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A days work

A day in the life of a photojournalist. Some days are slow. Many are non-stop. Assignments can be spontaneous and range in topics. That keeps the job interesting.

Yesterday was no exception. I went to the high school to get art for a story on College GO Week. There weren’t a lot of photogenic opportunities. I was told that teachers were invited to wear shirts from their colleges. I found a teacher that would let me sit in on his class for a little bit to get a few shots of him is his Purdue apparel.

Bill Wessler wears his Purdue shirt Thursday afternoon while teaching a government class at New Castle Chrysler High School during College Go Week. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

Bill Wessler wears his Purdue shirt Thursday afternoon while teaching a government class at New Castle Chrysler High School during College GO Week. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

Bill Wessler wears his Purdue shirt Thursday afternoon while teaching a government class at New Castle Chrysler High School during College Go Week. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

Bill Wessler wears his Purdue shirt Thursday afternoon while teaching a government class at New Castle Chrysler High School during College GO Week. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

Shortly after getting back in the office, a call came over the police scanner for a house fire in a neighboring town. I rushed down there since the dispatcher kept calling in more and more departments to help fight the blaze. As it turns out, this home predates the Civil War and was a stop in the Underground Railroad.

Firefighters finish extinguishing a house fire Thursday afternoon in Spiceland. The homeowners were downstairs when a neighbor alerted them of the fire which was visible in the upstairs windows. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

Firefighters finish extinguishing a house fire Thursday afternoon in Spiceland. The homeowners were downstairs when a neighbor alerted them of the fire which was visible in the upstairs windows. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

A firefighter communicates out of a second story window with crews on the ground Thursday afternoon while trying to locate hot spots in a home in Spiceland. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

A firefighter communicates out of a second story window with crews on the ground Thursday afternoon while trying to locate hot spots in a home in Spiceland. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

Joey Cunningham, assistant fire chief at the Spiceland Volunteer Fire Department, looks out a second story window Thursday afternoon after extinguishing a house fire in Spiceland. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

Joey Cunningham, assistant fire chief at the Spiceland Volunteer Fire Department, looks out a second story window Thursday afternoon after extinguishing a house fire in Spiceland. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

Covering the fire made me late to a tennis match but I got there in time to get a few shots of the final matches.

New Castle's A.J. York volleys against an Anderson player Thursday afternoon during the No. 3 singles match. York lost in two sets, 6-3, 6-4. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

New Castle's A.J. York volleys against an Anderson player Thursday afternoon during the No. 3 singles match. York lost in two sets, 6-3, 6-4. (C-T photo Max Gersh) ©2010

After that, I had to rush back to the office to make sure I got all of the photos edited and in the system before deadline.

Busy days are fun days as long as you have enough time to devote to each assignment.

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