Photojournalism, Introduction
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 36.0
Credit Value: 2.5
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Fall 2016
Prerequisites: VDES70029
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: VDES70029 Intermediate Digital Photography

Program(s): Photography - Digital
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20160906_02
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: Students are required to supply: (a) Their own Digital SLR camera system that captures RAW files, including flash (speedlight) and preferably a range of lenses, and all relevant cards (b) Portable hard drives and / or USB keys

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Study theory and contemporary practices of Photojournalism and documentary photography as related to visual non-fictional story telling. Research story ideas, apply appropriate equipment and techniques, and maintain high ethical standards. Tune your eye with the work of prominent photojournalists and learn the evolving expectations of the fast-changing world of print and digital media. Students will be welcomed to an introduction to the theory and practice of Photojournalism and documentary photography. Exploration of photography in all aspects of a photojournalistic approach to news. An introduction to techniques of Photojournalism, including composition, lighting, and computer editing of reportage style photographs, while maintaining high ethical standards. Students will learn how to news style caption writing to complete the visual part of the story. Students can expect to information on getting exposure and promoting yourself as a photographer and a journalist. NOTE: Bring a DSLR or other digital stills camera that shoots in RAW format.

Program Context

Photography - Digital Program Coordinator(s): N/A

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course, students will have demonstrated the ability to
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Characterize high-risk situations where the photographer has no control over events or people
  2. Understand the evolution of photojournalism and its significance in todays visually oriented world
  3. Identify the requirements of professional level photojournalism
  4. Differentiate requirements of high standard photojournalism photos
  5. Evaluate photographs based on accepted professional standards
  6. Determine the difference in photographic assignments between sports, news, features, and human interest stories
  7. Recognize photographers rights and ethical standards of photojournalism
  8. Utilize necessary equipment to gain technical skill and ability of modern photojournalism

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar
Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

  • Portfolio
  • Interview

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: Multiple Professors
Resource(s): N/A
Applicable student group(s): Continuing Education Students - 12 Week (Andrew Maidanik)
Course Details:

Students can expect lectures on:

  • Modern Photojournalism: blog creation using Wordpress, social networking, and exposure as a modern day photographer
  • Local events: unplanned vs. planned
  • Environmental portraits, photographing people in their ‘natural environment’, photographing strangers
  • Flash photography
  • Sports photography
  • Spot News photography: dealing with police and security, your rights and obligations as a photojournalist
  • Event photography: documentary style weddings and event coverage
  • Political photography: election campaigns
  • Ethics in Photojournalism: just because you can, doesn’t mean you should
  • Photojournalism over the years: memorable photographs and memorable photojournalists
  • Freelancing in today’s marketplace
  • Editing photographs
  • Application of photojournalists skills and technical to other types of commercial photography in today’s marketplace 

Sheridan Policies

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Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

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Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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