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Do you enjoy telling stories about people? Are you interested in using your skills as a photojournalist to make a difference in your community? Then Western Kentucky University's Photojournalism program may be the right place for you.

We appreciate your interest in our program that has produced students who have jobs across the country, from small-town communities to metropolitan newspapers. Our students have won the William Randolph Hearst national photojournalism championship 19 out of 21 years and win numerous awards every year in the College Photographer of the Year national competition. Our graduates have covered international events in Afghanistan, Iraq, Taiwan, Haiti and other locations. Five of our graduates from three different newspapers (The New York Times, the Rocky Mountain News and the Dallas Morning News) have been a part of winning the Pulitzer Prize in the last several years. Rick Loomis, a graduate who works for the Los Angeles Times, was named the National Press Photographers Association Photographer of the year for 2003.

Ours is a documentary photography major, with a curriculum designed to prepare students to produce content-driven images for paper and electronic publications. Four faculty and one staff, all of whom spent several years working in the photojournalism field (and continue to do so) serve as mentors to students to help develop their photography, writing, design and multimedia skills.

You can find requirements for the Photojournalism major below. You can also go to http://www.mountainworkshops.org to see and hear stories from a photography and picture editing workshop the WKU Photojournalism program hosts every October. This will give you a good idea of the kind of work we produce.

If you have specific questions, you can address them to James H. Kenney, coordinator of the PJ program. His telephone number is 270.745.6307 and his email address is james.kenney@wku.edu.

We would like to have you visit WKU to see our facilities in our new $18.5 million building. A tour can be arranged by calling the Office of Admissions at 270.745.2551 or make a reservation at http://www.wku.edu/admissions/campustours/index.php

Admission and expense information is available at http://www.wku.edu/Info/Admissions/

Note: We do not offer a photojournalism graduate program in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting. We do have a number of students who came here for a second undergraduate degree.

Major in Photojournalism - Reference # 750 effective fall 2014 catalog year (Rev. 8/15/2014)

Specific objectives are to:
• develop the artistic, technical, and personal qualities of those who pursue a professional career in photojournalism
• develop a background for understanding the role of photojournalism in shaping and reflecting contemporary society
• provide instruction in photographic theory, principles and practice for the student in any area of scholarly pursuit where such knowledge is needed to improve understanding and abilities
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
Prospective majors may take no more than 15 hours in the major before admission. Students must meet the following requirements before they can be admitted:
1. Completion of a minimum of 24 hours of course work applicable to a baccalaureate degree;
2. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.5;
3. Completion of ENG 100 with a grade of 'C' or better and 9 additional hours in general education;
4. Completion of the following courses with a grade of 'C' or better: SJB 101, 102, 103 and PJ 231.

Students not meeting the above admission requirements will not be admitted to the Photojournalism major and cannot register for any additional courses in the major.

CURRICULUM: The major in photojournalism (reference number 750) requires 45-46 semester hours and leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. No course with a grade of "D" or below may be counted toward the major or fulfill prerequisite requirements. One-half of the hours in the major must be at the 300- or 400-level. Students must take a minimum of 72 semester hours in courses outside of the School of Journalism & Broadcasting unit including the University's general education requirements.
In addition to meeting institutional requirements for graduation, the photojournalism major must have a minor or second major outside of the School of Journalism & Broadcasting and Film Studies that is approved by the major faculty advisor. Students may not select a minor in film studies, or those offered within the School, unless taken as a second minor. Refer to the University catalog for additional information. www.wku.edu/undergraduatecatalog.
Required Courses - 39 hours (prerequisites in parenthesis)
SJB 101 Understanding Media Content, Ethics and Technology
SJB 102 Media Content, Collaboration and Community
SJB 103 Digital Storytelling for the 21st Century
JOUR 202 Introduction to Media Writing
PJ 231 Introduction to Photojournalism
PJ 233 Intermediate Photojournalism (PJ 231)

One of the following two law classes:
JOUR 301 Press Law & Ethics (junior standing, PS 110, SJB 101 and JOUR 202; or permission)
BCOM 301 Mass Communication Law & Ethics (PS 110 and BCOM 201 OR permission)

JOUR 302 Intermediate Reporting (SJB 101 and JOUR 202; or permission) (pending UCC approval 9/14)
PJ 330 Multimedia Storytelling (PJ 233) (pending UCC approval 9/14)
PJ 333 Lighting Technologies (PJ 233 or 261) (pending UCC approval 9/14)
PJ 334 Picture Stories (PJ 330 and 333) (pending UCC approval 10/14)
PJ 362 Short Form Documentary (PJ 334)
PJ 436 Photojournalism Projects (spring only) (capstone course)(PJ 362) (pending UCC approval 9/14)

ELECTIVE - 3 HOURS During the sophomore year select one 3-hour course outside the major, but within the School of Journalism & Broadcasting and approved by departmental faculty advisor. Select from AD, BCOM, FILM, JOUR, PR or SJB subject fields.

