Jun 232012
 archive : 2012

The State of the News Photo

Publisher of the award winning visual politics and photojournalism site, BagNewsNotes, Michael Shaw assess the current state of the news photo.

Presenters: Michael Shaw

Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park – Pier 3

Presented by:

  • BagNewsNotes

With its increasing prominence in our visual culture, growing editorial and social media impact, shifting looks and aesthetics, and ever new forms of presentation, this is an exciting time to be following news photos. Michael Shaw, the only full-time news photo analyst and publisher of the visual politics site,, assesses the current state of the news photograph.

Presenter Bios

  • Michael Shaw

    Michael Shaw

    Michael Shaw is a clinical psychologist and publisher of Reading the Pictures, the visual and media literacy nonprofit dedicated to the daily analysis of news images. He also writes and lectures on visual politics and photojournalism. He is a regular contributor to the Columbia Journalism Review, and his work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times MagazineThe New RepublicSalonQuartz, and American Photo.


  • BagNewsNotes


    BagNewsNotes is the only site dedicated 100% to visual politics and the analysis of news images. Launched in 2004, BNN is closely followed by the political and visual media, the political blogosphere, the photo community and university communications and journalism programs. The site consists of three sections, each taking a unique approach to the still image:

    • The Notes section addresses the framing of images in the news media and social media, as well as key issues in the practice of photojournalism.
    • The BagNewsSalon is an on-line, real-time discussion between photojournalists, visual academics and other visual or subject experts. Each salon examines a set of images relevant to the major visual stories of the times often focusing on how the media and social media has framed the event.
    • BagNewsOriginals publishes original photojournalism addressing long-term social and documentary stories as well as the photographer’s working process.

    BagNewsNotes was a Webby Awards finalist for Best Political Blog in 2006 and an honoree in 2014. In 2011, BagNews was included in’s list of “20 Best Photo Blogs” and also won a Picture of the Year, International award for Multimedia. ”

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