My TV Debut and What It Taught Me

January 2006
by Jim Jamieson

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The more I learn about the
publishing industry, the more amazed I am by how much creative freedom and
opportunity are within reach of unknown authors and small publishers.


As a nature and wildlife photographer,
I founded ImageStream Press in 2003 to draw attention to our natural resources
and the need for conservation and preservation. This year we published our
third title. When I’m working as a photographer, I often use monotonous travel
time to reflect on photography, my business, new book concepts, and visions for
the future.


One such time got me thinking
about how to communicate best to Minnesotans who might be interested in our
books that feature the state’s great parks, wildlife refuges, and natural
areas. The Minnesota State Fair came to mind. It marks the end of summer in our
great state as the vivid fall colors—the very things I feature in my
photography books—emerge in our wonderful outdoors.


Our local NBC television
affiliate, KARE-11, has a longstanding tradition of live shows from the
Minnesota State Fair on Saturday mornings, which often feature local artists as
well as state fair attractions, weather, and news. The host, Belinda Jensen, is
the station’s weekend meteorologist and an active participant in the community
and in environmental stories. This seemed like the perfect forum for an

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