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Practical Newspaper Reporting, 3rd Edition by Geoffrey Harris, David Spark

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3 PICTURE IDEAS

Reporters should think in pictures as well as in words. This is not just to help them describe what they see; it is to provide picture ideas for the photographers of their newspaper.

Pictures give a newspaper page much of its initial impact and help in the page design. The news page can be passably well filled if its reporters follow a fairly set routine day by day; but photographers cannot take the same pictures day after day if their pictures are to be more than wasted space.

What makes a good news picture? It needs to grasp the essence of the news. It needs people in it, and the people, wherever possible, should be its major interest. Even if they are not, you still need people to give life and scale. Inanimate objects – buildings, ...

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