Photojournalism Basics

Even with limited resources, small newsrooms and individuals can take advantage of the power of visual journalism. Thoughtful visual journalism makes an important and profound impact in the editorial space as well as audience engagement.  Scott Lewis — award winning photojournalist, photo editor, consultant and the Creative Director of CCIJ – will provide insight and actionable approaches to empower you to create more impact and value in your reporting with the resources you have as well as provide a foundation for working in collaboration with visual journalists.

Photo credits

Left, Lindiwe Hloaele, aged 21, in the middle of her journey home to Thabaneng village, mounting a rocky slope with 25 litres of water on her head. She gets her water from an unprotected well located next to Katse Dam that shows in the background. Photo by Sechaba Mokhethi. From the article, Water, Water everywhere… but not a drop to drink.

Right, Muhammad Zakkari, 37, stands on a lone uprooted Aduwa (desert date) tree next to where a house once stood before the sands of the Sahara overtook his former home village of Zakkari. The village is among many in the northeastern region of Yobe state in Nigeria that is on the frontlines of the desert’s encroachment. Photo by Murtala Abdullahi. From the article, An encroaching desert intensifies Nigeria’s farmer-herder crisis.


Wednesday, September 21, 2022
11 AM - 12 PM US Eastern (60 minutes)


Virtual via Zoom




Photo portrait of Scott Lewis

Scott Lewis

Creative Director, CCIJ

Scott Lewis found the first home for his passion for visual storytelling as a newspaper photojournalist in the far reaches of suburban Chicago where developing suburbs overtook farm after farm. As a photojournalist, Scott used the power of his images to champion everyday life when so many only looked to the extremes. This work was the start to a successful 20+ year career in newspapers and as an independent photographer, entrepreneur, consultant and editor. As a photojournalist, Scott led an initiative in community journalism that started with one weekly paper and one photographer that garnered multiple national awards in photography, editing and design. This work was key to significant business growth culminating three years later in more than a dozen publications and a photography team of 20 photographers, editors and designers.

Scott has worked at and for multiple newspapers, magazines and clients throughout the United States and overseas earning awards from the top competitions in the industry including Regional Photographer of the Year; the Community Awareness Award and Best Use of Photography twice in the Pictures of the Year International; First Place, People in the News in World Press Photo and a grant from Getty Images for a documentary project on commonalities amidst the growing diversification of American faith communities.

As an entrepreneur, Scott co-led a family maritime business through a bootstrap phase into a successful fundraise managing multiple functional areas including finance, marketing, operations and investor relations where he continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Scott is a rare hybrid of enterprising journalist and business savvy entrepreneur bringing vital perspectives of both worlds together in the pursuit of new modes of viable and impactful journalism.