known as the man behind “Afghan Girl”, which was one of the most known cover photos for National Geographic.
Photojournalism and travel journalism go almost hand-in-hand, and aspiring aspiring journalist Paige Mott can’t decide between the two. “Photography is my main interest, so i I could do that and write stories, it would be my ultimate goal”, she says when asked to clarify her dream job. She plans to travel overseas, to a poorer Asian country, to photograph and write about the poverty and poor conditions. She has a back-up plan however, as most journalist students would these days. “If it doesn’t work out, i’d like to become a teacher, at such a young age, I get to help them decide what they want to do with their lives“
Stephanie Bailey, another journalist student aspiring to get into travel journalism, shares her thoughts on photography within journalism, “It’s a big part, it can really show what’s really going on“. She considers herself a daredevil, not really caring for her safety, reaching the point where her father has even ‘forbidden’ her to ever skydive. When asked what she can bring to the table of travel/photojournalism, she replied “I’m good at forming relationships with people, and it shows in the photos I take. It can completely change the meaning of the photo“
Photojournalism is something that another Journalist, Chloe Dicks, also shares an interest in, claiming “A good caption can sum up the whole story, but you can’t have a good caption without a good photograph”. She’s one step ahead of most journalism students in their pursuit of a dream job, having landed an intern position at 40K as a photographer over in India at the end of the year. “You need to show what the subject is feeling in the photograph, and not what you feel”, Chloe answered when asked what she thought ’the most important part of photography is’, and she’ll get the chance follow through on her philosophy when she arrives in India to intern with lots of people, and make plenty of contacts.