Visual Journalism

Visual Journalism (Major or Minor)

This major area of study challenges students to explore the concept of visual journalism and teaches them to use still cameras, video cameras and audio equipment as tools for communication in today’s multimedia environment. Students in this program work alongside seasoned professional photojournalists to complete assignments based on real world events such as breaking news and politics, professional sports, rallies and demonstrations and other newsworthy events. An emphasis is placed on understanding the latest trends and technology in this fast-paced, exciting field. NESOP visual journalism students regularly have opportunities to publish their own photographs in local newspapers, magazines and on the web.

Visual Journalism Courses

Visual Narrative Lab | 5 Units

We live in a time when access to ideas and social concerns has never been more available; as documentarians and visual journalists, these are exciting times and call upon our skills in new ways. The Visual Narrative Lab begins the process of exploring visual problem solving and personal vision through a series of short weekly assignments, in-class critique and presentations important to generating and sustaining strong stories. In this class, students will work to explore and master the concepts and skills for producing non-fiction photography and video. The weekly critiques of assignment and project work will focus on new ways to talk about pictures, including deconstructing the formal elements of composition and locating the keys to the photographer’s authentic voice. The format combines the already strong technical skills from Year One with an exploration of visual creativity and powerful story telling.

This Term 1 course is required for Visual Journalism majors.

Visual Journalism I:  Multimedia and the Storytelling Process | 5 Units


Students will learn storytelling techniques in order to produce short video journalism and documentary film pieces using audio, video and still photography for multimedia presentations.  The focus of this course is on finding a character, researching, working with a subject and interview techniques:  the a-roll and shooting the story; b-roll; wide, media, tight and super close-up, pans, zooms, etc.  Students will create weekly video projects that practice these techniques, ultimately producing several visual pieces in Final Cut Pro X that they have researched throughout the term.  Local filmmakers and journalists will join the class as guest lecturers to discuss their own work and critique student projects.  This course will emphasize the use of multimedia presentations, but when appropriate, will also include still photographic assignments.


Visual Journalism II:  The Visual Journalism Portfolio | 5 Units

Students choosing to major or minor in visual journalism spend this term continuing to develop a cohesive body of work.  Students are encouraged to continue honing their vision through class critique and discussion.  Through exploration of various digital media, students analyze different methods for effectively presenting their professional work.  Final portfolios emphasize the main areas of photojournalism (news, sports, features, portraits) with an emphasis on multimedia storytelling.