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Course : Photojournalism

Course Number
MCOM 3103
Section Number
Fall 2023
Fain Fine Arts Center, D202
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time
Monday, December 11, 2023 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate mastery of the digital camera.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of image-editing software to prepare images for publication.
  3. Create compelling images that communicate the intended message.
  4. Utilize modern media techniques including social media and incorporation of still images, audio and video to enhance the value of a visual package.
  5. Utilize reporting and writing skills to produce fair and accurate stories and captions to accompany visual images.
  6. Evaluate images at multiple levels, including the technical aspects, composition and meaning.
  7. Discuss the legal and ethical issues relevant to photojournalism.
  8. Work successfully in a deadline-driven environment.

50% Photo assignments (five)

20% Homecoming assignment, presentation and reflection

20% In-class assignments (including participation, critiques, attendance, quizzes, other assignments)

10% Final portfolio


  • Unless otherwise indicated, material is due at the beginning of class. 
  • Late work receives a grade of zero.
  • Any item submitted with a name misspelled in a final draft receives a grade of zero.
  • I will not discuss grades in any fashion via electronic means. You must discuss grades in person.
  • You may not submit material that has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in any other class unless you obtain my explicit written permission.
  • ANY material (and ALL material) you create for this class should be considered publishable material and may be submitted to local news media, including MNG Media and The Wichitan, for publication. Hence, in ALL cases you should identify yourself as a reporter for MNG Media or The Wichitan. Make it clear that your images have an audience broader than just the instructor.
  • Avoid all perceived conflicts of interest. You may not cover a story for which you could be a source. For example, if you are a football player, you may not take pictures of the football team or use other football players/coaches as sources.
  • Review and follow the Society for Professional Journalists Code of Ethics available online at and the NPPA Code of Ethics available online at

Late work receives a grade of zero.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

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