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On assignment covering students marching against gun violence and for school safety

The Baltimore Sun

One of the things that I enjoy most about being a photojournalist and that sets photojournalism apart from all other types of photography is that you never know what you might be heading out to shoot on any given day.

The spontaneity of an event such as the #gunsdowngradesup protest in Baltimore made it one of those days on Tuesday. Hundreds of public and private school students took part in a school walkout to protest gun violence in schools and in Baltimore City.

At 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, I was given the assignment to photograph the beginning of the walkout. I needed to get to Coldspring Lane and North Charles Street by 10:50 a.m.

The most efficient way to cover a moving protest is to park your car and follow the protesters. The catch for me was that I also had a 1 p.m. assignment that I needed to get to, so I would need to keep my car close. I had to forfeit walking along the entire route with the subjects and instead continue to drive ahead of the protesters and find street parking along the way, which I did several times.

Again, not an ideal way to cover this assignment, but my later assignment was also a priority. I ultimately made it to City Hall to cover about 15 minutes of the protests before heading to my other assignment. Interestingly enough, my 1 p.m. assignment is part of a project on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

It turned out to be an amazing interview with a woman who met Mr. King while he visited Baltimore. Her stories of marches and protests that took place during the civil rights movement and after his death almost 50 years ago.

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