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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PGY5620
Tracking Number - 2958

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2014-04-02
Campus: St Petersburg
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Needs to be removed as a special topics course and made into a permanent course
Comments: USF-SP approved 4/29/13. To USF Sys 5/23/13. To SCNS 5/31/13. Approved eff 4/2/14

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2012-10-09
  2. Department: Journalism and Media Studies
  3. College: AP
  4. Budget Account Number: STP 10000 511247 000000 0000000
  5. Contact Person: Deni Elliott
  6. Phone: 7278734881
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PGY
  9. Number: 5620
  10. Full Title: Photojournalism II
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Photojournalism II
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: PGY 5619
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: All journalists must know how to tell stories with words, photos and audio. Photojournalism assignments will emphasize advanced composition, lighting and caption writing. A multimedia project with interview audio and natural sound will be emphasized.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Replacing Selected Topics with Permanent number; already listed in program
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Any major that requires students to tell multimedia stories to a mass audience either through broadcast or Web platforms.

    A similar course exists as a requirement for students completing the completely online Digital Journalism and Design M.A. Degree. This course is intended for students in the traditional M.A. in Journalism and Media Studies. Students will produce work through multiple media and platforms. The DJD course teaches only web-based skills.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 3 or more times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Industry experience is essential and more important than a doctorate as best practices cannot be learned and by extension taught from a book.
  29. Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to perform these skills:

    Academic competency: technology -- graded by your completion of 5 regular photo assignments

    • go beyond “auto” on a camera to select appropriate exposure settings for existing lighting

    • make f-stop choices on a lens appropriate for the desired depth-of-field in a composition

    • make shutter speed choices appropriate for the desired stop action in a composition

    • make focal length lens decisions appropriate for the subject and desired creative effect

    • use bounce and fill-flash to help augment existing lighting

    • use best practices techniques in photo editing software like Photoshop

    And, you will also be able to:

    • identify strong photographs based on technical best practices and news value

    Academic competency: critical thinking -- graded by your completion of 5 regular photo assignments

    • use best practices for writing compelling captions and a short narrative

    Academic competency: professional writing -- graded by your completion of 5 captions for each of the

    regular photo assignments, and by your ability to create a Soundslides show and written narrative with a

    beginning, middle and end that includes at least three audio interviews of sources who will will help carry the

    piece; voice-overs are allowed, but should be kept to a minimum

    • understand the best practices of multimedia storytelling techniques for images and sound

    Academic competency: technology -- graded by your completion of the two deadlines associated with

    your Soundslides project and the quality level of your images and sound, both interview and natural

  30. Learning Outcomes: Narratives with powerful photos get better placement, additional space or time, and are more memorable for the audience. Photos also enhance the breadth and depth of the communication process. Through a mix of lecture, discussion, readings, experiences and hands-on learning, students will be given the opportunity to hone the craft of advanced news photography which includes writing compelling captions. All skills and knowledge learned in this course are transferable into the workplace.
  31. Major Topics: • industry best practices

    • advanced technical proficiency with a digital camera work flow

    • advanced composition going beyond the guideline of thirds to use the Golden Ratio, diagonals and triangles

    • advanced exposure using the Zone System

    • critiquing images following industry best practices

    • current trends in photojournalism

    • advanced post-production photo editing using Photoshop and guidelines from the National Press Photographers Association

    • pre-production planning techniques: interviewing and research, storyboarding and shot lists

    • advanced audio to achieve NPR quality: natural sound; interviewing; mixing with Audacity

    • advanced titles, credits and lower thirds

    • finishing photos for presentation

    • creating a portfolio for freelancing, and applying for internships, grants or jobs

  32. Textbooks:
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: • Home Depot on 22nd Ave. N., St. Pete, just west of the I-275 viaduct; Custom Framing Department: budget-priced hinged & cut photo mattes; this is where I suggest you purchase the one I require for this course; call for hours of operation; Specs: Nielson & Bainbridge, #89 (or similar), black paper matte board, 11 X 14 outer

    dimension with a 7-7/8 X 9-7/8 centered opening, cut on a bevel; backed with white foam core and hinged as a vertical mount; approx. cost = $6.25 + sales tax

    • Zebra Color pro photo lab in St. Petersburg: These folks do fantastic work -- I’ve been using them for years for film souping, standard sized prints and BIG enlargements from either film or digital; 1763 1st Ave. No., St. Pete (entrance on 18th street, nearly under the viaduct); Here’s their price list:

    The owners will give you personal service: Bruce Taylor or Kelly Van Kesteren-Taylor

    • Pearl Art Supplies They have FANTASTIC photo print portfolios, 24 pages/48 prints, budget-priced!

