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NM3200 - Photojournalism

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Creative Arts (pre 2015)

Available to all students

This subject will provide students with intensive quasi real-world experiences in working to a supplied brief and working to deadlines within the genre of Photojournalism. In Stage 1 all students will initially attend full time lectures and tutorials covering aspects of documentary photography and working journalism. In the final session students will be individually supplied with a detailed brief, each based on a separate issue of environmental concern in North Queensland. The following week will comprise unsupervised background research to contextualise the topic, identify issues and key players and develop an action plan to investigate and report on their topic. Stage two involves field-work invoking the action plan. All photography, interviews and further related research will be done at this time. Students will return to complete write-ups and format images and articles.

Learning Outcomes

  • Awareness of image making as a medium for social, political and cultural change;
  • Knowledge of location based lighting theory and its application to a range of lighting situations in the field;
  • Knowledge of the professional working norms and ethical considerations of photojournalism;
  • High levels of skill and knowledge on aspects of documentary photographic reportage, interview and research techniques.
Foundation skills in either photography, journalism or creative writing
Prerequisites: 18CP OF LEVEL 1 SUBJECTS INCLUDING NM1200 OR NM1201 OR NM2200 OR NM1202 OR PT1410
JN5501 NM2202


Townsville, Block, Study Period 6
Census Date 26-Jun-2014
Face to face teaching 16-Jun-2014 to 08-Jul-2014
Coordinator: Dr David Salisbury
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: presentations (30%); portfolio of images at culmination of project (50%); assignments (20%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.