Bridget Fetsko

I am a second-year photojournalism student at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). I am currently the Secretary 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. I recently co-produced the RIT PJ program's coverage of the NYS Special Olympics Winter Games.

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. 

I was interested in photography from a young age, using my dad's DLSR any time I could and always looking for ways to learn more. 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. 

In the summer of 2015, I attended the summer photojournalism workshop for high school students at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). It was my introduction to the idea that photojournalism could be a career and I was instantly hooked.

In my first year at RIT, I took 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 on issues surrounding refugees and to show the ways these people are connected despite opposing views.

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. 

This semester, I have been able to explore a variety of topics and roles within the photojournalism industry. I am taking classes about climate change, trauma, and leadership. I am also exploring editing and management positions, while continuing to work on my skills as a photographer. 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. 

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