RESTRICTED ELECTIVE - SELECT 3-4 HOURS
AD 348 Intro to Interactive Media
FILM 376 Cinematography (BCOM 366)
JOUR 323 Multiplatform News (JOUR 202)
JOUR 325 Feature Writing (JOUR 302,323 or permission)
PJ 336 Picture Editing (PJ 233)
PJ 432 Photojournalism Practicum (PJ 362)
PJ 439 Advanced Studio Lighting Techniques (JOUR 333)
SJB 495 Collaborative Journalism (PJ 362)
SJB 401 & 402 Team Investigative Reporting I (fall) & II (spring) (4-hours) (permission)

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Students entering the University prior to fall 2014 should continue to follow their published program of study for his/her catalog year and should consult with his/her academic advisor in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting about any course deletions that may affect them. To find your undergraduate catalog go to http://www.wku.edu/undergraduatecatalog/.

Major in Photojournalism

For students entering the University fall 2009 through summer 2014.

The major in photojournalism requires 42 semester hours in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting. Specific objectives are to:

1.Develop the artistic, technical and personal qualities of those who pursue a professional career in photojournalism.

2.Develop a background for understanding the role of photojournalism in shaping and reflecting contemporary society.

3.Provide instruction in photographic theory, principles and practice for the student in any area of scholarly pursuit where such knowledge is needed to improve understanding and abilities.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

Prospective majors may take no more than 18 hours in the major before admission.

1. Completion of 30 hours of course work applicable to the baccalaureate degree with a minimum
overall grade point average of 2.5.
 
2. Required courses include COMM 145 or COMM 161 (preferably COMM 161), HIST 119 or 120,
the university math requirement, and ENG 100 with at least a 'C'.

3. Completion of the following courses with at least a 'C': JOUR 201, 202, 231, 261

CURRICULUM: The major in photojournalism requires a minimum of 42 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts Degree. No course with a grade of "D" or below may be counted toward the major or fulfill prerequisite requirements. One-half of the hours in the major must be at the 300- or 400-level. Effective fall 2013, students must take a minimum of 72 semester hours in courses outside of the School of Journalism & Broadcasting unit including the University's general education requirements. In addition to meeting institutional requirements for graduation, the photojournalism major must have a minor or second major outside of the School of Journalism & Broadcasting and Film Studies that is approved by the major faculty advisor. Students may not select a minor in film studies, or those offered within the School, unless taken as a second minor. Refer to the University catalog for additional information.

Required Courses -  36 hours (prerequisites in parenthesis)

JOUR 201 Media & Society

JOUR 202 Introduction to Media Writing, Reporting

JOUR 231 Introduction to Photojournalism

JOUR 261 Introduction to Multimedia (JOUR 231 photo majors; JOUR 131 non-majors)

One of the following two law classes

JOUR 301 Press Law & Ethics (Junior standing, JOUR 201,202)

BCOM 301 Mass Communication Law & Ethics (PS 110, BCOM/JOUR201)

JOUR 302 Intermediate Reporting (JOUR 201,202)

JOUR 333 Lighting Technologies (JOUR 231, 261)

JOUR 334 Picture Stories (JOUR 336)

JOUR 336 Picture Editing (spring) (JOUR 333 Photo majors; JOUR 131,232 News/Ed majors; or permission)

JOUR 362 Web Narratives (JOUR 334)

JOUR 432 Photojournalism Practicum (JOUR 362)

JOUR 436 Photojournalism Projects (spring) (capstone course) (JOUR 432 )

Restricted Electives - Select 6 hours

JOUR 323 News Editing (JOUR 202)

JOUR 325 Feature Writing (JOUR 302,323 or permission)

JOUR 443 Interactive Advertising Design (JOUR 343, 348; or permission)

      Note: JOUR 348 Intro to Interactive Design may be substituted for
      JOUR 443 with permission of PJ advisor and submission of icap exception form.

JOUR 439 Advanced Studio Lighting Techniques (JOUR 333)

BCOM 368 News Videography & Editing (JOUR 261 for photo majors)

Requirements outside the major

PS 110 American National Government (Category C)

PS 304 State Government (spring only) (formerly PS 210)

ENT 312 Entrepreneurship (Junior Standing)(formerly MGT 312)

GEOG 110 World Regional Geography (Category E) or GEOG 360 Geography of N. America (Category C)

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Major in Photojournalism - Curriculum

For students entering the university or declaring the major in fall 2008/spring 2009

The major in photojournalism requires 39 semester hours in the School of Journalism & Broadcasting.

