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Michael Shaw

Berkeley, CA
Publisher — Reading The Pictures
Covers:  instagram, news photos, visual media, media, politics, visual politics, photography, twitter, visual spin, photojournalism, visual culture

Dedicated to the daily analysis of news photos and media images. Official feed of the non-profit Reading The Pictures. Also writing for @CJR.

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Michael Shaw is a Clinical Psychologist, an analyst of news photos and visual journalism, and a frequent lecturer and writer on visual politics and media literacy. His research has dealt with creative process visual thinking and how metaphors can lead to psychological insight. The founder and pu...

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@ReadingThePix — 10,988 followers, 12,409 tweets

May 24, 2017

At end of the day, #Pope charms/disarms w protocol quip and deadpan q if she feeds Donald a delicacy from home. Total class. @Pontifex https://t.co/69ftpAebsg

May 24, 2017

Like #homelessness is not just a #class distinction, but a moral deficiency. They aren't heroes, they're human. https://t.co/8t1dMiFnAJ https://t.co/81e5cwxW95

May 24, 2017

Of the few shots catching Trump passing #WestBank separation wall, this most ironic. Against Temple Mount & peace dove. #TrumpInIsrael 📷@AFP https://t.co/g9H1x7oFMx

May 24, 2017

We meant a normal WH would use pix by their own photographer instead of wire pix, as is the case here, making them look awful. Don't get it. https://t.co/M1Emy5yW24

May 24, 2017

Likely most honest photo of @POTUS @Pontifex visit. You can count on @AP's @EvanVucci. And you can cut the tension w a knife. #TrumpItaly https://t.co/etVuyooWQ8

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What was your first job as a journalist?

Same as the one I have now. Publisher of BagNewsNotes.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Certainly. For years.

How is social media changing news?

How isn't it? Picture-wise, the photo has come into its own as a stand-alone communication vehicle and editorial entity.