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Russel Boyce: A journey through a career in photojournalism

Today Boyce holds the title of Middle east and Africa Editor for Reuters, but during his earlier years his future career path seemed very different. 

He started exploring photography whilst study fine art at Hull University in 1983, where he stated “a tutor suggested I took a camera-the immediacy of the medium suited my personality; I was hooked”. After this he became involved in what Reuters refers to as the ‘Wider Image’ which focuses on the deeper story behind breaking news. Whilst doing this he also ran the social media side of the Wider Image, of which his successes were truly demonstrated. During the period of being in charge of the social media platforms he was able to increase Reuter’s follower network from 19,000 to 800,000. 

During his current role Boyce is more involved in the strategical side of photojournalism with a focus on safety, taking a step back from taking pictures. However, this should not take credit away from the tremendous amounts of work he did on the field before working at Reuters. During a recent lecture he described being there on the day of Tony Blair’s first day in office. It’s clear he has come a long way from his previous work to where he is now. A very successful 20 year career covering news, features and sports. 

A strong focus that is evident when Boyce talks about his career is the admiration he holds towards the Reuters company. This was highlighted by the ‘Trust Principles’ that the company abides by; of which that had not changed through the 120 year life of the business. Just as much emphasis was placed on the issues that the company has to tackle, which is where a personal touch of admiration from myself appeared. Boyce continued to explain that the rise of the media played a huge role in the hurdles that the company had to overcome. “How can money be made when news and information has become free?”. 

Reuters has a specific procedure for maintaining the laws surrounding copyright. Boyce mentioned that before images are purchased, the seller has to sign a contract stating that it is legally their work to sell. This is done to prevent people from selling work that isn’t theirs, acting as a deterrent. This is demonstrated further by the introduction of a watermark on Reuters’ images, although some have shown to disagree with its introduction.





Jade Adams
Jade Adams
Journalism student focusing on patch news and reviews from Southwark and Lambeth