Why take your own photos if you’re a writer?

The company publishes several weekly community newspapers and a monthly publication, and all writers and editors take their own photos. I think this is becoming more and more common in the industry. Luckily, I already had some experience with photography while working on a school newspaper in college.

At first I found it difficult and cumbersome to cover an event or conduct an interview while juggling a pen, a reporter’s notebook and a camera all at the same time. So one of the first things I did was invest in a good recorder. Now I don’t miss out on important information while I’m taking photos.

As an added bonus, I think when the writer is also the photographer it can give the writer a visual connection to the story that can enhance the writing, and the photos taken can better illustrate the story.

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Tana Suggs is a staff writer for Appen Newspapers, Inc., which has several weekly community newspapers and a monthly women’s publication in the north metro Atlanta area. While her stories are published in all their publications, she generally writes for the Gwinnett Herald, a newspaper that focuses on the communities of Suwanee and Duluth (Georgia).

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