No, iPhones Can’t Replace Photojournalists in War Zones

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Aug. 19 2014 12:25 PM

Photojournalists Can’t Be Replaced by iPhones

A skilled photographer is essential to reporting accurate stories in conflict zones.

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Slate has partnered with Brooklyn Brewery and RISC to bring its hit war correspondent interview series to our readers. In this third installment, Steve Hindy, founder of Brooklyn Brewery and a former Associated Press foreign correspondent, sits down with three of the people closest to Chris Hondros, the award-winning photojournalist who was killed in Misrata, Libya in 2011. Testament, a collection of Hondros photography and writing, was released posthumously this year.

With the rise of smartphones and social media, everyone with a Wi-Fi connection and an iPhone can pretend to be an amateur photojournalist. But with conflict rampant around the globe—and newsrooms shrinking worldwide—the need for trained and talented photographers in the field has never been more obvious than it is now. In the clip above, Todd Heisler (staff photographer for the New York Times) and Sandy Ciric (director of photography at Getty Images) describe the importance of having people like Chris Hondros covering the worlds wars, and why a good photographer is irreplaceable when it comes to accurately reporting a story.

Chris Wade is a producer for Slate Video and occasional contributor to Brow Beat. Follow him on Twitter.

A.J. McCarthy is a Slate Video blogger.

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