At the heart of every good newspaper you will find strong photographers and good visual displayâ€¦but dig a little deeper and youâ€™ll also find someone with vision. At the Commercial Appeal of Memphis, that someone is John Sale. A nine-year veteran at the Appeal, the Assistant Managing Editor for Visuals has been leading the charge with his team of photographers, freelancers and editors as the paper garners an abundant share of awards in the industry.
During a recent interview, I gained a deeper understanding of the photo operations of this Memphis Belle as they balance their coverage of local, national and global events with â€œconnectivityâ€ as their keyword. How does the Appeal stay connected to their readers? How have technology and multiple publishing platforms changed how the Appeal delivers its content?
This week, in a two-part Photo Journal, Sale takes on these questions in part one, as well as delivering a very candid and succinct analysis of each of the eight staff photographers featured in the image gallery (see captions for Sale's comments).
In part two, we examine the very fine mind of Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and photojournalist Alan Spearman. When this column was initiated, Spearman was one of those eight staff photographers at the Appeal. He has since resigned his position and has moved on to further explore one of his true passions...telling storiesâ€¦through the use of video as a medium.
Spearman, and the Appeal, recently won Best Use of Multimedia at the NPPAâ€™s Best of Photojournalism competition for his work â€œMemphis Poverty: What Obama Didnâ€™t See.â€ We talk with Spearman about the project as well as highlight images from that story in our gallery. Weâ€™ll also get Spearmanâ€™s spin on the difference between shooting for print and multimedia and the different mindset needed to tell those stories well.