All posts in category Travel and Personal Essays

Need to transition? Get out in the world and move those feet!

Recently I was asked by DESIGN, the magazine of the Society for News Design, to contribute to its summer issue focused on theme of “transition.” SND President Sara Quinn suggested I frame my ideas around a series of photos that intrigued her in recent years, taken while looking down at my feet as I have […]

Getting the dirt: The ‘truth’ behind one compelling travel photo

By Ron Reason For a variety of other essays and collected writings and images of my work in Africa and elsewhere in the Third World, visit this link.] Since my initial visit to Africa, I’ve returned a number of times and produced thousands of photos. Some have been published in magazines and newspapers; some have been put […]

Through travel photography, conquering fear and inspiring passion

Things I learned today: That Moby (one of my fave musicians/DJs/artists) had an uncle who was a photographer at The New York Times. And that he (Moby) first picked up a camera at age 10, set it aside in college set to pursue his music passions, and just picked up the habit again in earnest […]

At Yosemite’s Clouds Rest, determination and soaring hope

[The following essay is among tales of life away from work I share periodically on this blog. It was among those selected for publication in the book “Inspiring Generations: 150 Years, 150 Stories in Yosemite,” curated by The Yosemite Conservancy to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act.] By Ron Reason

Thumbs up for Sun-Times’ backpage nod to Ebert’s legacy

“Do you go to work every day and try to master your job and feel deeply that it matters? Do you believe that you can, through sheer excellence, make it matter even more? Roger Ebert did.” By Ron Reason When big news breaks (and in Chicago, Roger Ebert’s death has been big news), those who […]

Framing a future for Kibera’s M2 (Maasai Mbili) artists collective

Story and Photos by Ron Reason [For a variety of other essays and collected writings and images of my work in Africa and elsewhere in the Third World, visit this link.] Among first impressions of visiting Nairobi’s massive Kibera slum: the place is a lot more colorful, and visually expressive and inspiring, than one might expect. […]

Goodbye to a lover (mostly) of local newspapers

[Mom and dad read the daily papers. Photo circa 1980s.] La Porte County (Indiana) newspapers may have lost their most faithful reader with the passing of my mom, Carolyn Reason, on Thanksgiving Day. Sadly, crosswords will now go unsolved. Typos will go undiscovered. Comics, columns and coupons will go unclipped; the tomfoolery of local officials […]

20+ things to never say to a photojournalist

In light of The Washington Post‘s achievement this week in scoring a Pulitzer for its excellent photo coverage from Haiti, I thought I’d dust off this list which originated in my days as Director of Visual Journalism, and faculty member, at Poynter. There, along with my colleague Kenny Irby, we tried hard to help gain/earn […]

Journalists, you’ve got troubles?
Here’s an inspirational reality check

By Ron Reason Update: This item was posted Aug. 2, 2009. Since that time, NeXT launched its daily edition, and celebrated its 500th week of publishing on Sunday. Congrats to all there. I’ve told the story below of Ruona and her dad dozens of times, and whenever I hit a rough spot with my U.S. […]

The view from inside the newsroom, when the big story blows up

[Nairobi, Kenya] There’s nothing quite like being in a newsroom when news breaks, and that’s one thing I miss about life as a full-time journalist. As a consultant, I have to take that excitement as I can get it, while on-site working with my client news organizations. My current visit with The Standard in Nairobi, […]