A newspaper photographer contributes much more than just images on a daily basis.
With News photographer Julie Mercer retiring after 30 years in her role, it is a reminder newspapers, photographers and journalists are helping to document history.
Although we now have a handheld device where we can snap photos to our heart’s content, in 100 years’ time when researchers look back on the Goulburn Valley from 1988-2018, it will be largely Julie’s images they turn to.
It will not be the many Facebook or Instagram posts that they delve into to get a snapshot of what the district was like.
Rather, it will be the archived newspapers where many of Julie’s photographs feature front and centre, that they will turn to.
In the past 30 years, there has been many changes throughout the district, not to mention at national and global levels.
While technology has taken a huge toll on not only the media industry but also on several others, there will always be an importance placed on reporting local news.
People living in regional areas enjoy having curated content which applies solely to the area they live in and it is because of dedicated people like Julie that this is possible.
The images in today’s News double-page spread on pages 6 and 7 are simply a snapshot of the incredible work Julie has done during the years.
Take a look at some of her favourite images which also provide a reflection of her time here at The News in the past three decades.