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Submitting work to wire service - where do i start?

 
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May 01, 2012 01:06 |  #1

I am definitely not a professional pj as I am still learning in college for it. This summer though, I do have my summer planned for major events that I would believe are "news-worthy" (Canada Day for example). I'm no where near confident enough to believe my work would get posted on the front of a major news paper but I would to at least like to get my foot in the door when it comes to submitting work for wire services as this is where I would like to eventually head off into. So what would be the best way to get started? who would I contact and how would it be done so? I'd appreciate any comments/suggestions!



  
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May 01, 2012 05:58 |  #2

MrNothing wrote in post #14358119 (external link)
I'd appreciate any comments/suggestions!

Try bouncing that question off the Associated Press NA desk the worst they can say is "not interested," but you will never know unless you try.

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May 01, 2012 07:51 |  #3

The biggest wire services AP and UPI use photographs primarily from working press photographers. There is so many photographs submitted by the working press, that I am doubtful that they would be interested in freelance submissions. Other wire services/photo agencies may be more open to freelancers, but they will require evidence of substantial success and may not provide press passes/accreditation.

Your primary goal should be to get freelance/ part time/intern assignments from real media outlets.


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May 01, 2012 08:23 |  #4

You are jumping the gun here. Wire services not only want to know that you can produce good images, but that you can also work and submit on a deadline. No wire is going to look at you unless you have experience doing that.

With that said, contact your local newspaper and freelance for them. That should get your foot in the door.


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May 01, 2012 12:27 |  #5

You sure you want to? See this:

http://www.sportsshoot​er.com …ge_display.html​?tid=21697 (external link)


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May 01, 2012 12:39 |  #6

tomj, that link is talking about newspaper co-op contributions to AP. Freelance photographers are different. While I don't know the specifics with AP, I believe they get a set day rate plus a % of what sells.


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