About Photo

The photography desk is responsible for a majority of the paper’s visual content. By drawing on the talents of our photographers in conjunction with our reporters and large stock library, we curate the photographs that accompany each and every article and help ensure that readers are drawn into to the content of the paper. We don’t require any experience, nor do you need to have a camera — we will train you in everything you need to know and have equipment that you can borrow. Joining the Photo Desk is one of the best ways to hone your photography skills by getting out and documenting campus and city life.

Email photography@yaledailynews.com to join the panlist and take on your first photo assignment!


How Photo Works

There are currently five Photo Editors — they are typically sophomores who have completed at least one semester as staff photographers. They are responsible for updating photo assignments each week for staff photographers and editing 10–15 photos each night based on what the paper is running the next day. Each editor comes in one night a week for around three hours at a time.

Staff Photographers join the Photo Desk after heeling in the fall or spring semester. They take two weekly photojournalism assignments — such as photographing events and locations on campus — as well as in-depth artistic projects, such as Through the Lens photostories. They also work hand-in-hand with beat reporters to produce visual content for features and investigative pieces.

Contributing Photographers are anyone and everyone who enjoys photography! To get started, join the panlist and take on assignments as often or little as you’d like. Don’t worry if you don’t have experience or a camera — Photo will train you in everything you need to get started.