Hurricanes and Riots

August 31, 2017

In a recent Facebook post former Dispatch/Argus reporter, Brian Krans, wrote: “To any journalist friends who are covering Hurricane Harvey: one, remember your stay in a hotel room makes one less for evacuees. Two, go into counseling immediately after your assignment is done. You're going to see things you wouldn't normally expect and then go home to people acting like everything is normal. The juxtaposition can be jarring.  I learned the latter the hard way covering Katrina from the ground. It changed me forever.” Brian talks candidly about his experience covering Katrina and his more recent experience covering the violent protests in Berkley. We also talk to Brian about the state of journalism in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Brian, who left the Dispatch/Argus in 2009, is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Journalism at the University of California, Berkley. The veteran reporter also hosts The Rock Town Podcast

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Solar Eclipse….totally stoked

August 18, 2017

Alan Sheidler, the President of the Quad-Cities' Popular Astronomy Club, is excited about witnessing his first total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017. Before leaving for Columbia, Missouri he was kind enough to chat about photographing and witnessing the eclipse.

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Intern Take Over

August 11, 2017

The summer is coming to a close and our interns are going back to school soon. Before they head back to campus we wanted to sit down for a chat with reporter interns Hannah Rodriguez, Luke Cummings, Jessica Moon and photo intern Nate Manley. They were one of the best crop of interns we have ever had here at the paper. Tune in and learn all about the Breakfast Club for Magicians and the weird and wacky world of a door to door salesman. (Thumbnail composite photo by Meg McLaughlin)

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Pardon Our Interruption

August 11, 2017

This week’s episode is an quick status update on the podcast and an explanation for our unexpected hiatus. Rest assured the podcast isn’t going anywhere and we have some new episodes in the works.

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Instagram, Selfies and Likes, Oh My

August 10, 2017

Instagram and Twitter have become key components to lives of both photojournalists and teenagers. Inspired by This American Life podcast's episode #573: Status Update, we explore the use of Instagram and how the world sees us and how we see the world. Are we any different than the teenage girls featured in #573. What is the photojournalist equivalent to "you're so pretty"? Are we posting photos for the likes, or is it just another avenue for our creativity. We also discuss some of our favorite Instagram feeds like @Barleythebrepup, @blockhouseroller_markhirsch, @davidhumekennerly and @scottstrazzante Note: There is some minor swearing that has not been beeped in this week's episode. Follow us on Instagram: @dispatchargus, @tmizener, @megmclau, @toddwelvaert, @isopaul79

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The big switch - Nikon vs. Sony

August 10, 2017

Nikon or Canon? Nikon or Sony? Sony or Fuji? Talking Pictures Podcast co-host Paul Colletti recently had to answer the difficult question of what camera system buy. After over 8-years with the Dispatch/Argus Paul is moving on to start his own photography business. Rest assured Paul isn't leaving the podcast but in this week's episode we cap off his career with the paper and discuss his big gear selection. Tune in to find out if he switched from Nikon to Sony...or maybe Fuji.

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Pet photography for a cause

August 10, 2017

John Wangelin is a pet photographer with a big heart. John sits down with us to discuss a variety of topics including his 2017 pet calendar to benefit a local animal shelter. The John Deere painter has turned his love of dogs and his passion for photography into a side business which helps shelter dogs.

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‘That Tree’ Photographer: Mark Hirsch

August 10, 2017

The incomparable Mark Hirsch sits down with us to his discuss his book "That Tree : An iPhone Photo Journal Documenting a Year in the Life of a Lonely Bur Oak ” and his experience as a Quad City Arts Visiting Artist. Mark’s journey to “That Tree” and beyond is both fascinating and inspirational.

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The airing of grievances

June 2, 2017

This week's episode was sparked by an anonymous complaint that our Pacesetter (athlete of the week) photos of female athletes make them look like "pin-up girls". We wholeheartedly disagree with the reader's thesis and discuss how each of our photographers approaches shooting Pacesetter images. We also examine some of the negative photographer stereotypes and how they effect us while on assignment. Go to http://talkingpicturespodcast.blogspot.com to see the photo in question and the two months worth of Pacesetter images so you can judge them for yourself.

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The whole is greater than the sum of its parts

April 22, 2017

We chat with Chicago freelancer Ting Shen about his quest for the perfect camera strap, shooting NBA basketball and his experience covering the Dallas police shootings. On July 7, 2016 four Dallas police officers and one DART officer were gunned down on the streets of Dallas, Texas. Ting, who was working as the photo intern for the Dallas Morning News, was sent to Baylor University Hospital. He recounts the events which led up to making the unforgettable image of a DART police officer comforting a colleague in the emergency room entrance. He also discusses the lessons learned in the wake of the tragic event. http://interactives.dallasnews.com/2016/rally-shooting/

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