Panelists to discuss photojournalism careers

A photo taken by Susan McSpadden, college photographer, who will be participating in Thursday's People in the Media Panel.

Annie Beurman

Reporting correspondent

On Thursday the college will be hosting its annual People in the Media Panel. Four professional photojournalists will be discussing their experience in the field. The event is sponsored by the Journalism and Media Communications Department.

Every fall for at least two decades, People in the Media has been a regular event at the college for professionals to showcase their work. The event consists of journalists and media personalities explaining their careers as well as holding an audience question and answer segment.

The group of four photojournalists presenting this year will consist of Brian Davidson, David Eulitt, Reed Hoffmann and Susan McSpadden.

Professor of Journalism and Media Communications Mark Raduziner is one of the coordinators for the event.

“Like journalism, photojournalism is storytelling in visual form,” Raduziner said. “Photography is more general, photojournalism is really more journalism in pictures and video.”

This year’s panel will be the first to consist entirely of photojournalists. Raduziner discussed several of the professions of previous panelists at the event.

“We’ve never done photojournalism before,” Raduziner said. “Last year we did radio disc jockeys … Every year the topic is different, the guests are different too … We try to cover various aspects of the mass media and introduce people to professionals in the journalism and mass media field.”

One of the photojournalists who will be speaking at the event is college photographer Susan McSpadden, who started her career at age 18.

“There are a lot of great things going on here at all times,” McSpadden said. “I cover assignments in all four corners of the college and everywhere in between from events to classroom activities to sports action. My images get used on the website, in program brochures, social media, marketing materials and even on the side of The Jo bus.”

In addition to working at the college, McSpadden was a photographer and photo editor for the Kansas City Star for almost nine years.

“We are visual people by nature,” McSpadden said. “A good photo has the power to draw the reader in first and get them interested in the story.”

The panel is free to attend and will take place on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 11:00 a.m. in the Craig Community Auditorium (GEB 233).


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