Bridget Fetsko

I am a third-year photojournalism student at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). I am currently the President of RIT's Student Chapter of NPPA. At RIT, I photograph for Reporter Magazine and University News and I am a photo editor for RIT SportsZone. This summer, I worked as a photographer and videographer at Camp Stomping Ground.



Photojournalism has the ability to foster conversation and understanding. I enjoy being challenged in my work and finding stories that need to be told. Empathy and respect are key in telling people's stories and I feel so lucky every time I have the opportunity to do so. 

In high school, I worked as the photo editor for The IHS Tattler and shadowed a local photographer. I incorporated photography into two service trips to the Dominican Republic as well as a senior project in which I explored the lives of nine families in my hometown, Ithaca, N.Y. I also attended RIT's summer photojournalism workshop for high school students. It was my introduction to the idea that photojournalism could be a career.

In my first year at RIT, I took part in a community journalism class in which the eight students in our class collaborated on a project, If These Walls Could Talk, discussing refugees in Rochester, N.Y. and the idea of home. Our goal was to foster discussion between people with differing opinions and to show the ways these people are connected.

In the summer after my first year at RIT, I travelled to Kosovo for six weeks as part of a peace and conflict studies program and took a course on documentary projects. This experience allowed me to explore topics relating to educational discrimination and women's issues. It also made me think about community journalism and how the subjects of our work can play a part in telling their own stories. 

During my second year, I was able to explore a variety of topics and roles within the photojournalism industry. I took classes about climate change, trauma, and leadership and began exploring editing and management positions, while continuing to work on my skills as a photographer. As an independent study, I co-produced the RIT PJ program's coverage of the NYS Special Olympics Winter Games with Emily Hunt.

While at RIT, I hope to continue building my skillset to include more multimedia storytelling and leadership in order to discover what my best fit is. I'm very interested in the intersections between visual storytelling and advocacy. 



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