A good photo doesn’t just show you what happened — it shows you why it matters.

That’s a quote from an online article called “Why photojournalism is still a real job.” The article, on the website CULT#MTL, is a review of the exhibit of World Press Photo winning images currently on display in Montreal. In it, author Lisa Sproull notes that “everyone’s a photographer these days.”

But being a photographer doesn’t make one a photojournalist. Photojournalism is communicating. It’s using visual messages to do more that show something that happened. Photojournalists also convey impact and meaning. As Sproull notes, “A good photo doesn’t just show you what happened — it shows you why it matters.”

Showing people why things matter is a skill, and it’s why photojournalism matters.

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