Field notes: How one Monitor photographer focuses on the big picture

Monitor photographer Riley Robinson wasn’t sure what to expect when she arrived at police headquarters in Dallas with reporting partner Henry Gass.

The police perspective was important to their story on violence prevention efforts featured on the cover of the May 13 issue of The Christian Science Monitor Weekly magazine. But law enforcement is notoriously guarded about press access, particularly when it comes to photography. So Riley was concerned that she might not get what she needed to accompany the story.

It wasn’t until an officer handed Riley and Henry waivers to sign that it became clear they were going out in the field on what’s known as a ride-along.

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