In this class students learn the three primary disciplines of photojournalism: photography, writing and publishing. Students will also conduct primary and secondary research and learn the basics of software, such as, Photoshop and Wix—photography and website design programs. In addition, students will learn the conceptual and aesthetic elements and principles of design.
This class is designed to show students how to research effectively so their personal writing and photography goals are clear, relevant, and relatable to their potential readers. Scholarly journals and textbooks will be referenced for students use. Local inspiration for student research includes sources such as nature, scriptures, and personal devotionals, which will be studied and documented. Other writing and photography sources may also include community events, family memoirs, and historic sites.
Upon completion of class, each student will have completed a final project. The final project will be the summation of edited and refined journal entries they have made during class, which will be documented and made available to readers and the public on their own personal website.
Also, one journal entry from each student in the class becomes eligible for local publishing.