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ASMP-Mountain West Presents

Joe Jaszewski: What is a Picture Editor?

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Joe Jaszewski is the Photo Editor at the Idaho Statesman. He has been as photojournalist at the Idaho Statesman since 2003 and was named photo editor in 2012. Joe now manages a staff of photojournalists and oversees all photography and video in the newspaper and on digital platforms.

In the program, Joe will discuss the process by which photography makes it into publication, the decisions going into deciding which stories to photograph, who selects the photos, the criteria for news photographs, and how photographs are prepared for publication. He will also talk about working in the newsroom leading a team of very talented visual journalists and what success (or lack thereof) looks like in news photography.

A newsroom tour will follow the program for anyone interested.

Some of the descriptive terms applied to the photo editor job are: fixer, translator, problem solver, guide, confidant, therapist, strategist, taskmaster, realist, coach, cheerleader, organizer, advocate, and storyteller.

Joe graduated from the University of California, Davis in 2002 with a degree in American Studies. While he was a student, he worked summer internships at the Idaho Statesman (2000), the Houston Chronicle (2001), and the Tacoma News-Tribune (2002). His freelance clients have included The New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, Reuters News Pictures, and Der Spiegel, among others. Joe is a native of Sacramento, California, and a graduate of Jesuit High School. When he isn't working, sports keep him busy. He plays in recreational softball, volleyball, basketball, ultimate Frisbee, and flag football leagues in Boise.