A&P Tips for local paper freelance work? (v. airshow)

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  1. SkyAce2004

    SkyAce2004 New Member

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    Ive got an airshow coming to town on the 20-22nd, and while i usually have a police escort (family) to this every year, I wont have one this time around. So, the airport is having a media day at 9am today for media credentials and the sort. Well, I just looked at the requirements and basically I have to be on assignment for a company to obtain said media credential.

    Ive always pondered the idea about freelancing for the paper anyway, but what are my chances of getting the local paper to back me up and 'hire' me on as a freelance photographer for the airshow? Ive got a portfolio and some pictures I could show them from previous events, but im sure they arnt going to just hire any random Joe that comes walking in off the streets.

    I was gunna head on down to the main office in the morning at 8am and talk to someone about it and then head on down to the airport to fill out the paperwork.

    Any tips anyone could give? Im not looking to make money off this and the paper is more than welcome to use any photos I take.
     
  2. Drunken Karnie Midget

    Drunken Karnie Midget In Yeo We Trust, All Others Pay Cash OT Supporter

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    wouldn't hurt to bring previous examples to their office with you... but that sounds like your best bet.
     
  3. SkyAce2004

    SkyAce2004 New Member

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    yeah, ive got a book put together with some previous years photos in it. I was planning on bringing that with me to use as a reference and proof.
     
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    If you dont know anybody in there already, the best thing to do is try to talk to the guy that runs the photo desk or just the photo editor. Unfortunately, with papers going into the shitter, its hard to get them to pick up anyone new. Good luck with it though.
     
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    On the other hand, what cash-strapped orgainization could resist getting something for free? Issuing you a "one-time" press credential costs them nothing, and if you get great photos they can use to fill space around the story, they're ahead of the game. You might want to meet the reporter who is going to cover the event, because the reporter is usually the lead in this type affair. If they haven't got a reporter to cover the event, then offer to write a short article for the paper. Do good, and you might find some future work (and a pinch o'money) with your local news outlets.
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    You're better off trying to string together multimedia human interest pieces for them to host on their website e.g., slideshows, movies, etc. They are more likely to publish these since a lot of PJs hate making them.

    If you're set on print, you should definitely go for it. You can also start out talking to local college papers since they are less likely to care where their shots come from. Another good place to get published is local magazines and weekly, alternative news publications. Start looking around at the various publications in your town and look at the things they feature and see which ones fit your genre of photography.

    Both Adam and Asher ^^ have a point to a certain degree. Newspapers are in serious panic mode these days and some are, in fact, willing to accept free work in order to save some money. However, the photo editor at any paper is not the one working the books and balancing the budget and therefore would rather not deal with photos from an outside source so save some money. Papers have photographers on staff; that's there job.

    Your best bet is to attend local events or anything that might be newsworthy, shoot it and then submit your best 5-10 by 2-3 p.m. if possible and let them decide if they need them. Make sure if you do this you get all the information about what you shot. A VERY common rookie mistake is going to shoot something yet getting no information on the people in the shots essentially making the photos worthless. If you do that, over time they will either tell you to stop submitting or they eventually will remember who you are and begin to ask you to cover stuff. Believe me, reporters, editors, photo editors would much rather assign something to an in-house staffer.


    It can be done, but you are more likely to get published if you bring more to the table than they already have. Send in photos with a few paragraphs that they can use as a slide show online or print filler and they will be more likely to take your work.

    Good luck, man.
     
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    that would be very cool.. Be sure to let us know how it works out!!
     
  8. SkyAce2004

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    well, I didnt bother going in today, but I did call the paper and I talked to someone that is in charge of that. I told him I was interested in doing freelance work for the paper and he got very excited. He asked me when I could come in to talk to him, so I have an appt. to go down there on Monday. I have him my website so he can look over my photos until then. I told him the gear I have and he asked if I had experiece in shooting sports or other events. I basically told him Ill shoot anything.

    Ill update the thread as I get more info. Im not expecting to make a butt load of money off this, I just would like to have more opportunities to get out and shoot something useful.
     
  9. bntboz

    bntboz ACME user text OT Supporter

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    Where's the air show going to be?
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    That's great, man! Keep us posted.
     
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    charlotte county, punta gorda airport.
     
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    bntboz ACME user text OT Supporter

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    too far. I need find out when there's one near here. I haven't seen one in a while.
     

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