Constant, real-time internet deadlines combined with satellite transmission technology mean that it is both desirable and possible to transmit images quickly.
The photographers must use good judgment as to when to keep making pictures and when to peel off to transmit. Sometimes one photographer on a story is asked to file their images early, allowing others to spend more time with the subjects. We always strive to be ‘first, right and relevant’; get great images that are relevant and accurate and deliver them first. So there is pressure to file early, however there’s no point getting inaccurate, irrelevant photos sent in record time as they’ll get lost within hours if not minutes.
Tony Hicks, Regional Photo Editor for Europe and Africa at the Associated Press, explaining one of the ways photojournalism has changed in the digital age.
He’s responding to questions from Phil Coomes, BBC Pictures Editor, who’s exploring how photojournalists can get noticed when organizations such as his receive more than 8,000 images per day from wire services, on top of what their own photographers and freelancers are submitting.
Phil Coomes, BBC, Drowning in Pictures.