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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:273
  • eBook ISBN:9781624886003

Small Town Photojournalist

by Richard R. Sitler

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"Small Town Photojournalist" is a novel that tells the story of a young photographer just starting out in the challenging and exciting world of news photography.
"Small Town Photojournalist" is a novel that is part "The Shipping News" and part Ron Howard directed movie, "The Paper", with a little of TV's "Lou Grant" as well. Those works as well as his own experience as a journalist and staffer at many newspapers has inspired author Richard R. Sitler in the writing of this riveting tale of a newspaper staff trying to keep it together in the face of the growing challenges in the newspaper world of the 1990's. During that decade rising cost of newsprint and other operation expenses threatened the future of many newspapers. Many formerly privately-owned papers were snapped up by big corporations who could handle the expenses and reap the rewards of an industry that still had a corner on the news market. However these corporations did not plan for the future when the internet would challenge this dominance in the market. Corporations pushed newspapers to focus more on entertainment and marketing and less on journalism. Many markets that formerly had two papers saw the closure or merger of papers leaving them with just one print news source. Journalists saw a threat to their livelihood as they tried to balance their integrity with the challenges of the new media landscape. The staff of the News Journal in a small Ohio city faces these challenges while trying to keep their paper relevant. The story follows the diverse staff including those just starting out their careers and veterans who are hanging on for retirement. There is photojournalist, Walker Miller, who has several internships under his belt, but has dropped out of journalism school. He is hired for his first full time job as Chief Photographer by the interim editor Nick Forrest, an idealistic, ambitious, young journalist. They replace outgoing editor Andy Dunreith and Dean Sanders who are moving on after being promoted as a result of their award-winning work. Veterans Kent Bowen and Violet Thomas are veteran journalists who provide the younger staff members perspective.
About the author
Richard R. Sitler worked at newspapers in Ohio, Indiana, New Hampshire and New Jersey. Sitler graduated from Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois and also studied at Ohio University and Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. Besides his career as a photojournalist Sitler also served in the Peace Corps and later traveled around the world photographing other Peace Corps Volunteers. Photographs of volunteers in 22 countries on five continents were published by Other Places Publishing in a book titled "Making Peace with the World, Photographs of Peace Corps Volunteers". The book received recognition being named by Peace Corps Writers as winner of the 2011 best photography book.
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