Ook this post has been a long time coming. So for those who dont know, which is probably most, I landed an internship at the Oakland Tribune as a photography intern. To put things into perspective, there are about 15 news photography internships in the US...yeah of like 500+ dailies. Of these 15, ive applied to each one at least 2 times (some 3). In California, there are about 4, the Oakland Tribune, the LA Times, the SF Chron and the OC Registrar. Of those 4, only 2 are paid, and the Tribune is one of those two ;). Soo, these things aren't easy to come by and im really excited that im able to shoot for a paper...at least until July. So far I really havent had the most extreme learning curve, which is a good things cause I am kinda of used to shooting all kinds of stuff, but its a huge huge huge help seeing how other people shoot, and getting feedback from professionals for every assignment I take is invaluable. Apparently EVERYONE who was or is an intern is going to school for photojournalism, I know this because every time I meet someone new, they ask me what school I go too. I just say Davis and that I learned photography on my own. Im not sure if thats a good thing because I am self-taught and am in a position where most people go to school for, or a bad thing that I never committed 100% to studying this craft...either way Im here so who cares, haha.
ok so Monday the 28th was my first day and I had 2 assignments. Well they were ride alongs to show me the ropes, see how to shoot and see how to get caption info and stuff like that. The first assignment was a press conference at a school. Apparently, there are safe zones in and around Oakland that are designated to be gang free, and they have issued these court ordered injuctions where the "top 40" gangsters of Oakland cant enter in them. Legally its an interesting battle of infringement of freedom rights vs being a public nuisance. Anyways, here are a few photos from that assignment.....AND surprisingly my photo was chosen to run in print.