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Analyze that: Everyone is a photojournalist

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This weeks “Analyze that” blog is brought to you by photography intern, Joe Morgan.

Everyone has a camera. Everyone has a voice.

This concept may seem a bit abstract pending a bit of contemplation. But first, everything makes more sense with a bit of history. So let’s begin there. Centuries ago, someone created writing and from it branched reading. Many books have since been written and read. This is all well and good except that not everyone had or has access to the formal education required to read and write.

This particular blog post serves not necessarily to provide you with research but to provide you with resources and encouragement in your photojournalism endeavors, be you an iPhone toting photographer or an esteemed, full-framed DSLR shooter.

But for the sake of research:

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, and as of April 2002, 21-23 percent of adults nationwide scored in what the center cites as the lowest level of literary proficiency.

The Pew Research Center reports that as of this year (2015) that 64 percent of adults nationwide have access to a smart phone. That total is twice that of which was reported in the Spring of 2011 — 35 percent.

What do these two bits of research have to do with one another? Well, for starters, it’s an increasingly bigger and bigger deal. Let me break it down.

Photojournalism is a testament to the camera’s ability to articulate stories in a more efficient and less abstract way.

Because “a picture is worth a thousand words” and the number of adults who own a smart phone (camera phone) is growing exponentially, the opportunity to express oneself through photography may soon compensate for the lack of written articulation.

As cameras become more accessible, those who struggle to read and write will have a proven, effective means of communication by which to tell their stories and the stories of those around them. It’s incredible, really.

Pioneering this philosophy is the wildly successful organization, Photovoice. Through participatory photography, they work with marginalized and/or disadvantaged communities to promote social change and awareness. For more information on Photovoice, click. Another example of this revolutionary means of story telling for the everyday man or woman can be found by following Humans of New York.

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