What is photojournalism?

In a nutshell, photography + journalism = photojournalism, and photojournalism is visual storytelling with a purpose!

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  1. This Storify is a supplemental lesson for your first assignment. It is the beginning of your training for being a scholastic photojournalist, visual storyteller or multimedia instructor. For the next four months you will learn how to shine a spotlight on your community with visual and audio stories.
  2. Whether or not you plan to enter the journalism field, at the very least this course will help you become a more responsible and informed citizen. These days, literally everyone has a bit of a 'citizen journalist' in us. What's a citizen journalist, you ask?


    New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen explains it in only 25 seconds:
  3. Definition of Citizen Journalism
  4. Got it? Here is how the Cal Poly student media staff explained their student newspaper mission in this music video:
  5. How photojournalists capture the moment
  6. Renée C. Byer on the Art of Photojournalism
  7. Day in the Life: Photojournalist
  8. "It's What I Do": A photojournalist's journey through horror and joy
  9. Many of you are either photography, commercial art, journalism or journalism education BS and MA students, thus you most likely already understand the concept of news. Here are eight elements of news to help guide you: fairtest.org/what-news
  10. But what is photojournalism, exactly?
    VII Photo photojournalist Ed Kashi defines it this way:
  11. Let's break photojournalism down into simple terms:
    1. Taking still photos or videos of people, places or things, in relation to the eight elements of news:
    2. Writing accurate, concise AP style captions to explain those pictures
    3. Put these two things together = photojournalism
  12. Now that you're more aware of the definitions of citizen journalism and photojournalism, let's narrow our focus to hyperlocal news, and what that means.



    Definition of hyperlocal
    Meaning "extremely local," it refers to news and information about events within a community. The term was coined with the advent of user-created journalism after the turn of the century, as well as websites that publish only news and information that relate to specific locales.

    Covering your college or high school campus is considered hyperlocal.
  13. Here are websites for three college newspapers, and other sources, to give you a general idea of how online newspapers work and look:
  14. As collegiate photojournalists, you should be covering your own school or community. This often means covering a beat.
    A beat is a reporter’s assigned area of responsibility, like a topic or subject area that you specialize in.
  15. Beat reporters are journalists who have been assigned a particular area of interest, such as sports or health, from which they are expected to generate stories within those areas.
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