Multimedia StoryTelling

By the students of MCJ300 at The University of Southern Mississippi

Gordon Parks

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“I chose my camera,”as a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all forms of social wrongs.” But he went on: “the camera is not meant just to show misery. You can show things that you like about the universe…. It’s capable of doing both.”

-Gordon Parks

I love this quote by Gordon Parks the groundbreaking American photographer, as well as many other things. The man understood journalism and he did it well, but above all, he knew that it was about more than just showing the problems in the world. Every now and again, just sometimes, you have got to give people hope. He knew that. He knew that there was a lot of hate in this world, he saw it and recorded it first hand. However, despite all he had seen, he knew there was a whole lot of love too.

Too often in media today we focus on the negative and leave very little room for stories which encourage or bring hope. In these cynical times we quickly write off good news as fluff. This quote served as a nice reminder that there’s a lot more to news than violence and hate.

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Written by jamiecw

December 5, 2012 at 9:18 am

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