One June 3rd of this year it was announced that the New Media Investment Group of New York, N.Y. would be purchasing the formerly family owned Dispatch Media Group where I have worked as a photographer for the past three years. Because this is 2015 and those of us in the traditional journalism industry have been conditioned to expect the worst when things like this happen, there was one thing that immediately came to forefront of everyone’s mind. Unfortunately, for me, that fear turned into a reality a couple of weeks ago.
However, I am not writing this in hopes of eliciting any sympathy, as this has happened, and unfortunately will happen again, to hundreds of journalists more talented than me. Rather, I am writing to bookmark the end of one chapter of my career, while looking optimistically towards the future. I know that while the destiny of the publishing industry may be undefinable at this point, I am confident that strong visual storytelling will play a large role in whatever future that might be.
I could go on and on about how amazing my editors and fellow journalists have been to work with and how the people of Central Ohio have a special relationship with the The Dispatch that makes working in this community a truly special dynamic between citizens and journalists, but, it’s not like I’m skipping town just yet. So instead of getting any mushier than I already have, I’m just gonna shut up and show some pictures.