This course covers the challenges faced by all working journalists. You will learn the basics of still photography, video, audio and mobile communication and the ethics of multi-platform, multimedia storytelling.
This course covers visual and audio theory and ethics, as well as which platform works best with each story. This could include one or more of the various multimedia platforms. You will learn the optimum use of each medium for communicating a message. You will learn about the basic hardware and software needed for visual reporting, including photography, audio, video, budgeting, scriptwriting and mobile reporting. You will use blogs and Twitter as part of social media communications.
Journalism/Pre-Journalism/Ag-Journalism students Credit Hours: 3 hours
Professional Values and Competencies:
• As visual journalist it's important that you understand the principles and laws of freedom of speech and press for the U.S. These freedoms are tested often in tense situations when those in authority in news situations confront visual journalists.
•You also must understand that our rights as a U.S. citizen and journalist are subject to another country's laws when working abroad. So we strive to help you understand the range of systems of freedom of expression around the world, including the right to dissent, to monitor and criticize power, and to assemble and petition for redress of grievances. But that coverage could have severe ramifications.
• As we have moved into a web based news delivery system now shared with legacy news delivery systems visual journalism have an import role and significant impact on our role as a university, and you upon graduation, in the ways we shape clear communications as visual journalists.
• We must provide a variety of voices and images to demonstrate an understanding of gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation and, as appropriate, other forms of diversity in domestic society in relation to mass communications.
• It's imperative that we as journalists demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of peoples and cultures and of the significance and impact of mass communications in a global society.
• Each lecture and lab section will work to help you understand concepts and applied theories in the use and presentation of images and information in all forms of multimedia.
• We must demonstrate an understanding of professional ethical principles and work ethically in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity.
• You will be asked to think critically, creatively and independently to find a strong visual story to share with your readers and viewers.
• Visual journalism is not just about images and audio, it requires us to write correctly and clearly in forms and styles appropriate for a communications professions.
• Feedback is a critically element of this class. You and your instructor will evaluate their work and that of others for accuracy and fairness, clarity, appropriate style and grammatical correctness.
• Upon completion of this class you will be able to apply current tools and technologies appropriate for a communications professional, and to understand more fully the digital world.