It’s been a tough month for Nelson Wadsworth, legend of photojournalism in Utah and professor to many of the state’s journalists and photographers. If you’re friends with Nelson on Facebook, you can read his account of the bad turns of health both he and his wife Gayle are currently enduring.
A highlight of it all was an impromptu reunion of twenty or so former students.
Former Deseret News photographer Garry Bryant posted some photos of the gathering, and wrote this:
Thanking a journalism mentor was a small gathering of students that span three decades at the top three universities teaching journalism and photojournalism. The gathered students were split 50/50, several sent best wishes. Nelson shaked his head and stated, “Journalism has taken a bad turn in the past few years, & sadly photojournalism is a dead profession.”
On Facebook, Nelson says, “In retrospect on my lifetime of teaching, all I ever attempted to do was motivate students to practice the true and viable principles of journalism. I realized it was not something that could be learned out a textbook. These principles are learned when you practice them. Thus the heavy emphasis on “doing” rather than pontificating in the classroom.”