Journalism 207: Taking great photos with your phone

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Journalism 207, a series of online Zoom training sessions for high school students, is an initiative involving journalists from the Portland Press Herald, Morning Sentinel, Kennebec Journal, and Sun Journal who bring expert advice and experience to students wishing to pursue a career in journalism.

Our next session, Monday, May 2 at 3 p.m., will cover how to take great photos with just a phone, led by staff photographers Gregory Rec and Brianna Soukup of the Portland Press Herald. The session will be moderated by Katherine Lee, Web Editor of the Press Herald. Each photographer will talk about their own shooting experiences, and we’ll end with a Q&A for the students.

Greg got his start in journalism delivering his hometown newspaper, the Norwich Bulletin, as a teenager, reading the front-page stories on dark winter mornings as he passed under lampposts. Greg worked as a photojournalist at a group of Connecticut weeklies for three years before attending the University of Montana to study journalism and Spanish. He articled at the Portland Press Herald in the summer of 1995 and at the Boston Globe the following year.

He was hired at the Press Herald in 1997 and over the past 20 years has photographed throughout Maine, covered the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in New York, twice served with National Guard troops in the Maine’s army in Iraq, covered up the aftermath. from Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

In 2004, Rec was named Journalist of the Year along with columnist Bill Nemitz by the Maine Press Association for their work in Iraq. After just ten years at the Press Herald, he won the New England Society of Newspaper Editors’ Master Photographer Award, an award usually reserved for seasoned photographers.


Brianna was born and raised in Nebraska and became interested in photography in elementary school when her art teacher gave her a camera to document their fifth-grade class. After college, she interned at the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach, Florida, and at the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia.

She was hired by the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram in 2016 and moved to Maine where she quickly fell in love with photographing the people and places of our beautiful state.

She has been honored by the Hearst Journalism Awards Program, Society of Professional Journalists and received the 2020 MacGregor Fiske Award for New England Early Career Journalists.


Katherine Lee was web editor for the Press Herald and the Maine Sunday Telegram for five years, and previously served as city editor for five years. She worked at the Tampa Bay Times and the Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News, where she led the newsroom for a Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News in 2012. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned his BA and MJ Degrees. She and her husband live in South Portland.


Watch our previous Journalism 207 session on How to Find a Good Story here:

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