By Megan Cloherty
WASHINGTON – Photojournalist Tom Kennedy got the bug for taking pictures when he was young. He became so good at it, Kennedy made eventually chose a career capturing pivotal moments in news history.
Kennedy spent his career at the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Washington Post and National Geographic Magazine.
His professional life has seen sweeping changes as far as technology advancements in digital photography, photo editing capabilities and photo sharing. And with an eagerness to learn each merging tool, he understands the momentous shift multimedia storytelling has made in news presentation.
“I feel like we’re very much on the front end of this kind of storytelling. I know there are examples of projects out there that reflect people’s efforts to come to grips with what the technology is now affording us and how to tell a different story,” Kennedy says.
While he dabbles in Instagram (he usually avoids filters,) Kennedy is more interested with how a digital format enables a different kind of visual storytelling. No longer is there only room for one photograph per article. Photographers can create a photo narrative — which changes the editorial approach to an assignment.
Kennedy is currently freelancing and will return to teach at American University in the spring.