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June 11, 2009

Blog Guy, you write a lot about photojournalism. Is that a good career?

The very best, except for blogging.

High praise indeed! What’s the single best thing about the job?

That’s easy. The cheerleaders! All news photographers have pro cheerleaders who stand behind them at events and do supportive cheers while the shooters snap away. Here, look at this photo from a Lakers game.

I don’t believe that for an instant.

It’s true! Just watch the next presidential news conference or NATO Summit or hurricane or whatever, and watch for the pompoms and skimpy outfits.

Wait. What if a photographer can’t afford a cheerleader?

Now you’re just being silly. That’s what expense accounts are for.

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Los Angeles Laker Girls perform behind photographers on the sidelines during Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Orlando Magic in Los Angeles June 7, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Blake

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Remember that picture of Jack Nicholson’s belly button you showed a couple of days ago? Yeah, I’m thinking this is probably a better way to go.

Posted by Bandage | Report as abusive

are they pointing at a potential shot? if so, the photographers aren’t really paying any attention.

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Apparently these cheerleaders have to tell the players which way to run with the ball. That is the reason why team owners make sure they are highly visible!@Bandage, I couldn’t agree more with you. Out of aesthetic sensitivity, I’d say this is probably a better way to go.

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