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Course: JRN225

First Term: 2016 Fall
Lec + Lab   3.00 Credit(s)   3.00 Period(s)   3.00 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Reporting the news as a photojournalist, with emphasis on the development and creation of news photographs. Experience in shooting, editing and transmitting digital photos using professional photo editing and design software.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Compare and contrast the roles and responsibilities of photojournalists in contemporary photojournalism. (I)
2. Describe the appropriate functions needed on computers, scanners, printers with digital imaging/editing and related software. (I, II)
3. Demonstrate ability to edit and transmit electronic images. (I, II, IV)
4. Apply digital composition principles by creating appropriate cropping, sizing and cutlines for photographs. (II)
5. Demonstrate ability to take photographs in the traditional categories of news, sports, features and business. (III)
6. Assemble ideas and newsworthy information into photographic form that tells a whole story. (IV, VI)
7. Describe and demonstrate journalistic ethics and responsibilities as they apply to photojournalism. (V)
8. Edit digital images and video using professional editing software. (VI)
9. Evaluate photographs based on professional standards. (VI)
10. Identify and describe a variety of careers in the field of photojournalism. (VII)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Role of photography in a digital world
   A. Characteristics of photojournalism
   B. Print and online counterparts as visual mediums
   C. Attracting readers with the use of visuals (graphics and photographs)
   D. Covering the news with a camera

II. Digital composition and professional photo-editing software
   A. Photo editing methods
   B. Cropping
   C. Proportioning
   D. Proofing and output
   E. Entire, Details, Frame, Angle, Time (EDFAT) formula in stills and video
   F. Color correction
   G. Shooting for video

III. Photographer as reporter
   A. Think visually
   B. Professional behavior
   C. Assignments management
   D. Capturing images that speak, compel, and evoke emotion
   E. Writing complete, accurate cutlines to professional standards
   F. Image file management

IV. Typography and photos
   A. Balance and symmetry
   B. Presentation design and formatting
   C. Using photographs to promote text

V. Legal and ethical issues
   A. Accuracy
   B. Privacy
   C. Ethics, truth, and honesty in photo reporting
   D. Cropping and photo manipulation
   E. Access to public records

VI. Photo essay, photo page and photo story
   A. Telling a story through photographs
   B. Display headlines, text boxes and photos
   C. Large vs small: Placement and size
   D. Archiving and indexing
   E. Introduction to nonlinear (video) editing

VII. Employment in photojournalism
   A. Creating the professional portfolio
   B. Newspapers
   C. Magazines
   D. The virtual world
   E. Entrepreneurial photojournalism

MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: April 26, 2016

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