Time at Buzzfeed:
Buzzfeed, 2 years ago, opened the News division and are trying to do big things with it. Kate Bubacz, Senior Photo Editor of News, was able to take the time and give an overview of Buzzfeed and what the News division is doing and plans on doing.
Buzzfeed is all of the world - U.S., Germany, France, Spain, Mexico and Australia. They have no staff photographers. They rely on freelancers that they find through referrals and Blink.la which is a place where photographers can make a profile and post their resume, portfolio, contact info, etc. Kate uses this platform pretty exclusively if there are no referrals for a specific assignment. Kate also invited us to email her with our contact information, where we live and a link to our websites for a possibility to get hired for an assignment. If we have ideas we can email her and pitch it to her.
Things that Kate took away from her internships included, No is not an answer so be persistent, creativity, ways of getting in - sweet talk, "Don't be an asshole," don't burn your photo editors and that chemistry between all levels is essential.
Kate believes that Buzzfeed, being a new company, is doing nothing but rising. Feature stories and more video content is on the way.
Time at Human Rights Watch:
Human Rights Watch, a non-profit company, tries to fix abuses around the world. They use first hand knowledge, expose abuses and shine a spotlight on them. Along with doing this, they try to implement new laws or policies. Emma Daly, Communications Director, spoke with us about the company. A lot of their content is multimedia - 80 videos a year which are 3-4 minutes long but also use a lot of stills for introducing the multimedia pieces and printed magazines.
Multimedia producers have a work for hire agreement which gives up the rights to their work. Photographers on the other hand, retain their copyright. For that main reason, wire services and buying photo essays are utilized quite frequently.
Satellite images are used a lot to show before and after shots of towns that have gone from being fully inhabited to completely decimated.
Time at Esquire:
Michael Norseng, Photo Director, has been at Esquire for 11 years and said that although he loves it there, it was completely unexpected to end up there. He gave as an overview of the company went through a slideshow of some stories that they have covered in the past. Most of what they do is more advertising geared but they still have documentary pieces from time to time. They do not do any breaking news and generally have issues already planned out for 2 months ahead of time. This is pretty important seeing that they're a monthly issues magazine.
Tips for working with Esquire include being able to shift back and forth from portraiture and documentary style photography, having a portfolio that represents you(20-30 images), website, being able to present your ideas and show examples of props and "don't be a jerk." You should create work that you enjoy doing and not to just do an assignment, get involved in it as much as possible.
Internships are during the Fall, Spring and Summer. Most of what the interns do is research photo archives, go to propping shops, collaborations, etc.