I think the photo-journalist approach is to look for ways to subtly (or otherwise) let the image describe the scene. This image can only have been taken in Greece. It's a little short on clues showing precisely where in Greece (the Acropolis, of course) but that wasn't my intention - my pre-visualisation (such as it was) here was to show that Greece is beautiful, sunny, and popular. This one was a relatively easy image to make work. My journalism skills are still developing, but even the practice is fun.
Didn't quite get this one. I've others where the flag is blowing fully open in the breeze but the friends are out of focus. A journalist wouldn't ethically patch the two images together. Mind you even as it stands it's fairly obvious where we are.
By contrast, I think a more artful image would purposefully leave much to interpretation.
If that's you in the image, say hello.