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Archived Version 2019 - 2020

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This course is designed for journalism students who recognise that the ability to do journalism with a still camera is important in today's digital media world, and that this trend toward full multi-media reporting will become more pronounced, rather than less, as the reporting of news moves onto the web.

Learning Outcomes

1. Take technically competent and journalistically legitimate photographs using manual settings on a digital 35mm camera
2. Explain why one set of settings -- aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance-- was chosen over another set for the given image
3. Complete journalistic photo assignments, both self-assigned and assigned by an assigning editor, to entry-level professional standards
4. Demonstrate the ability to act as a professional journalist using a still camera as the primary tool
5. Write appropriate captions for news and newsfeature photographs

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22lectures and demonstrations
Lecture45weekly photo assignments, shooting and processing
Assignment Completion58final photo story
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Introduction to photography and photographic processes

photography as journalistic tool, placing still images in the digital news world

life of a professional photojournalist

all important work flows and file management

life on the street. Legal rights and ethical obligations

news values, newsworthiness

Editing dos and don'ts

Things you can do with a Ph.D (Push here, Dummy)

Things you need an SLR for

Planning a photo story

The great photographers, past and present

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
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TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Kenneth Kobre: 2004, Photojournalism: The Professional's Choice, 5th, all, Focal Press, Oxford and New York,
  • Associated Press: 0, Guide to Photojournalism,
Other Resources

15053, website, Magnum, 0, MagnumPhotos.com, www.magnumphotos.com, 15054, website, VII, 0, VII Photo Cooperative, www.viiphoto.com, 15069, website, 2015, masters-of-photography.com, 15056, website, LIFE galleries, 0, www.time-life.com, 15057, website, 2012, cambridge-in-colour.com, 15070, website, jon sochor, 2015, JonSochor.com, www.jonsochor.com,
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