There’s no better illustrative expression in the newspaper business than “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
In the world of community journalism, most reporters head out in the field with a notepad, pen — and a camera — to record in stills and video what words can’t quite capture. Sometimes we manage to grab an image or two that become the cherry on the top of a nice piece of storytelling.
Over the past year, I believe I captured some of those photos that helped readers to better understand, in a visceral way, the give-and-take of a story or its emotional impact imposed on a few individuals or even an entire community.
The recent tornado, for example. What better way to put yourself in the shoes of those fellow Port Orchard residents who are now homeless following their experience with the twister? An image of a fallen 100-foot-tall fir tree that nearly split a home in two or a shot of someone’s bedroom furniture now open to the elements after an exterior wall was shorn from its foundation.
Our past three issues of the Independent — and our website kitsapdailynews.com — have featured photos of the tornado’s damage that evoke emotions words couldn’t sufficiently express.