What you need to know about photojournalism

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Maryville Pawprint is sponsoring a  Flickr page for Maryville University. This page will allow students, faculty, alumni and those who are not on campus to witness campus life and all things Maryville through the lens of students and faculty.

Photography is an important part of college life, and Maryville has many skilled photographers.

While in college at Mizzou, Professor Scott Angus majored in photojournalism history in political science. His intentions were to change the world through photographs. This gave Angus the opportunity to travel the world, which many people are not able to do with their career.

Professor Angus in Maryville’s lighting studio. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Heintz.

Choosing photojournalism gave him the adventure he was looking for. Scott was able to swim with humpback whales, wrestle with tigers, experience war zones and photograph fashion for advertising companies.

Angus never intended to be a teacher; however, his mother was a teacher and he felt young photographers needed to learn how to shoot ethically. He accomplishes this by asking his students what their photographs are communicating and how the audience will view them.

Angus said the biggest struggle new photographers need to overcome is to stop implementing their personal or political views in their work. He tries to keep an open mind and unbiased viewpoint towards all students’ work.

Angus believes all of his success has come from his honesty.

“Photojournalism is telling the truth of what the world is going through. If you’re letting those biases change that truth you are not being ethical. Without photography and video the world’s progress on social-environmental issues and togetherness would be nowhere near it is today,” said Angus on why photojournalism is important.

Rainbow across Maryville’s campus. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Heintz.

Christopher Reimer, Associate Director of New Media, is the man behind Maryville’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat pages. He also manages a two-person videography team.

On top of this, Reimer provides help for social media users on campus, advice on website content and mentors people looking for employment as a hobby.

Reimer thinks Maryville’s involvement in social media is important. Social media allows the university to tell their story and connect with their audience in an engaging way.

On capturing Maryville campus life Reimer said, “It’s awesome. I have the best job on campus, and no one has ever argued with me over this! Maryville students are the best, so it’s a blast telling their story online.”

Similar to Professor Angus, Christopher Reimer uses an honest mentality to how he portrays Maryville through his photographs and videos. By doing so “potential Maryville community members (students, faculty, staff donors) will consume the content and then decide for themselves whether we’re a good fit or not,” Reimer said. He believes keeping the truth in the media he creates has a greater impact.

Help us continue to tell the stories Maryville has to offer through photojournalism. Stay up-to-date with our Flickr page and submit your own photos.

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