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The Source: How Photography Shapes The News Narrative

War, crime, drought, poverty have been represented strongly in journalism for generations.

They take up column inches and broadcast minutes. But while well-explained and intellectually understood, words often fall short in translating the full meaning of these and many other issues. The power of photographs to communicate the desperation of poverty, the fear of crime, the complexity of war, and the impact of the news on people and the environment is incalculable. 

We talk to some of the purveyors the medium on how their work came to be and has impacted the news narrative.  

The San Antonio Express-News recently announced that several of their photographers are finalists for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. Their series followed the migrant path from Central and South America that brought last summer's influx of children into South Texas.


  • Luis Rios, Photo Editor for the San Antonio Express-News.
  • Jerry Lara, San Antonio Express-News photographer and finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize.
  • Bob Owen, San Antonio Express-News photographer and finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize.
  • Donna DeCesare, award-winning photojournalist and professor of journalism at The University of Texas, Austin.**

*The Source broadcasts from 3-4 p.m. and audio will be available at 5:30 p.m.

**Donna DeCesare is giving a lecture entitled "Why Photograph War?" at The McNay Musuem of Art tonight at 6:30

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Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive