Deadline Every Second

San Francisco State University Photo and Video Journalism Professor Ken Kobré secured unprecedented access to the photographers who deliver stunning images for the Associated Press, the world’s largest picture agency. Ken went behind the scenes to document 12 top AP photographers in the U.S. (from California wildfires to Wall Street), Europe (from 10 Downing St. to the Tour de France) and the Middle East (from the West Bank and Gaza to Israel). He followed along as photographers covered demonstrations in Greece and San Francisco, the earthquake in Haiti, a U.S. Marine patrol in Afghanistan and an assassination attempt in Pakistan, and more.

Once complete, Ken wanted to schedule screenings of the documentary, which he titled Deadline Every Second: On Assignment with 12 Associated Press Photojournalists. I secured the locations and handled all the logistics and publicity for the tour.

The Result

We screened the documentary at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Columbia University in New York City, UCLA in Los Angeles and the City Club of San Francisco. After the screenings, Ken facilitated lively panel discussions with several of the AP photographers featured in the documentary. Since then, Deadline Every Second has been shown at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, University of Southern California, National College Journalism Convention in Seattle and at international showings at Alliance Francaise in Paris, the National Photography Conference in Athens, Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan and Artkontact in Lljublijana, Slovenia. The documentary received great response, with PBS then broadcasting it on several stations.

Deadline Every Second is available on Amazon.

Among the reviews

“This is f****** great. …a journey into the unseen world of news photojournalism and what it takes to bring back the images the public takes for granted every day. We meet the brave, cunning and talented photographers who deliver the world to our homes and experience some of what they have endure to get the job done.”

– PF Bentley, former TIME magazine photojournalist

“Every AP photographer has to find two photos of every news event. The … shot editors always want & the unexpected shot they don’t know they want. It’s a nearly impossible task, but the shooters in this doc show you how they do it, day in and day out.” ­

– Steve Wolgast, News Photographer magazine

“When it comes to Mary Thorsby, I’m a huge fan.”

Mary managed the logistics and promotions for screenings of Deadline Every Second, my documentary on 12 Associated Press photographers. We held events in Washington, D.C., New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the results. Mary took care of everything, ensuring that our website was up to date, social media channels were abuzz and that traditional media covered the events, as well. She helped make my dream a reality when PBS began broadcasting the documentary nationally.

Mary also delivered an excellent chapter for my Videojournalism: Multimedia Storytelling textbook. She interviewed leading journalism websites for a chapter on “Marketing the Story.” Her work was thorough, fun to read and very easy to edit.


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