Student Spotlight: Miguel Martinez, a student – and teacher – of photography

On Tuesday afternoons, Miguel Martinez, a junior at Rowan University, drives from Glassboro to Northwestern Philadelphia to teach photography to high school students. He shows them camera settings, how to frame shots, and sends them out to document the surrounding area.

“Philadelphia is a fun neighborhood,” said Martinez. “There’s a lot to see, so I just take them outside sometimes.”

Martinez, a Radio, Television and Film major with minors in Journalism and Advertising, is also a photographer for The Whit. He hopes to pass on some of his love of photojournalism to his students and teach them “how to compose stories through photos.”

His passion for photography started while in high school when he joined an WHYY after-school program. He was later accepted as an intern in their photojournalism department, where he met freelance photographer Jessica Kourkounis. With the help of Kourkounis, he participated in the apprentice program for The New York Times and is also currently freelancing for WHYY.

He recently published his first article, which involved not only shooting photos, but writing in English, which is not his first language.

“I was really happy that I accepted the challenge,” he said. “By the end of article, I was really excited I have actually accomplished my first publication.”

Photos by Miguel Martinez

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