Visual Journalism and Storytelling
Modern Challenges and Expectations
Presented by: Phil Carpenter
January 25, 2021
I'm a photojournalist and video journalist in Montreal, Quebec, reporting on a range of issues primarily of interest and importance to Montrealers and Quebecers. I also teach/coach photography and offer consulting services, particularly in photography and visual storytelling
Currently I'm a VJ/reporter at Global News Montreal, my first foray into television journalism. That's after working for more than 20 years as a newspaper photojournalist, which include 13 years on staff at the Montreal Gazette. I've also freelanced for various other print media and wire services.
Journalism has taken me across the globe to cover events and issues such as peace initiatives in Israel, the war in the former Yugoslavia, post-genocide Rwanda, elections and the earthquake in Haiti, and Barack Obama’s first inauguration as President. In 2009, I spent a month in Rwanda teaching multimedia journalism as part of a programme to train working journalists.
I'm also the author of Breast Stories, a book which explores issues of femininity and female identity through the photos and essays of more than 50 women from across Canada who had a mastectomy.
I've spent more than a decade teaching as a part-time visual journalism instructor in the School of Journalism at Concordia University in Montreal. I have a BA Specialization in Communication Studies from the same university.
Visual Journalism and Storytelling—Modern Challenges and Expectations
I'll explore how visual journalism has changed and is changing—how we report the story, balance speed, and meet deadlines with going in-depth and making sure we get the story right and treat people fairly and with respect. We'll explore how to juggle the public's need to know, our responsibility to report, and the individual's right to privacy. Research, being on top of things, being prepared, all help in getting the right images. Lastly we'll compare storytelling for TV and visual reporting for print. (by: Phil Carpenter)
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