Photo Editors

Photo editors represent the visual elite, a select group of news professionals that make very important decisions concerning what is visually newsworthy. They are the professionals responsible for determining what images we see in the news because their creative and intuitive visual sense affords them the knowledge and expertise to tell a story visually. This visual sense encompasses photo editors’ keen understanding of the aesthetic value of a photo balanced with the expression of ideas necessary to communicate vital information the public needs to know about. Good photo editors become who they are because they have visual sense balanced with an ethical responsibility concerning photojournalism. For that reason, photo editors are gatekeepers regarding what is visual news. They help frame the pictures in our heads.

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