There are different types of news photographers. Magazines, agencies, wires, newspapers, NGOs and other outlets have specific needs, and many news photographers dabble in more than one of these fields. Many others remain within only one.
So when people find out that I like newspaper photography and want/hope to be a newspaper staff photographer, they either laugh because newspapers are dying, give me sympathetic looks because newspapers are dying or advise me to pursue other interests because newspapers are dying.
Well, I happen to love newspaper photography. Even when I’m told to go out into the city, wander around and find people who are parking in curbside spots marked with chairs.
I love being a newspaper photographer because I can get to know the community. I can tell people I’m from the local paper and they’ll (usually) accept me. I love being a newspaper photographer because every day is different — except when it snows every day.
Being a newspaper photographer can be frustrating on slow news days or, alternately, when you’re still in the newsroom five hours past your shift. It’s not as glamorous as other news photography jobs. The paper may not be flying me (or anyone) out to Egypt or sending me to the Super Bowl — but dammit, I want to stick with newspapers for as long as I can.