Tensions between religious groups in the Central African Republic

Crossed Fates in Central African Republic is a photojournalism story written by Whitney Richardson, and was published to The New York Times blog Lens on Feb. 18, 2015.

The story follows Australian photographer Sam Phelps and his trip to the Central African Republic, and involves the rising tensions between religious groups in the area, most notably between the Seleka, a Muslim rebel group, and the Anti-Balaka, which is comprised mostly of Christian militants.

The photos in the story were photographed by Sam Phelps and were in black and white, and taking place in December 2014. The photo gallery consisted of 21 photographs, while the story itself had three. Overall the piece had 24 photos. What worked was that the photos were powerful in capturing human, emotion. You can see in these peoples eyes that there is a problem going on, and its having a negative effect on their every day lives. What also worked was that the descriptions were great, they did a good job of informing you of what’s going on within the photograph, and they also added more detail.

The overall story seemed to work great for the most part; there wasn’t anything that was really wrong with its presentation or writing. They both worked well hand in hand, not only showing Phelps experience taking the photos but the people he took the photos of.

As for Social Media, Phelps, the photographer of all the photos in the piece does great of job. Looking back on his twitter page generally phelps tweeted a lot, while working on the piece as well as posting the photos on istagram.

Sexy Haircut salon in Boda, Central African Republic.

A photo posted by Sam Phelps (@samphelps) on Dec 9, 2014 at 10:24am PST

The article itself has the option to be shared, tweeted and even posted on facebook, also allowing readers to comment on it. However no comments have been made as the story itself is still fairly new. But phelps did tweet about it.

This is a journalistic piece because through the photos itself, it shows the story of what’s going on right now in the Central African Republic. The story itself might not be as it just follows Phelps’s experience and what he did more then the actual conflict itself. Overall, though it is a good piece of journalism.


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