The Digital Journalist
Hell's Half-Acre
I see our part as getting information to them and showing them that they are not alone.
by Chip Litherland, Punta Gorda, FL
I raised my camera and took some photos as the deputies told the women about the dead bodies.
by Phil Diederich, Punta Gorda, FL
I didn't know what to say to people when I walked up to them. I soon found out there isn't much to say.
by Armando Solares, Punta Gorda, FL
I think of going to the humvee for my helmet but before I can move another mortar hits.
by Sherrlyn Borkgren
by Amy Marash


When Hurricane Charley hit Florida with unexpected violence, the staff of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune was there. Surrounded by so much property damage in Punta Gorda, many news photographers limited themselves to shots of people who lost their businesses, their homes and their friends. Armando Solares, Phil Diederich and Chip Litherland describe how they captured the dramatic photos that newspaper readers love to see but hate to see us take.

Sherrlyn Borkgren has returned to the United States from Iraq, but filed a dispatch before she, and an injured soldier, left Baghdad.

And maybe you noticed, the Republicans nominated their candidate for the Presidency. With the chants "FOX NEWS SUCKS" and "WE DISTORT, WE DECIDE" still ringing in our ears, we made a gallery of photos with comments by some of our friends. It's called RNC.JPG. Most of you know that .jpg is the file extension for a picture file. "Acronym Finder" says it is "the lossy compressed 24 bit color image storage format developed by the Joint Photographic Experts Group."

"OT" is the acronym for "overtime." Happy Labor Day!


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