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Photojournalism Practice I

Course CodeBPH302
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

Gain valuable journalism experience by publishing photos for a student publication.

This course takes you through the processes of selection and publishing for a specific publication, submitting work for publication, and meeting the requirements of an editor and publisher. Under the guidance of a mentor (a photography/publishing tutor), you will learn to write according to specific criteria, deal with a publisher, and communicate effectively with others involved in the publishing process. And, you will come away with at least one published work (maybe more), which will set you on the path to a career as a writer. No matter what you want to write, you will find this a great learning experience.

Prerequisites

  • A writing or publishing course (eg. Freelance Writing, Publishing I, Editing I) or equivalent
  • Medium level computer skills, or higher (eg. Competence with Photoshop or similar software)
  • Photo Practice, or equivalent

Study photography from home!

Lesson Structure

There are 11 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Photojournalism -a short history
  2. Ethics and Photojournalism
  3. What Should I Photograph?
  4. How Should I Photograph It?
  5. Photo Stories / Editing Images
  6. Publishing Opportunities
  7. Working to Specification / Problem Based Learning
  8. Publishing Using Online Management Systems
  9. Taking Photos and Submitting Images
  10. Writing Articles and Captions to Accompany Your Image
  11. Revising Submitted Work

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


This module gives you hands-on experience in shooting for a publication. You will work with a tutor (member of our academic staff) who will oversee your role as a photographer for an online publication, for one edition of that publication.

 


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Lesson Structure

There are 11 lessons in this course:

  1. A Short History of Photojournalism
    • Overview
    • History of photojournalism
    • Famous photographers
    • Margaret Bourke-White
    • Gordon Parks
    • Diane Arbus
    • Nick Ut
    • Larry Burrows
  2. Ethics and Photojournalism
    • Hypothetical
    • What is ethics
    • Schools of Philosophy
    • Utilitarianism
    • Rationalism
    • Humanism
    • Kant
    • Socratese
    • Other philosophers
    • Digital manipulation and ethics
    • How wthical is digital manipulation
    • Real life
    • Codes of ethics
    • Guidelines for making ethical decisions
    • Ethics in practice
  3. What Should I Photograph?
    • Composition
    • Things to consider
    • Camera techniques to help with composition
    • Principles of photographic composition
    • Qualities of the components
    • Effects of different angles on the subject
    • Legal issues
  4. How Should I Photograph It?
    • Terms to learn and understand
    • Depth of field
    • Digital vs conventional photography
    • Shutter speed
    • Development of photographic style
    • Equipment and materials
    • Sensiometry
    • Lighting
  5. Photo Stories / Editing Images
    • Overview
    • Ethics of digital manipulation
    • Controversy of fairy photos
    • Correctly interpreting photos
  6. Publishing Opportunities
    • Overview
    • Portfolio
    • Online portfolio
    • Direct portfolios
    • Slide portfolios
    • CD's
    • Using flash
    • Music
    • Standing out
    • Writing a cover letter
    • Your resume
    • Creating a job hunt database
    • How to get work
    • How to find a job
    • What type of clients do you want
  7. Working to Specification / Problem Based Learning
    • Overview
    • Photography specifications
    • Consistency
    • PBL Project to develop and draft submission specifications for an electronic publication and then shoot a photo story which meets these specifications. You firstly need to identify two possible subjects for a photo story for that publication, and then follow one of these stories for an extended period of time. You will then select and edit your images - to meet the specifications created for that publication.
  8. Publishing Using Online Management Systems
    • Types of digital files
    • Publishing online
  9. Taking Photos and Submitting Images
    • Portraiture vs photojournalsm
    • Sports photography
    • Freezing action
    • Blurring movement
    • Panning
    • Sports photography using a digital SLR
    • Photographing an event
    • Submitting images for publication
  10. Writing Articles and Captions to Accompany Your Image
    • Overview
    • Sentences and phrases
    • Writing effective sentences
    • Choosing effective words
    • Paragraphs
    • Punctuation
    • Newsworthy articles
    • News values
    • Storyline
    • Writing a news article
    • Writing captions
  11. Revising Submitted Work
    • Overview
    • Tips to improve your work

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Aims

  • Discuss the nature and scope of photojournalism
  • Explore the issues of ethics in photojournalism and develop an understanding of your own biases.
  • Explore the composition of photographs and associated legal issues.
  • Revise basic terms used in photojournalism.
  • Explain the photo story and the effect of editing and placement on the meaning of an image.
  • Research International web sites for publishing and looking at work
  • Explain publishing specifications, and apply that understanding to specific photography tasks.
  • Develop an understanding of online management systems.
  • Improve your Photography Style and submitting images for publication
  • Develop your writing abilities to accompany your images.
  • Revise your Submitted Work

How to Get Work as a Photojournalist

Employers and customers decide who to employ based upon many things, including:

  • Knowledge and skills
  • Experience
  • Speed and Accuracy
  • Attitude and Enthusiasm
  • Problem Solving Abilities –systemic and lateral thinking
  • References, Endorsements –What past employers say about you
  • Uniqueness –being a little different
  • Contacts/Networking –Who you know
  • Formal Qualifications

No single thing will ever ensure success in a job interview, or engagement of your services.
Learning and building all of these things is a life long endeavour. People who grow these assets will grow their careers and be successful in good times and bad.

Do not make the mistake of thinking it is as simple as getting a qualification and being set for life. Qualifications can help get the attention of an employer; but they have very little long term impact on your career.
The long term impact comes from what you learnt when you studied; and how you built on that after studying.
ENROL, LEARN AND MOVE YOUR PHOTOJOURNALISM OPPORTUNITIES FORWARD



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