Prospective majors may take no more than 18 hours in the major before admission. Students must meet the following requirements before they can be admitted:

1.Completion of 48 hours of coursework applicable to the baccalaureate degree with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5.

2.Required courses include COMM 145 or COMM 161 (preferably COMM 161), HIST 119 or 120, the university math requirement, and at least a 'C' in ENG 100.

3.Completion of the following courses with at least a 'C': JOUR 201, 202, 231, 261, 333

CURRICULUM:  The major in Photojournalism requires a minimum of 39 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Each major must have a concentration of study (minor or second major) outside journalism/mass communication/communication studies/film studies. Generally, students may select any other minor as long as the major advisor approves it, 80 hours are taken outside the area of journalism and mass communication with no fewer than 65 semester hours of traditional liberal arts and natural science courses.

A grade of 'D' in any JOUR/BCOM course will not be accepted toward the major and may not be used as a prerequisite. Refer to the University catalog for additional information.

Required Courses (prerequisites are in parenthesis)

JOUR 201 Media & Society

JOUR 202 Introduction to Media Writing

JOUR 231 Introduction to Photojournalism

JOUR 261 Introduction to Multimedia (JOUR 231 photo majors; JOUR 131 non-majors)

One of the following two law courses

JOUR 301 Press Law & Ethics (Jr. standing, JOUR 201, 202)

BCOM 301 Mass Comm Law/Ethics (BCOM/JOUR 201, PS110)

JOUR 321 Public Affairs Reporting or effective fall '09 JOUR 302 Intermediate Reporting (JOUR 201, 202)

JOUR 333 Lighting Technologies (JOUR 231, 261)

JOUR 334 Photojournalism: Picture Stories (JOUR 336)

JOUR 336 Picture Editing (Photo major: JOUR 333 or concurrent with JOUR 333 with permission; News/ed major: JOUR 131 and 232; or permission of instructor)

JOUR 432 Photojournalism Practicum (JOUR 334)(JOUR 362 recommended)

JOUR 436 Photojournalism Projects (spring) (capstone course) (JOUR 432)

Select 6 hours from Restricted Electives --

Web narratives strongly recommended

JOUR 323 News Editing (JOUR 202)

JOUR 325 Feature Writing (JOUR 302, 323 or permission of instructor)

JOUR 362 Web Narratives (JOUR 334)

BCOM 266 Basic Television Production (JOUR/BCOM 201)

Requirements outside the major

PS 110 American National Government (Category C)

PS 304 State Government (PS 110) or PS 204 State & Local Government

one of the following two courses:

GEOG 110 World Regional Geography (Category E) or

GEOG 360 Geography of N. America (Category C)

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Photojournalism- 4-year Track


The Photojournalism program is located in the Mass Media & Technology Hall, faculty may be reached at (270) 745-4144, or by fax at (270) 745-5835.

 

Major in Photojournalism - Photo Track pre-fall 2008

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS for students declaring the major prior to fall 2008:

Prospective majors may take no more than 18 hours in the major before admission. Students must meet the following requirements before they can be admitted:

1.Completion of 48 hours of course work applicable to the baccalaureate degree with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5.Required courses include COMM 145 or COMM 161 (preferably COMM 161), HIST 119 or 120, the university math requirement, andat least a "C" in ENG 100.

2.Completion of the following courses with at least a "C": JOUR 201, 202, 231, 333, 332.

CURRICULUM for students declaring the major prior to fall 2008: The major in Photojournalism requires a minimum of 39 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Each major must have a concentration of study (minor or second major) outside journalism/mass communication/communication studies. Generally, students may select any other minor as long as the major advisor approves it, 80 hours are taken outside the major and with no fewer than 65 semester hours of traditional liberal arts and natural science courses. A grade of "D" in any JOUR/BCOM course will not be accepted toward the major and may not be used as a prerequisite. Refer to the University catalog for additional information.


