I've been reading some ridiculous stories where in an event of a crisis, our generation's instinct is to pull out their phone and start recording. How has this affected or changed photojournalism and do you see social media as something beneficial during these types of crises?
Social media is having a dramatic impact on photojournalism, both good and bad. The good is that we can now, more than ever, be independent authors and share our work directly with an audience that can instigate a two way dialogue. That is tremendous! The negatives are that we are constantly deluged with information, the monetary value of images has declined while they are more popular than ever and there is too much self promotion, which in some ways epitomizes what social media is about.
This is a great answer Ed. And this part:"too much self promotion, which in some ways epitomizes what social media is about"
What is the solution to self-promotion? How do we gain visibility for our projects without coming across as self-aggrandizing idgits?
Personally, I believe that "Social media isn't about reach. It's about 'reach out.'" (My own quote)