The Lead: Michelle McLoughlin on photography and storytelling

At Grady, journalism students are encouraged to learn a bit of everything: from writing and reporting to video and photojournalism to audio, we get a taste of it all. This helps us understand how to best tell a story. 

Regardless of how we are telling the story, there are tenets of storytelling that apply to any medium. In the final episode of season 6, photojournalist Michelle McLoughlin reminds us of this. Photography is Michelle’s medium of choice, but she reminds us that no matter how well we tell a story, we need to leave our preconceived notions out of it. Our job is to get the story out into the world. 

Michelle and I also talk about covering traumatic events, the pros and cons of independent contracting and taking care of emotional and mental health as journalists. 

Don’t miss the last official episode of the season! Listen below:

Caroline Odom is a junior majoring in journalism at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. She is also majoring in risk management and insurance with a certificate in personal and organizational leadership at UGA’s Terry College of Business.

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