The May/June 2019 edition of the South Carolina Wildlife magazine is talking trash...

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The pictures are amazing and the stories inspire us to experience the wonders of this great state, but the real story is the staff of the Wildlife magazine. Read their thoughts about how stories are featured...

How does the editor determine what story will be featured?

Joey Fraizer, SCW Editor

Joey Fraizer, Editor - I consider the seasons of the year, and what game animals, birds or fish are "in season." Then there are stories that are especially important to the agency or those that may be of particular interest to the public.

Of course, we are always considering which stories will have the most impact on the SCDNR’s mission.

As managing editor, how do you establish the flow of the stories selected?

Cindy Thompson, SCW Managing Editor

Cindy Thompson, Managing Editor - I will never forget one of the most important lessons taught to me by one of my journalism professors: Write about what you know. Although it’s impossible to know everything about everything, we can immerse ourselves into different worlds, step into the shoes of our colleagues, take time to listen and learn something new.

With each story that I write for South Carolina Wildlife, reconnecting people to the outdoors is priority number one. Albert Einstein may have said it best, “Look! Look! Look deep into nature and you will understand everything.”

Where do you get your inspiration when you are in the zone when taking pictures for the stories that will be featured?

Maria LaRooca, Art Director - When I’m taking photos for a story, I learn as much as I can about it first to help me determine what kind of photos I’ll need. I try to consider what would be good for magazine layout purposes and come up with a couple of interesting ways to illustrate the opening spread. If I’m doing more of a studio setup for a photo illustration, I plan all the details before I shoot – the subject or object, the lighting, and location.

If the story calls for documentary style photography, I figure out loosely what kind of photos I want based on the location and what I’m expecting to find when I get there. Once I’m there, I start exploring. I try to get a variety of shots from different angles so that once I get the chance to read the story, I can select the photos that work best with it.