In chapter 5, Briggs talks about how powerful photojournalism can be. Just using words conveys the author’s point, but adding a picture can make all the difference. Personally, I’m a visual person. I understand or connect with someone or something more when I can see a visual representation. The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” is very true when it comes to photojournalism. I like to read book series that are made into movies after they are written. Watching the movie after you’ve already formed a mental picture of the setting and characters from the book is kind of like not using pictures in journalistic writing. Nine times out of ten, the reader has the image of what happened completely wrong if there is no picture to guide them.

Briggs mentions that “more time leads to better photos.” Just like anything else in life, spending more time behind the camera and actually focusing on getting the right photograph will cause one to do so. Plus, the more pictures you take, the better the odds that one will come out perfectly for the story you are writing. Photos explain information in ways that we as authors can’t convey with words.


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