Tracking the Professionals #1

Luis Barrón is a photojournalist that has been working for more than 5 years for an online newspaper in Veracruz, Mexico. Al Calor Político, didn’t have to make a transition from the print version to the online version. Since it started working as an online state newspaper 8 years ago, it has been able to grow more than any other newspaper in the state, reaching an average of 100,000 visits to their website a day.

Barrón said that working for an online news organization has more pros than cons. “What I like about online news organizations is how easy and efficient is to get to your audience. It also gives me the opportunity to enrich my work with the recompilation of new data and images that allow us to give the audience a better perspective and vision.”

He said that he has been taken advantage of multimedia sources by uploading his work to Facebook, where he has been able to create a social networking of colleagues and news organization.

“Uploading my pictures to Facebook is a great idea because I am able to show part of my work that could create interest on other news agencies or individuals,” Barrón said.

At the beginning, he worked as a photographer regarding local news and events, but then he was moved to be a correspondent for the newspaper in the capital of the country, Mexico City. He chooses what to shoot by thinking of what event or news in Mexico City could be interesting for viewers that live mainly in the state of Veracruz. Barrón said that some cultural, political and sports events happening in Mexico City are important for all the country.

He said that there is not a big difference in taking pictures for a print newspapers than an online one. “Photojournalism is dynamic, it has to have informative content, in both cases (print and online) what counts is the quality of the photo in order to be publish.”

If he needed to find a difference, Barrón will said that in online newspapers you have relatively, unlimited space, giving him the advantage to publish more than one picture.

He feels that in order to succeed and being the best at his job is not only about having the latest in technology or the best lens and equipment,  Barrón thinks that “the creator’s information and creativity is the clue to make it to the top.”

A photography of Michael Jackson’s skull, made in miniature by Mexican craftsmen during the “Day of the Dead” celebrations in November of 2010, is one of the pictures that he feels the proudest, as it was publish by a newspaper in England.

By Juan Luis Cornejo

One comment on “Tracking the Professionals #1

  1. Thanks for this post. It’s clear that you have a handle on this tracking the professional’s assignment. I appreciate that you put the links in right away and the setup with the size of the paper and who it serves.

    I’m intrigued by this idea that Barrón feels his work isn’t radically different online than for the paper.

    Is there any way to share some examples of Barrón’s work? A reader would probably be dying to see that image of the Michael Jackson skull!

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