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By Cheryl McLean

Describes careers in images, together with photojournalism, and portrait, advertisement, nature, shuttle, business, medical, and executive images.

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Kelly Richmond, who works as a freelance stringer for the Associated Press and several daily newspapers, says that a means of instant transmission to the newspaper is a must for photojournalists who work on tight deadlines or with breaking news stories. The amount of time needed to shoot the image and get it to the news desk is compressed to a matter of minutes rather than hours. Page 31 The High Cost of High-Tech Equipment Photojournalists working on their own may find the cost of high-tech equipment prohibitive.

It brings a sense of immediacy and validity to a story. Toward this end, the photojournalist is as much involved with communication as is the reporter. Whether it's the anguished look of a basketball player who just missed a crucial shot or the triumphant salute of a victorious candidate for the presidency, the photojournalist seeks to capture what Henri Page 22 Cartier-Bresson called the "decisive moment"the moment that expresses the heart of the story. Photography is an elemental part of the design or look of a newspaper.

Some photojournalists, however, suggest that a good scanner and communications software program can work well and reduce the cost to around $3,500 for essentially the same result, with only a slight loss in the speed of transmission. Getting Started In today's hiring market, the photographer with a bachelor's degree or a graduate degree will have an edge in an interview, portfolios being equal. But there's no replacement for experience photographing for publication, with the clips to prove it. Jumping into Photojournalism Dan McComb, an intern at the Spokane Spokesman-Review, started his career in photojournalism in a dramatic but roundabout fashion.

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