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Want Your Photo In The NYT Business Section? Here's One Way In

In business, education, photography on May 1, 2010 at 7:29 am
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It can happen.

You’re an ambitious young photographer, but still in university or a fresh grad. You read — (you do, of course) — every agate/photo credit for every major photo moved by the wires and the agencies and the major papers — wondering when it’s your turn.

For two terrific young women, Samantha Sais and Marie deJesus, their dream came true this week, Sam’s photo illustrating a story about a Tucson  man who’d successfully fought off bill collectors and Marie’s of a coffee-shop owner in San Juan, PR, unable to get a business loan. It happened because they were chosen to participate in The New York Times Student Journalism institute, open every year only to student members of the NAHJ or NABJ.

Winners get paid to spend two weeks working closely with top editors from the Times and other regional papers, so when a shooter is needed and there’s a talented student in that town, they’ve got a good shot at the assignment.

The editor who assigned to both women — my sweetie. I’m proud of his commitment to finding and nurturing the next generation of talent, regardless of age or gender. Talent — and making the right contacts — can be enough.

  1. It’s a good man who doesn’t prefer to be in the last generation of professionals.

  2. Thanks. I agree. Both he and I do a lot of mentoring of younger journos and photogs. We’ve both had our kick at the can (still kicking, clearly) and really want to make sure the business we love — in whatever shape it takes — remains filled with smart, passionate, talented people.

    We were mentored along the way and, especially without our own kids, we feel very strongly about making sure we can give back some of our skill or advice to the best of the young ‘uns.

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