Photojournalism Track - 39 hours (prerequisites are in parenthesis)

Note: pre-spring 2005 course # in brackets

Required Courses

JOUR 201Media & Society

JOUR 202Introduction to Media Writing, Reporting

JOUR 231Introduction to Photojournalism

JOUR 301Press Law & Ethics (Junior standing, JOUR 201, 202) or BCOM 301 Mass Communication Law & Ethics 
or BCOM 301(BCOM/JOUR 201, PS 110)

JOUR 321Public Affairs Reporting (JOUR 201, 202) or effective fall 09, JOUR 302 Intermediate Reporting (JOUR 201, 202)
or JOUR 302

JOUR 332Introduction to Photojournalism Technologies (JOUR 201, 202, 231)

JOUR 333Lighting Technologies (JOUR 201, 202, 231, 332)

JOUR 334Photojournalism:  Picture Stories (Photo track: JOUR 333 [331]; New Media Track: JOUR 332)

JOUR 336 [435]Picture Editing (spring) (Photo track: JOUR 334; New Media track: 231, and 232 or 332; non-majors: JOUR 231, and232 or 252)

JOUR 432 [335]Photojournalism Practicum (JOUR 334)

JOUR 436Advanced Photojournalism (spring) (capstone course) (JOUR 336, 432)

Select 6 hours from Restricted Electives

JOUR 261Introduction to Multimedia (JOUR 332 or 232, BCOM 264 or permission)

JOUR 323News Editing (JOUR 321)

JOUR 325Editorial and Feature Writing (JOUR 323)

JOUR 362Web Publishing Narratives (JOUR 261)

BCOM 266Basic Television Production (JOUR/BCOM 201)

Requirements outside the major

PS 110American National Government (Category C)

PS 304State Government (PS 110)
or PS 204

GEOG 110World Regional Geography (Category E) or GEOG 360 Geography of N. America (Category C)
or GEOG 360

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Major in Photojournalism - New Media Publishing Track

Note: Due to curriculum changes, the new media track will not be offered as a separate track to incoming students effective fall 2008. New media courses have been merged with the photojournalism track in the new curriculum requirements for students entering the major in fall 2008/spring 2009. (See top of page)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Prospective majors may take no more than 18 hours in the major before admission. Students must meet the following requirements before they can be admitted:

1.Completion of 48 hours of course works applicable to the baccalaureate degree with a minimum overall grade point average of2.5. Required courses include COMM 145 or COMM 161 (preferably COMM 161), HIST 119 or 120, the university math requirement,and at least a "C" in ENG 100.

2.Completion of the following courses with at least a "C": JOUR 201, 202, 231, 261 and 232 or 332.

CURRICULUM:  The major in Photojournalism/New Media Publishing Track requires a minimum of 39 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Each major must have a concentration of study (minor or second major) outside journalism/mass communication/communication studies. Generally, students may select any other minor as long as the major advisor approves it, 80 hours are taken outside the major and no fewer than 65 semester hours of traditional liberal arts and natural science courses. A grade of "D" in any JOUR/BCOM course will not be accepted toward the major and may not be used as a prerequisite. Refer to the University catalog for additional information.

 

New Media Publishing Track - 39 hours (prerequisites are in parenthesis)

Note: pre-spring 2005 course # in brackets.

Required Courses

JOUR 201Media & Society

JOUR 202Introduction to Media Writing, Reporting

JOUR 231Introduction to Photojournalism

JOUR 261Introduction to Multimedia (BCOM 264 and either JOUR 332 or JOUR 232; or permission of the instructor)

BCOM 264Basic Digital Video Production

JOUR 301Press Law & Ethics (Junior standing) or BCOM 301 Mass Communication Law & Ethics
or BCOM 301(BCOM/JOUR 201, PS 110)

JOUR 301Public Affairs Reporting (JOUR 201, 202) or effective fall 09, JOUR 302 Intermediate Reporting (JOUR 201, 202)
or JOUR 302

JOUR 332Introduction to Photojournalism Technologies (JOUR 201, 202, 231)

JOUR 362Web Narratives (JOUR 261)

JOUR 432Projects in New Media (capstone course) (JOUR 362) Advanced Photojournalism (spring) (capstone course)
or JOUR 436(JOUR 336, 432)

Select 9 hours from Restricted Electives

JOUR 323News Editing (JOUR 321)

JOUR 325Editorial and Feature Writing (JOUR 321 and 323 or consent of instructor)

JOUR 333 [331]Lighting Technologies (JOUR 332)

JOUR 334Photojournalism:  Picture Stories (Photo Track:  JOUR 333; New Media Track:  JOUR 332)

JOUR 336 [435]Picture Editing (spring) (Photo Track: 334; New Media Track:  JOUR 231, and 232 or 332; non-majors: JOUR 231, 
and 232 or 252)

BCOM 325Survey of Writing for Television & Radio (BCOM 201 or JOUR 201)

BCOM 368News Videography and Editing (fall) (BCOM 266 or 264)

Requirements outside the major

PS 110American National Government (Category C)

PS 210State and Local Government (General Elective) (PS 110)

GEOG 110World Regional Geography (Category E) or GEOG 360 Geography of N. America (Category C)
or GEOG 360

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The Photojournalism program is located in Mass Media & Technology Hall and faculty may be reached at (270) 745-4144, or by fax at (270) 745-5835

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