An Engaged Photojournalist:

A Western Sunset

It’s an interesting time to be involved in journalism these days as a freelancer you dip your toe in and out of the pool much more a spectator than being a coach or player in the game…maybe not a bad thing.

I was trading emails with a young photojournalist a few mornings back and she was in a gut wrenching dilemma over what software to use for her new Nikon camera which she could now produce video as a multimedia journalist.

“Should I spend the money for Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro? Should I use IMovie? I know FCP is what everyone in the business is using. I just don’t know.”

For me it is much like debating the value of a beer coming from a tall, thin bottle or the same beer poured from a short, fat bottle.  The container has little to do with the quality of the drink.

The drink is quality storytelling and becoming ENGAGED with your subject. It’s about making a connection and leading your viewer/reader on a journey.

As we move forward with various levels of multimedia visuals; think about replacing the term multimedia with “engaging journalism”.  Place the emphasis on the quality of the craft and then build a better container.

Cissi Lundgren, 91 year-old artist started to paint at nine in Stockholm, Sweden.

Reasons for being Sad:

My youngest daughter sent me an email recently and noted that I sounded sad.

You know I think I am a bit sad.  But after seventeen months of searching for a job both in journalism and outside the newsroom; I try to make the distinction between being sad and of self-pity.  I must admit the line becomes thin and gray at times.

A friend and colleague noted yesterday:

“So very sorry about your long hunt on so very many levels: sorry for the loss of your talent for telling stories with pictures, for your helping others to tell stories, for journalism in general.”

That makes me a bit sad.  I love telling stories and my greatest joy has been helping others tell their stories both through words and images.

You know you can’t teach at a college or university without a degree. But you can teach without working in a newsroom?  They should give a degree for surviving thirty years as a journalist.

That makes me a bit sad.

I often wonder about the editors that write job post.  Should they really have a job in communication?

Digital Savvy Desk Person  (We’ve been in the digital age since the mid-1990s, must be a young editor)

Seeking Ace Business Reporter (My guess written by a sports editor)

Seeking hard working reporter  (ask any photographer and they’ll tell you reporters don’t work hard. Ask any reporter and they’ll tell you photographers don’t work hard.)

Talented Page Designer wanted  ( Why would you want a designer with no talent?)

From a friend:

“The other thing I think I am noticing is that the Internet has become a shield so that no one has to interview anyone …. they fill their quotas and get their numbers.

The algorithms and job descriptions make no sense but no one knows the difference in what passes for human resources.

What I’m sorry about is that we are all poorer for it.”

That makes me a bit sad.

It’s “Election Day” and the best part of it is knowing that those multi-million campaign ad dollars have kept a few more journalist working into the holiday season.

If both the politicians and the journalist would spend more time at their local social service office talking to people face-to-face the community would be better served.

Cutting corners and poor ethics make me a bit sad.

Life revolves in cycles or periodic intervals giving us plenty of time to reflect.

In the past seventeen months, I’ve been given the opportunity to connect with family, develop new friendships and build on the old.

No reason to be sad.

Gary Miller Profile:

Contract Photo Editor,, 2011-2014

Deputy Photo Director, Press-Enterprise, CA 1999-2002

Director of Photography, San Bernardino County Sun, CA 1992-1999

Director of Photography, Des Moines, IA 1990-1992

Photography/Graphics Editor, Salem Statesman Journal,OR 1988-1990

Staff Photographer, Record Serchlight, Redding, CA

Privileged to have worked with talented photographers, graphic art designers and editors as a visual director.-

Additional Relevant Experience

* Judge/Film: 2011 Third Annual Sundial Film Festival,Redding,CA

* Contributor to 2010 “Hauler Magazine” Adam Wright Productions, cycle and hot rods.

* Group Exhibition: 2010 Fovea Exhibitions Beacon, NY “Portraits”

* Volunteer Fovea Exhibitions Gallery, Beacon, NY 2009-2010

* Logistics chairman for American Cancer Society “Run for Life” Redlands, CA

* Senior editor Belo/Press Enterprise for 2000 Democratic Convention in Los


* Senior editor for Gannett News Service and USA TODAY 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.

* Senior editor for USA TODAY at the 1998 Super bowl, San Diego, CA

* Senior editor for Gannett News Service and USA TODAY 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, GA.

Multi-Media Projects: (photo editor and co-design team leader)

 Crisis on Tap: California’s Water

Inland Wildfires:

2008 Freeway Complex Wildfire

2007 Butler 2 Wildfire

2006 Esperanza Wildfire

2003 Wildfires

(note PDF pages for A1-inside design)


Photo by Ed Crisostomo


Meth’s Legacy:


Photo by William Wilson Lewis III


Tough City, Fragile Lives:



Photo by Caitlin M. Kelly

Journey of Love: Mother’s Day in Prison:

Journey of Love copy

“Good-bye..Mom” Photo by Mark Zaleski

Purepecha immigrants living in mobile homes near the Salton Sea


Photo by Amanda Lucidon

Mecca for misery: Farmworkers


Photo by Amanda Lucidon

A Life of Love: Angie Peyton:


Photo by Caitlin M Kelly