    SKU#: 945156 size: 8.5 x 11 Evolution Portfolio is about $6.64 plus shipping. Other sizes are available.

    • The Filter Connection has discounted prices, top brands :

    • Feisol tripods: budget carbon fiber, light, great travel sticks:

    • North Tampa Photography store for new gear and a place to compare models:

    • B&H Photo in NYC has great service, new and used gear, and academic pricing on some items; main Web site: EDU Web site:

    I’m the reason why USFSP is approved for their EDU pricing, so take a look and save!

    • KEH Camera Brokers in Georgia has great service and prices on used gear, buy here rather than from e-bay or Craig’s list: -- Note: I do not buy camera gear I intend to use on e-bay or Craig’s list.

    • NPPA - National Press Photographers Association has wonderful resources for student and professional

    photojournalists: They have student membership pricing and a mentoring program. Check them out!

    • CNET for objective electronics reviews and competitive online price shopping:

    • more sites for useful camera and related gear reviews:

    Popular Photography magazine:

    VERY cool!

    FREE tutorials via video:


    FINISHED IMAGES required for this course for each of the 10 regular assignments must be submitted in two ways:

    1. electronic form -- unedited AND edited, submitted via e-mail Note: Each file must include your name, the assignment number and, if needed, the image

    number. Three examples:

    dpwolfe_assignment1_edited.jpg dpwolfe_assignment1_unedited.jpg


    2. printed form (8X 10 image size, or smaller) in full color on photo-quality paper, submitted at the

    beginning of class on deadline day; for the critique session, your print must be in a hinged, black,

    matboard frame (approximately $5). You will only need one hinged frame for the entire course. You will either be printing each of your photo assignments yourself or through

    a processing lab.

    Though the campus library has digital cameras you may borrow for this course, they are old and often not in good repair. It is suggested that you borrow or purchase a digital camera for this course that has the ability to shoot in at least the following exposure modes: manual, aperture priority, shutter priority. A digital SLR that has interchangeable lenses and can also captures high definition video at 1080p at 30 frames per second will be a good career investment. Canon is the industry leader in this category.

    You will need five DVD-R blanks and a 32GB thumb drive.

    Access to Adobe Photoshop CS4 or higher, Adobe Elements, or the department's Mac Lab based on the schedule of open lab availability.

  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: • mid-term check up of semester project: 2 of 3 (minimum) interviews; 30 of 60 total images; three natural sound samples: (30%)

    • final project: 3 total interviews; 60 images in a Soundslides package; remaining natural sound: (20%)

    • homework tasks related to industry best practices: (5%)

    • grad challenge mini project (10%)

    • class attendance, participation and peer critiques (10%)

    • photo assignments 1-5: (25%)

  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: See Objectives and Learning Outcomes in addition to:

    Graduate project

    will represent the variety of shots covered in Photojournalism I. Audio of interviews and ambient or “nat sound” (a.k.a. natural sound) will tie your images together and will be the backbone of the carefully timed sequence. Title and credit slides, including branding, will also be included, as needed. Music may be included within the best practice boundaries of copyright.

    At least three audio interviews of sources who will will help carry the piece will be included. Voice overs are allowed, but should be kept to a minimum and not used to fill holes where photos should be located to move the story forward.

    A viable subject and topic for your project will be something that falls in the feature category of news. It cannot not be an event that happens only once as you will need to schedule several shoots in order to reach the proper rigor level that is expected -- a solid B. To go higher will require that you demonstrate a command

    As a graduate student, you will be creating a Soundslides documentary from 5-6 minutes in length consisting of at least 60 strong images that have been taken by you on or after Jan. 10, 2012. These images

    of what was covered in Photojournalism I in addition to the techniques included in Photojournalism II: advanced composition, lighting, timing, audio, and interviewing skills. In your case, the interviews will be recorded at a quality level that is appropriate for Web-based news stories. Audio specs are: 16-bit, 48 kbps (mono), 20.050 kHz in the .mpg 3 file format.

    You must show me the work you are doing on your project prior to the two deadlines that are associated with grades.

  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting – Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation – Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. It’s the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: Make-up work will be allowed only in cases where official documentation of inability to complete work on time is available (from a doctor, lawyer, etc.). Students who are allowed make-up work are still held accountable for adhering to the USF Policy on Academic Integrity (
  38. Program This Course Supports: Journalism and Media Studies
  39. Course Concurrence Information: Any major that requires students to tell multimedia stories to a mass audience either through print or Web platforms.

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