Any newspaper person will tell you that his or her first preference is to have photos in print and online that are taken by staff.

Any newspaper person will tell you that his or her first preference is to have photos in print and online that are taken by staff. Even better than that, most newspaper people will tell you that when they’re taking those photos, they prefer candid/action shots as opposed to posed shots featuring a group of people sitting or standing, staring at the photographer and smiling pretty on the count of three.

    Here at the Times, we’re the smallest five-day per week newspaper in the state, and our staff gets stretched mighty thin when it comes to heading out with cameras to cover all of the events and activities that constantly fill the big calendar on our newsroom wall. Sometimes there’s so much going on that even if we have enough to get a person to everything, we don’t have enough cameras, so in desperation mode we take pictures with our phones.

    When we can’t make it to certain events or activities, we’re extremely fortunate to have readers and community leaders and, really, all kinds of parents and other regular people who are willing to take photos for us and submit them for publication in print and online. And although that practice comes up short of our first preference mentioned previously in this editorial for photos to be taken by our staff, who are we to complain? And, yes, often these submitted photos don’t meet the criteria of our second preference, either, that the photos are candid and not posed.

    But, again, how can we at the Times possibly take issue with this, when, in fact, it all adds up to an embarrassment of riches for the local newspaper and, perhaps more important, the Crookston community as a whole?

    What we’re taking a while to get at here is that Crookston has a whole bunch of service clubs and organizations that are infinitely beyond service in name only. Whether it’s the Rotary, Lions or Kiwanis club, one of our many veterans-related organizations, a youth group, church-related, a group in the school district or U of M Crookston, it’s practically a non-stop gusher of good deeds that we are more than happy to share on these pages and online.

    A cynic might say it’s just a bunch of people tooting their own horn and looking for free publicity, but that cynic would be not only off the mark, but out of line.

    So keep it up, everyone. Keep doing the good that you do, which positively impacts our community so much and in so many different ways. If you don’t see one of us lingering around with a camera, make sure to take some photos yourself – candid or posed – and send them to us at the Times so we can keep sharing the good news.

– Mike Christopherson