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Photo Journalism

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:2.00
Study Course Accepted:20.01.2020
Study Course Information
Course Code:KSK_088LQF level:Level 6
Credit Points:2.00ECTS:3.00
Branch of Science:Communication SciencesTarget Audience:Communication Science
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Anda Rožukalne
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Department of Communication Studies
The Head of Structural Unit:Anda Rožukalne
Contacts:Riga, 16 Dzirciema Street, kfkoatrsu[pnkts]lv, +371 67409183
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - Semester No.1
Lectures (count)8Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures16
Classes (count)2Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes4
Total Contact Hours20
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Introduction to journalism, Modern communication technologies.
To provide students with basic knowledge in photo journalism and basic skills in the use of photography in media. To provide basic information about the subject, its history and modern situation. To familiarise with main, legal, ethical and social problems in the use of photography in media and to provide potential solution models. To provide necessary knowledge about obtaining, evaluation and publishing of photo information required by media.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Introduction. Subject of photo journalism.Lectures1.00auditorium
2History of photo journalism (Part 1).Lectures1.00auditorium
3History of photo journalism (Part 2) and photo journalism today.Lectures1.00auditorium
4Legal and ethical aspects of photo journalism, specifics of copyrights of photo journalism.Lectures1.00auditorium
5Photo journalism today. Violations of legal and ethical norms in publications of photos in media.Classes1.00auditorium
6Genres of photo journalism.Lectures1.00auditorium
7Criteria of selection of photos to be published in media.Lectures1.00auditorium
8Sources of photos required by media, basic principles of cooperation between editors and photo reporters.Lectures1.00auditorium
9Use of photos in different media in accordance with their format and audience.Lectures1.00auditorium
10Practical work – to prepare a message in media using photos. Presentation of the message to the audience and analysis of the message, using also knowledge obtained in other study courses.Classes1.00auditorium
Unaided Work:
Within the scope of the course the student should create two works on a seminar topic, which should be presented at seminars, two literary essays (up to 5000 characters) and one theoretical report on photo journalism at the end of the course on any of lecture topics. Essays of literary studies should answer to the following questions: what have I gained from reading this text? What important problem does it emphasise and disclose? What 2-3 examples of present interest in the global or Latvian media environment correspond to the described problems? Written works should be delivered before each respective seminar.
Assessment Criteria:
1. participation in lectures – 15%; 2. work at seminar classes – 25%; 3. individual works – 25%; 4. examination – 35%.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam (Written)
Final Examination (Part-Time):
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:As a result of successful mastering of the course students obtain knowledge about the nature of photo journalism, its history, genres and use in different media.
Skills:As a result of successful mastering of the course students obtain skills to differentiate functions, genres, approaches of photo journalism, to work with photographers in practice.
Competencies:As a result of successful mastering of the course students will be able independently design, plan and perform works in photo journalism, use knowledge about obtaining, evaluation and use of photo information in media.
Required Reading
1Keneth Kobre. Photojournalism. The Professional’s Approach. 6th edition. Oxford, Focal Press, 2008.
2Photography. A Critical Introduction. Edited by Liz Wells. Routledge, New York, 2015.
3Māris Grudulis. Ievads autortiesībās. Rīga, 2006.
4Sjuzena Sontāga . Par fotogrāfiju. Rīga, 2006.
5Photography Changes Everything. Edited by Martin Heiferman. Smithsonian Institute&Aperture Foundation, New York, 2012.
6Scott Walden. Truth in Photography. In: Photography and Philosophy. Essays on the Pencil of Nature. Edited by Scott Walden. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, Chichester, pp.91-110.
7Cynthia Freeland. Photographs and Icons. In: Photography and Philosophy. Essays on the Pencil of Nature. Edited by Scott Walden. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, Chichester, pp.50-69.
8Jae Emerling. Photography. History and Theory. Routledge.London and New York, 2012, pp.82-113.
9Lois Alvin Day. Ethics in Media Communications.Wadsworth. Boston, pp.119-122.
10Paul Martin Lester. Visual Communication. Images with Messages.Wadsworth. Boston, 2000, pp. 57-92, 202-227, 350-355.
11David Levi Strauss. Between te Eyes. Essays on Photography and politics. Aperture. New York, 2003, pp.12-41, 71-78.
12Photography Changes Everything.Edited by Martin Heiferman. Smithsonian Institute&Aperture Foundation, New York, 2012.
13Deni Elliott, Paul Martin Lester. Visual Communication and Ethic of Images, 2002. Sk. internetā:…
14EPUK. The ABCD of UK PhotographicCopyrigh, 1999. Sk. internetā:
15NPPA. Best Practices for the Business of Independent Photojournalism. Sk. internetā:…