Sixteen senior photojournalism students from the SPAS program spent the week of September 23-27 in Washington, D.C., visiting various media organizations and meeting with photojournalists.

This amazing experience gave students a unique perspective on the photojournalism industry and a glimpse of the potential internships and jobs that exist in the field. Students met with staff and freelance photographers, picture editors, designers, and multimedia journalists, including many RIT alumni, to hear about best practices, industry standards, and what it takes to stay relevant in an ever-changing profession.

The trip included visits with Bloomberg, NPR (Emily Bogle and Chloe Coleman ‘13), Mary Calvert, U.S. News & World Report, National Geographic (Ken Geiger ‘11), Jahi Chikwendiu of the Washington Post, the Associated Press (Jacquelyn Martin ‘01 and Evan Vucci ‘00), Jim Lo Scalzo of EPA, Reuters, AARP (Lindsey Leger ‘12), Lucian Perkins, United States Institute of Peace, The White House, Spencer Millsap of National Geographic, Corcoran Gallery of Art, USA Today, and McClatchy-Tribune News Service. The group also had a chance to mingle with distinguished RIT alumni during a meet and greet hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations .

The trip was an invaluable opportunity for our students and the RIT Photojournalism Program is grateful to all the organizations, professionals, and alumni who donated their time.

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Students view an exhibit at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2013.

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Students tour a studio at NPR in Washington, D.C., Sept. 24, 2013.