Photo journalisme is not anymore like it used to be, in the early days when there was no internet and no mobile phones you worked as a photographer for a newspaper or free lance for an agent or you send your work directly to one of your clients with who you have a contract with and who is sending you out for an assignment.
Nowadays everybody can be a photojournalist a mobile phone can be enough to make the (breaking)news by somebody who is not a photographer but just a nobody who was at the right place at the right time with his mobile phone.
While the most photojournalists never been lucky enough to be the at right place on the right time to make that shot of the day that everybody in the worlds media is looking for and afterwards your photo is sold many times and later in the year even you win the zilveren camera or the world press photo, only a few are that luck
Of cause you can looking for that particular shot and go for it to danger yourself and go to the war zones in Irak, Syria or Libya or other dangerous places in the world the chance that you make that great shot is more obvious than the photojournalist stay at home and make shots of the world leaders gathering at his City, where he lives, but of course that doesn’t mean that you also can make that lucky shot during that meeting or at that sports event where your agent or newspaper has sending you and your shot is nice, not a price winner but just nice taken and good enough for local press.
For years I was a contributer for Demotix News agency ( See my about page) Demotix and Newzulu are so to speak an citizens news makers website an website who you contribute for news. It was for Demotix than and for Newzulu still an International groundbreaking news platform with a community of over 100,000 professional and citizen journalists that publishes photos, videos and articles from around the world. A team of editors validates each submission and makes them available for sale in a global marketplace of 7000 newspapers, websites and magazines. This is a revolutionary new way for both amateurs and professionals to get paid for their original content.
After Demotix closing his doors I switch to Newzulu and I had hopend I could experience the same profesionality but more and more Newzulu is asking for video news rather than photo’s after I discuss why Newzulu did’nt publish my story which I post I got the following aswer:
Many thanks ,Newzulu