Community Service Photojournalism: Contest Lessons Part 1

Course Overview

Community Service Photojournalism: Contest Lessons Part 1
Self-Directed Course
This $29.95 course is free thanks to the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Time Estimate:
This course takes about an hour to complete.

About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

This course presents the work honored by American Society of News Editors as the best community service photojournalism of 2005.
The work examines three approaches to community service photojournalism — through individual storytelling, through watchdog photojournalism and through connecting with under-covered communities.

You will see how to apply those approaches by analyzing the work of ASNE winner Carol Guzy, of The Washington Post, and finalists Robert Gauthier, of the Los Angeles Times, and Manny Crisostomo, of The Sacramento Bee. And you will see and hear judges’ comments about the honored work.

What Will I Learn:

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and describe three common approaches to community service photojournalism.
  • Gain access that is essential to creating strong community service photojournalism.
  • Create photo stories that connect with the people in your community.
  • Give your photojournalism a fresh perspective.
  • Take pictures that have technical excellence.
Course Instructor:

Kenny Irby

Kenny Irby is Poynter’s senior faculty of visual journalism and diversity. He is an integral figure in visual journalism education, having founded Poynter’s photojournalism program in 1995. He teaches and consults in the areas of digital photographic reporting, leadership, ethical decision making and diversity integration.

Training Partner:

American Society of News Editors

The American Society of News Editors, founded in 1922 as a nonprofit professional organization, focuses on leadership development and journalism-related issues. ASNE promotes fair, principled journalism, defends and protects First Amendment rights, and fights for freedom of information and open government. Leadership, innovation, diversity and inclusion in coverage and the journalism work force, youth journalism and the sharing of ideas are also key ASNE initiatives.

Technical Requirements:

For this course you will need to have at least version 7.0 of the Flash plugin installed. For the best experience, we suggest that:

  • PC users use Internet Explorer or Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox
  • Mac users use Netscape/Mozilla/Firefox or Safari
  • you set your monitor resolution to 1024 x 768 or higher
  • you use a high speed connection