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Reuters: changes to the photojournalism industry

Russell Boyce

On Tuesday 7th November Russell Boyce spoke to truth about problems he faces day to day in the photojournalism industry.

Russell spoke to first year journalism and photography students and revealed how Reuters, the news agency, overcomes problems made by social media and technology developments. Russell has worked for Reuters for over 20 years starting first as a photographer and now he coordinates photographers all over the world producing photo packages for news outlets.

He explained that the way we are consuming news is changing, which has also led to a change in the picture business. More and more people are consuming their news on a hand-held device, news can be uploaded online in seconds which means that the picture business needs to be able to keep up with this speed.

Social media is also becoming a huge competitor. More people are expecting to see breaking news and images for free but as Russell explained Reuters ‘can’t do anything without money’. People are posting images for free on social media from the scene, yet Reuters are trying to make money from the images they take and then sell on to news outlets. This has become a huge obstacle in how the picture business works.

Due to the way we interact online, copyright has become another problem for Reuters. You cannot use images online without having the owner’s permission. People try to sell Reuters images they have found online causing in huge repercussions for the company. Reuters now have a policy meaning that all the images they share online they are watermarked so people cannot use it.

These issues have been created due to the way technology is developing. However, Reuters are still continuing to report on breaking news with speed and always trying to be accurate whilst following the trust principles the company is based upon.