Graduate Student Spotlight: Chad Rhym, Photojournalist
Along with my research and studies in the department, I take pride in my side-commitment of furthering my photojournalism career as well. From serving as the managing editor of the Maroon Tiger, Morehouse College's student-publication, to serving as both a photojournalism intern at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and fellow at the New York Times Student Journalism Institute, I have found journalism has served as an alternative avenue for me to apply my sociological imagination and lens into the narratives I am assigned to photograph throughout my career. Furthermore, I have found that working as a freelance photographer has genuinely acquainted me into the communities through documenting various stories and perspectives.
Since my time in Iowa, I have been featured in the New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Des Moines Registrar, The Iowa City Press-Citizen, and Little Village Magazine. My first assignment for the New York Times was a general task of reporting how various Iowa businesses and establishments have responded to the pandemic, in late summer 2020, I spent an incredibly hot Saturday vising various sites from clinics to John's Grocery speaking with Iowans about this unprecedented year and photographing their daily routines. My second assignment for the New York Times was to spend an afternoon with an Iowa-born professional baseball player, Colin Rea, who has not been permitted to travel to Japan to train with his team the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. Additionally, for the April issue of Little Village Magazine, I was commissioned to shoot portraits of several Iowa City families for an article about how parents about their experiences with their children during quarantine.