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. His telephone number is 270.745.6307 and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to have you visit WKU to see our facilities. A tour can be arranged by calling the Office of Admissions at 270.745.2551 or make a reservation at https://www.wku.edu/pcal/tour/tour_sjb.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 Media. We do have a number of students who came here for a second undergraduate degree.
Course descriptions can be found at https://www.wku.edu/undergraduatecatalog/.
Major in Photojournalism* – 45 hours (Reference #750) (effective for catalog year Fall 2021 and thereafter)
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
- Completion of a minimum of 24 hours of course work applicable to a baccalaureate degree;
- A minimum overall grade point average of 2.5;
- Completion of ENG 100 with a grade of ‘C’ or better and 9 additional hours in the Colonnade Program,
- Completion of the following courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better: SOM 101, SOM 102, PJ 131, and PJ 331.
PJ 436 Photojournalism Projects (PJ 430 and PJ431; or permission)
DIVERSITY ELECTIVE – 3 HOURS Select one course from the following list: SOM 310-Media Diversity, ANTH 448-Visual Anthropology, COMM 463-lntercultural Communication, CRIM 446-Gender, Crime, and Justice, FLK 330-Cultural Connections and Diversity, SOCL 355-Sociology of Gender, SOCL 362-Social Institutions: Race, Class, and Gender, SOCL 375-Diversity in American Society, SPAN 345-Hispanic Representation in the Media,
Or a diversity class approved by an academic advisor. (Courses may have prerequisites.) RESTRICTED ELECTIVE – SELECT 6 HOURS (some courses may have prerequisites)JOUR 323 News Editing (JOUR 202)JOUR 325 Feature Writing (JOUR 302 and JOUR 323; or permission)PJ 336 Picture Editing (SOM 102 and PJ 131; or permission)PJ 390 Cultural History of PhotographyPJ 439 Advanced Lighting and Contract Photography (PJ 333)FILM 376 Cinematography (BCOM 366 or FILM 282)FILM 377 Film Sound (FILM 282 and BCOM 366)SOM 399 Special Topics in Media – Study AbroadSOM 402 First Amendment Research and Reporting (permission)
Minor in Photojournalism– Ref. #443 – 21 Hours
The minor in Photojournalism, requiring a minimum of 21 credit hours, will enable students to obtain technical and aesthetic skills in visual communication. Emphasis will be placed on mastering the functions of the camera; learning software pertaining to digital image management, image processing, and design; using documentary photographs to tell stories; developing writing skills in journalistic form; surveying the historical aspects of photography; and discussing the ethical implications of the visual medium. There are two electives in the minor that will enable students to further apply the foundational principles established in the five core courses.
PJ 331 Photojournalism (3)
PJ 333 Lighting Technologies (3)
PJ 336 Picture Editing (3)
PJ 390 Cultural History of Photography (3)Elective Courses (6 hours):PJ 261 Mobile Media Storytelling (3)
PJ 330 Short Form Documentary (3)
PJ 431 Advanced Photojournalism (3)
PJ 439 Advanced Lighting and Contract Photography (3)One elective must be chosen from the PJ courses above. The second elective can either be taken from this list or chosen from a 200-level or above School of Media course approved by a Photojournalism faculty advisor (3)
Photojournalism Minor Total Credit Hours: 21
For more information on the Photojournalism minor, contact Professor James Kenney at email@example.com. in the School of Media.