Academic journal article The Journalism Educator

Reviews -- Shooters: TV News Photographers and Their Work by D. M. Lindekugel

Academic journal article The Journalism Educator

Reviews -- Shooters: TV News Photographers and Their Work by D. M. Lindekugel

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Lindekugel, D.M. (1994). Shooters: TV News Photographers and their Work. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers. 166 pp. Hardback, $49.95.

From its title, D.M. Lindekugel's book seems a rather unlikely subject for a book-length treatment. A news photographer is a "below the line" job and, if many of our students aspired to this line of work, they would likely be urged to loftier goals. Given the career paths to reportorial and news management positions, most of the key decision-making positions are held by people who have not shot video (let alone film) in some time. Nonetheless Shooters gets this reviewer's recommendation as an excellent supplemental reading for the initial television news class or a course in broadcast news management.

It is an ethnographic study of the news "shooters" (aka/camerapersons/videographers/photojournalists/photographers) in Spokane, Wash.--a middle-size market. Lindekugel, an associate professor of sociology at Eastern Washington University, accompanied (and occasionally assisted) news photographers and interviewed them while they worked for periods in 1988 and 1993. The book is a result of these observations, coupled with interviews with others involved with producing the news in Spokane. Lindekugel's major points are that while ENG photographers may have careers, their work is not considered a profession, and what they do is likely to always be in transition because of the march of technology. …

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