Sep 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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COM 321 - Visual Storytelling

The methods used to communicate journalistic stories effectively and ethically using still photography and video. Course will be offered every year (Spring).

Prerequisite: admission to the digital journalism major or instructor permission.

Credits: (5)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Employ basic techniques of visual composition such as rule of thirds, framing, perspective, balance and contrast.
  • Modify the settings of a camera (or other device used to take photographs) to obtain the effects produced by shutter speed, aperture, lighting, color and lens choice in visual imagery.
  • Identify and differentiate between general news, spot news, feature news, portraits and sports images and apply strategies for capturing effective storytelling imagery in each category.
  • Write captions that identify the people, places and/or objects in the image and put them in perspective for the viewer.
  • Plan, propose and create a photo news story.
  • Create news interviews and videos.
  • Evaluate the impact and ethical considerations of image manipulation. 

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