Photojournalism Class Visits the Chicago Tribune


The photojournalism class from the College of DuPage was privileged to have the opportunity for a behind-the-scenes tour of the editorial offices at Tribune Tower in Chicago on March 28, 2008.  Michael Zajakowski, Chicago Tribune Magazine Picture Editor hosted the class and shared some of his experience from 10 years with the Tribune. “All your skills will come into play,” Zajkowski told the students, “As a photojournalist, you are responsible for checking facts, at the Chicago Tribune there's a level of trust with our readership.” "We have to back up what we say…credibility's our currency." The students visited the test kitchen, editorial offices, conference room, and the photo studio. Bill Hogan, Staff Photographer for the Chicago Tribune explained the process of creating editorial photographs used for the Chicago Tribune Magazine section. It’s a team effort, Hogan said, "Let everyone do their job in the shoot." "It's a collaborative thing." As the day wrapped up, Zajakowski’s advice for the students was, "Edit yoursef to put your best foot forward, editing gives insight into your style."