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2022-2023 General Catalog 
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PHT 288 - Photography in Journalism

Last Date of Approval: December 2022

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 15
Total Lab Hours: 60
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
Students will learn to shoot and select photographic images that clearly communicate stories to their viewers. Collaborative activities will consist of working with writers to illustrate news stories and meet deadlines. The ethics of photography in journalism will also be examined, including bias. Projects, which include photographing a variety of people and events, will encourage the creation of dynamic images that convey information in a clear and compelling way. Students will gain real-world experience by attending and photographing various college and community events. Students are required to participate in the college photography show. This course offers a unique practical approach to learning journalism and photography ethics which will benefit them in the classroom, in life, and in the workforce.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None

Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: Course Materials: $75.00

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate proper use a digital SLR camera by varying such things as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings in a way which are used to specifically tell a story and capture moments as they occur in the photojournalistic field.
  2. Calculate the basic elements of principles of composition and writing captions as they apply to Photography in Journalism.
  3. Demonstrate how journalistic ethics apply to photojournalism, especially in a world of digital photography where image altering has become so easy.
  4. Report how photographs are used to communicate in different media including: newspapers, magazines, books and online websites and distinguish between the demands of journalistic photography and those of fine art photography.
  5. Administer the importance of working with a staff and/or writer to illustrate the story being reported
  6. Analyze common, ordinary objects and occurrences, and photograph them in a way the viewing public will find new and compelling.

Course Objectives

  1. Assemble how to tell a story through still images.
  2. Distinguish the nature and scope of photojournalism, and describe the meaning.
  3. Demonstrate ability to compose an image for journalistic purposes-one that tells a story.
  4. Organize visualize content; use the camera as an extension of the eye; know what is visually newsworthy
  5. Demonstrate ability to shoot the three kinds of journalistic images”spot” news (live events) photos to illustrate a feature story set-ups (staged events - ceremonies, awards, committees, etc.)
  6. Plan personal responsibility through active and consistent class participation.

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