The Virginian-Pilot: All Hands on Deck!

By Jim Colton

When it comes to photography, many image makers subscribe to the rule of the three C’s; Content, Composition and Color. When it comes to newspapers, a different set of C’s must be adhered to; Comprehensive Community Coverage. This is the building block that is the cornerstone of any successful newspaper. 

But what happens when your community is also home to the world’s largest naval base? Naval Station Norfolk supports 75 ships and 134 aircraft alongside 14 piers and 11 aircraft hangars. The base houses the largest concentration of U.S. Navy forces in the world and according to a staggering 351,387 military personnel (including families) populate the Virginia Beach, Newport, Norfolk, Hampton and Portsmouth areas.

Does that demographic change the way a newspaper has to cover local events? How do you balance items of military versus civilian interest? This week, Photo Journal looks for answers to these questions and more as we take a look inside the photo operations of The Virginian-Pilot through the eyes of its very spirited Director of Photography Randall Greenwell.

Read the interview here: