A day in the life of a photojournalist

After the newsroom staff at The Telegraph of Nashua, New Hampshire, was reduced from 40 to 18 recently, Don Himsel was forced to wear many hats. Hired as a photographer in 1989, Himsel now reports and writes news stories, paginates pages when necessary and does many other task around the newsroom in addition to taking photos.

“That’s the way it is,” Himsel said. “You never know what the next day is going to be like.”

But even if it’s just going out to get a photo of sewer pipe construction for use on a slow news days or popping of a photo to accompany a staff writer’s story on potential improvements to the electrical grid (“It’s hard to sexy-up power lines,” he says), he’s still where he most wants to be: behind the viewfinder.

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