Week 3 Monday


  1. Questions about Blog Post #2 on Creative Devices? — Due today by 11:59 p.m via Wyocourses. Submit the URL of your post.
  2. Review our top 5 list on the course blog.
  3. Photojournalism Activity #1
  4. Discussion of Photojournalism Power
  5. Photojournalism Categories
  6. Review of Blog Post #3: Photojournalism
  7. Photojournalism Activity #2

Photojournalism Activity #1: Memorable Photo

Write and submit via the Canvas discussion page: briefly describe one memorable photo that you have seen in your life (or recently).

  1. Describe the photo — who, what, where, when, why, how, so what
  2. Then, discuss why this photo is memorable to you.

Visuals are Powerful: A picture is worth a 1,000 words.

Purpose and Power of Visuals

Photojournalism is our window to the world around us. A picture is worth a 1,000 words.

The purpose of photojournalism is to capture the people and events that make the news. Photojournalism can supplement a text story or can serve as a stand-alone story.

Photographers have the power to frame the narrative surrounding complex issues, people, current events, and more. The media has a lot of control and influence over what issues the public discusses and how the public visualizes these issues.


For example, research shows that if we can more easily visualize a particular risk, then we are more likely to over-estimate the chance of that risk materializing in our own lives.
THINK:👉Is it easier to visualize a terrorist attack or heart disease?
Because it’s easier to visualize a terrorist attack, we tend to over-estimate this risk compared to the heart disease risk. And this impacts what our nation, politicians, and society focuses on in terms of money, resources, and attention.

Categories of Photojournalism

The following categories are defined by the National Press Photographer’s Association (NPPA) and included in the Best of Photography competitions. The College Photographer of the Year (CPOY) Awards also use these categories.

1. Feature (Enterprise):

  • A photograph of a ‘found situation’ that features strong human interest elements, or a fresh view of an everyday scene.
  • A picture that uses humor or focuses on the lighter side of life is well suited for this category. 
  • Examples.

2. Portrait:

  • A single photograph that captures a unique aspect of a local figure’s character and personality. 
  • Examples (Content Warning: the third photo down the page shows exposed breasts from breast cancer survey in blue light).

3. Sports Action:

  • A peak action picture that captures the spirit of a sports competition—either on the part of an individual or an athletic team.
  • Examples.

4. Sports Feature:

  • A sports-related feature picture that depicts the jubilation of victory or the agony of defeat.
  • The event covered should be separate from the game action or outside of the field of play. 
  • Examples.

5. General News:

  • Recognizing that much of the daily news coverage is planned in advance, we seek to reward outstanding achievement based on creativity and timing at organized events such as general meetings, promotional events and staged coverage opportunities. 
  • Examples.

6. Spot News:

  • An event that is not planned, so the photographer must react on instinct and news judgment.
  • This picture may be of a breaking news event, or a part of issue coverage. 
  • Examples.

7. Domestic Picture Story:

  • This is a series of photographs surrounding the same event, person, or idea.
  • The photographs tell a story with detailed paragraph-length captions and powerful photos.
  • These photo stories have even more power to influence the frame, perspective, and tone applied to the event, person, or idea.
  • Content Warning for Example 1 (it features a photo story about a person with a mental disability who was sexually abused) and Example 2.
  • As we look at these examples, think about an alternative frame, perspective, or tone that could be applied to these examples and become equally as powerful.

Blog Post 3 – Photojournalism
Let’s take a look at the next assignment while the categories are fresh in our heads.


  1. Which categories have made the biggest impression on you?
  2. Do you take photos that look like the examples we have checked out just now?

Prepping for the following activity…

Is this an example of photojournalism?

I Believe You Are Ready To Go!👇👇👇

Photojournalism Activity #2: You are a Photojournalist in the Making (Far before today’s class 📷)

  1. Go to the photo album on your phone (or other spaces where you store your photos such as Google drive or Dropbox);
  2. Find two pictures that you have taken or saved and also potentially fit into three of the photojournalism categories;
  3. For each photo, ask your neighbor:
    1. How would you categorize the photo as a piece of photojournalist work?
    2. What story is being communicated?
    3. What creative devices does the photo use?
    4. How do the creative devices enhance or compromise the purpose of photo?
  4. Respond to your neighbor’s answer by sharing your thoughts as well.

🙋🏫 DISCUSSION (together):

  1. What do you think is the relationship between the creative devices of photography composition and photojournalism?
  2. How do you anticipate yourself using creative devices while taking a journalistic shot?

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