J480: Advanced Photojournalism

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Welcome to advanced photojournalism. We will build on the foundation learned in JOMC 80, and prepare for real-world photojournalism. Every emphasis will be made to propel you into professional situations such as internships and jobs. I will critique and grade your work as if you are an entry-level professional. You will behave as a staff photographer at a newspaper for which I am your Director of Photography. You will be expected to contribute in any way possible to enhance our visual product and the learning environment. I will expect you to treat your subjects, classmates, and instructor with professionalism, courtesy and respect.

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<strong>Goals</strong>
• Prepare each student for entry-level work as a photojournalist (internship).
•Build a comprehensive photojournalism portfolio.
•Gain a concrete understanding of professional photojournalism including necessary techniques, ethics and terminology.

<strong>Objectives
</strong>At the end of the semester students will be able to:
•Analyze variables and make critical decisions on equipment, technique, aesthetics and ethics on assignment in the field.
•Write informative captions.
•Produce visually storytelling picture packages on a variety of subjects.
•Research, propose and execute photo story ideas.
•Develop a professional portfolio including cover letter, captions and resume.
•Realistically identify potential employers for internships and jobs.

• ASSIGNMENTS
You will complete three shooting exercises, six shooting assignments, and a written picture story proposal. You will also have two exams. Your final portfolio will be considered as your final exam.

• READING
You will have reading most weeks. Reading cards will be collected before the corresponding lecture and will frequently be discussed in class.

• EXAMS
You will have two exams. They will be on readings, class lectures, and current events. You are responsible for any information presented in class, whether it is in the reading or not.

• MEDIA & IDEAS
You will need to read various media to find events to photograph, story ideas and stay informed. You must subscribe to the Raleigh News and Observer and bring it to class. You will be required to turn in five photo ideas over the semester. Tests will include current events. In addition, you should be analyzing photography in print and on the web.

• DEADLINES
All assignments will be turned in to locked folders on the server. I will go by the time and date on the file to determine if it was on time. Late assignments due to an exposure or processing disaster or other emergency will be accepted twice and be docked one letter grade per week. The third and subsequent missed deadlines will result in a zero.

• ATTENDANCE
Attendance in class and PhotoNight is mandatory. Excessive absences may lower your grade or result in you being dropped from the course. If you need an excused absence, you must notify me by phone or e-mail before the start of class. It is your responsibility to obtain material and information from any missed class.

• TIME
You will need to commit 3-4 hours or more out of class per week to complete assignments, lab work and reading. Manage your time well.

• INCOMPLETE
A grade of incomplete will be assigned in only the most extenuating circumstance and at my discretion.

• HONOR CODE
It is expected that all students will operate within the requirements of the honor code. All work must be your own, must be done specifically for this class, and should be done with the high level of honesty and integrity that this University demands.

<strong>Grading</strong>
Grading is done on a point scale. You will be graded on the standard of an entry-level professional or intern. Each photo assignment will be evaluated based on the criteria below.

<strong>Criteria</strong>
• Journalistic Merit (Captions, publish quality, storytelling value, emotion and moment quality, informational quality, news value, social significance).
• Aesthetic Merit (Composition, light, graphics, motion, technique).
• Technical Merit (Proper exposure, scanning, color correction, presentation).

<em>The criteria may be weighted differently based on the nature of the assignment.</em>

Exercises

Assignments

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