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Key points of Photo Journalism
Marilyn Indahl, Photographer, Assistant
Minneapolis | MN | USA | Posted: 5:28 PM on 12.03.04
->> I work as an assistant to the Instructor of the Photography and Digital Imaging Department in a 2 year Tech college. This summer we will be offering our first ever Photo Journalism workshop. We plan to discuss ethics, like not setting up shots and not altering the content of your photos, etc. We hope to jam pack this eight session workshop to give our students a taste of photojournalism.

What other key points do you feel are important to discuss?
Any suggestions for assignments?
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Jenn Jedynak, Photographer
Cache Bay | ON | Canada | Posted: 2:38 AM on 12.04.04
->> Marilyn, if you type in the word ethics in the search field of Sports Shooter and change the drop down box to search all, a wealth of topics will come up that discuss what you're looking for.
Also,Poynter Online has an entire section of its website devoted to ethics, for both journalists and photojournalists. You might want to check it out for some more topics and ideas for your workshop.
http://www.poynter.org/subject.asp?id=32
Good Luck
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Jamm Aquino, Photographer, Student/Intern
Honolulu | HI | usa | Posted: 3:28 AM on 12.04.04
->> Marilyn,
Yes, I very much agree with Jenn. That search engine is a godsend when looking for topics here at Sportsshooter. As a student also, I cannot stress the importance of ethics/libel and the guidelines surrounding them. Kudos to you and the workshop, and I'm sure it will be a success.
Aloha
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Randy Janoski, Photographer
Chapel Hill | TN | USA | Posted: 7:56 AM on 12.04.04
->> Marilyn,
Here are a few links to help you get started.




http://www.nppa.org/professional_development/business_practices/ethics.html
http://www.nppa.org/professional_development/business_practices/digitalethi...
http://www.nppa.org/professional_development/self-training_resources/eadp_r.../
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Walter Calahan, Photographer
Silver Spring | MD | USA | Posted: 9:38 AM on 12.04.04
->> For me, the bottomline of photo-journalism is that it must celebrate humanity in all its good and bad with technical and aesthetic excellence.

In many ways, teaching photo-journalism is about teaching compassion and empathy for the subject. Next, teaching storytelling skills so that the student thinks through the process of what is visually important.

A good overview of fine art use of composition, graphic placement in the image and color sense is important too.

My question is what's the point of f/stops and shutter speeds to make a good histogram, when there is no content in the image?

Emotional content is what unites all great photographs. How we feel about an image in our hearts is just as important as how we intellectualize it in our minds.

My penny's worth of wisdom.
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 11:13 AM on 12.04.04
->> There are set up photos, set up photos and set up photos. One is recreating the news. Another is placing a subject and props to create an environmental portrait. And the third is an editorial illustration where you create an image based on a concept.

The first is the absolute no no. The others are perfectly acceptable if you follow one simple rule -- label the photos as what they are. For example, John Williams poses with some of the inventions he has created. With the later, be sure to properly credit the photo with something like: Photo Illustration by Marilyn Indahl.

The easiest way to convey the intent of the photo is a subject that should also be stressed in your workshop: proper captions. In addition to who, what, when and where, emphasize correct spelling. Digital archiving is no good if the caption names and places are misspelled and you're trying to do a search a year later using the name or place spelled correctly.
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Marilyn Indahl, Photographer, Assistant
Minneapolis | MN | USA | Posted: 11:02 PM on 12.04.04
->> Thanks for all your input, each of these suggestions will be used. I have done some research on Poynter and found a wealth of information there also.

Does anyone have any suggestions for assignments?

Thanks again,

Marilyn
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Walter Calahan, Photographer
Silver Spring | MD | USA | Posted: 11:51 PM on 12.04.04
->> Here's the first assignment I had in introduction to photo-journalism:

Using only the "normal" focal length lens for your camera (leave all the fancy wide-angles and telephoto lenses at home), go out and photograph a person you do NOT know. Come back with one compelling image that tells that person's story.

Do that four or five times a day, five days a week, 50 weeks a year, and you'll be a working newspaper photographer.
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Doug Pizac, Photographer
Sandy | UT | USA | Posted: 11:05 AM on 12.05.04
->> Assignments:

How much stress do you want to put on the students? But then, stress is good at times. And it can be an eye opener, too.

Your workshop is a week long. Give them one long assignment that will take a couple days and a series of do or die ones.

For the long one, they have to do a picture story on a subject they are not familiar with. For example, if a person likes or is good at shooting sports, he/she is not allowed to do it. The underlying learning experience isn't to do a good job, but to learn how to look at life anew. Give them three days to shoot, whereupon they have to produce two types of layouts -- one as a newspaper page and another as a multi-page magazine spread.

As to the quick types, get a list of planned news conferences from the local paper and send students to them where they have to come up with three photos -- one could be used a stand alone telling picture or in combination with the other two to form a mini-picture story.

Also send them to a basketball game -- college or high school. The key here is that they are allowed only 10 minutes of clock time. Have them shoot the game clock at the start and the clock again at the 10 minute mark so you can make sure there's no cheating. Some students can shoot the first half of the first half; others the second half of the first half; and the same after halftime. This creates four shooting periods. During their time on the court, they have to come up with six quality photos that could either stand alone or be used as a picture page. And not just action either. They could include reaction on the bench, fan reax, the coach yelling at the players or ref, etc.

And let's not forget about stand alone features -- at least one per day!

In addition to the multi-day picture story, have them also spend several days to come up with and execute an editorial illustration. Make up a list of subjects for the students to choose from. This will give some control and allow everyone to see how the other students interpreted the same subject.
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