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First Amendment for Photojournalists

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." - First Amendment, Constitution of the United States of America
The press holds a history in the United States of America that no other nation has ever had. The freedom to publish information regarding not only the common people, but also the government that runs the nation is something that has not and still is not the case for many countries around the globe.
Photojournalists have a special niche for their line of work. They seek to provide the visual representation of the event rather than providing the reader with text only. While both have their strengths and goals, they both act as elements of the press, and then observe privileges for their job.
With this week’s post, the perspective of photojourn…

Photo and Pen, a Unique Duo

Let us get right into it!

Introductions are in order, my name is Joshua Spaman. At the time of writing this, I am a sophomore at Wayne State University studying journalism and photography with a plan of becoming a photojournalist in the future. 

With the basics out of the way, I will dive into what journalism is to me. Growing up in a household that did not watch the news for much more than the morning weather or an update on whether school was cancelled due to the snow, my family would rarely invest much time into it. 

I would often find myself watching the news, looking up to the reporters who followed through with their stories. I held great respect for the ones who would go after the people who held the critical information, especially in cases where it could have proved dangerous.

The second aspect that always drew my attention was the imagery used. Video and photography were the two elements that I always would find myself enamored with, watching the journalists follow through with …