2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Can Photojournalism Survive the Smartphone Era?

Friday, March 13
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Hyatt Regency Austin
Texas Ballroom 2-3
208 Barton Springs Rd

The role of photography today is more important and ubiquitous than ever before. The smartphone and the internet have democratized photography and publishing. Any image has the potential to go viral and shed light or contribute to the noise of modern life. The transition from analog to digital has been hard for journalism and doubly hard on photojournalists. Entire photo staff layoffs, a shrinking client base, competition from crowd sourcing and cheap stock images have severely threatened the professional news photographer’s ability to eek out a living. Can innovation and partnerships help photojournalism survive the smartphone era?


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Gary Hershorn

Photo Editor


Former Global Editor for Sports and long time photographer for the Reuters News Agency. Currently Photo Editor at Flipboard.

Kenneth Jarecke


Contact Press Images

Kenneth Jarecke throughout his career has traveled extensively. Having worked in over fifty countries, he’s reporting on tumultuous elections in Haiti, to the fall of the Iron Curtain. He’s put a s...

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Scout Tufankjian


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