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The Digital Journalist

The Digital Journalist

Letter from
the Publisher

Welcome to the June issue of The Digital Journalist, the monthly magazine for visual journalism.

This year is the 60th anniversary of Magnum, the photo agency once only a dream of its four creators, George Rodger, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and David Seymour. Contributing writer Peter Howe has put together a wonderfully human look at one of the world's most famous and respected photo agencies. Accompanying his essay, there is a slide show you should not miss of many remarkable Magnum photos.

We also have a profile of Jonas Bendiksen, a young Magnum documentary photographer. Along with recent photos from his book "Satellites," we are fortunate to have a peek at a major future project of his about urban slums that will become a book and a traveling installation.

Continuing the Magnum theme, we have a delightful conversation between two legends in the world of photojournalism, Elliott Erwitt and Burt Glinn. They recall the early days of the agency and some of their most treasured memories over their many years as photojournalists.

Marianne Fulton has three Dispatches this month. Rafael Ben-Ari explores a groundbreaking medical procedure; Philip Poupin reports on the new challenge of the Afghanistan war, and Danfung Dennis writes of the so-called American surge into the "self-sustaining" conflict in Iraq.

In "What's It All About?" E-Bits editor Beverly Spicer takes us on a video tour to a struggle for survival on the African savannah, then a fusion of 500 years of portraits of women in art, and finally, to what could only be called a pipe dream.

In a section we now call New Media, Terry Heaton dives in with another of his provocative columns about TV News in a Post Modern World. And Ron Steinman, as usual, in a column he calls, "Do Not Connect Me, Please," has a slightly different take about what he sees in the world of new media.

Our regulars, Chuck Westfall with Tech Tips, Mark Loundy with Common Cents, Bill Pierce with Nuts and Bolts and Jim Colburn, are at their usual posts with thoughtful and diverse columns.

From "the best VJ lighting kit" to custom-made XLR cables and a nifty wireless receiver solution, PF Bentley offers helpful tips and resources for videographers in this month's Compression Session column.

There is a pointed slice of life by Jim Gabour in his continuing exploration of New Orleans after Katrina. In "Gandhi and Cocktails," Jim writes that thanks to some odd friends, hope – even hope from an outrageous source – springs eternal.

Marianne Fulton reviews "Testify," Colin Finley's new biography about his life and work as a documentary photographer.

Assignment Sheet brings you another in the "From the Pages of Damon Runyon" collection, which are reminiscences of some of the strange and wonderful characters who were part of retired Newsday staff photographer Dick Kraus' long career. In "Gentleman Jim" he talks about the colorful Irishman who was a staff shooter from the old school.

We hope you enjoy this issue.

Ron Steinman, Executive Editor

Dirck Halstead
Editor and Publisher

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