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«Concordia University Faculty of Arts & Science Department of Journalism Diploma in Visual Journalism Program Proposal February 27, 2014 Table of ...»

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4.2.1 GPA Requirement The academic progress of students is evaluated by the Diploma Program Director each semester. To be permitted to continue in the program, students must obtain a cumulative grade point average of at least

2.70 based on a minimum of 12 credits.

4.2.2 C Rule Normally, a student receiving a grade of C in two courses will be required to withdraw from the program. Students withdrawing for this reason may petition the Diploma Committee for special consideration. In case of extenuating circumstances probationary continuation in the program will be considered.

4.2.3 F Rule

Students who receive a failing grade in the course of their studies will be withdrawn from the program.

Students may apply for re-admission. Students who receive another failing grade after re-admission will be withdrawn from the program and will not be considered for re-admission.

4.2.4 Time Limit All work for a Diploma program must be completed within 6 terms (2 years) from the time of initial registration in the program for full-time students.

4.2.5 Graduation Requirement To graduate, students must have completed all course requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.70.

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4.3.2 Proposed course descriptions JOUR 500 Perspectives on Contemporary Media* This course examines the complex structures of modern media and how they have evolved. It focuses on media theory and the organization, practices and problems of media enterprises, and their impact on audiences and on society. The effects of technology, ownership and regulation are discussed within the framework of an examination of public access and media accountability.

*Existing course in Diploma in Journalism.

JOUR 502 Introduction to the Print Process* This is a comprehensive lecture/laboratory course, which lays the foundations for the writing and reporting demands of journalism. Students are introduced to the salient features of print formats, and receive assignments in information- gathering and writing both in class and in the field.

*Existing course in Diploma in Journalism. Students who have completed a comparable undergraduate or graduate course with a grade of B or higher may elect with approval of the Graduate Program Director to enrol in JOUR 520 (directed study).

Diploma in Visual Journalism, February 27, 2014 18 23 JOUR 503 Introduction to Visual Journalism This workshop course lays the foundation for the visual aspects of journalistic story-telling. Working with digital, single-lens reflex cameras, students acquire fundamental skills for the practice of visual journalism, becoming familiar with a variety of aesthetic, technical, ethical and theoretical concerns involved in the visual production of meaning.

JOUR 507 Basics of Digital Imaging This workshop course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of editing news photographs.

Working with actual news photographs and editing software, students learn to weigh aesthetic and technical considerations with the ethical and theoretical aspects involved in the visual production of meaning.

JOUR 513 Journalism Ethics and the Law* This course examines the journalist’s responsibility in terms of both ethics and the law. It introduces students to a representative cross-section of ethical theories and codes and takes an intensive look at the most common legal issues affecting the practice of journalism.

*Existing course in Diploma in Journalism. Students who have completed a comparable undergraduate or graduate course with a grade B or higher may, with approval of the Graduate Program Director, chose from the following two electives to complete their program: JOUR 528 (On-line Magazine) or JOUR 532 (Public Affairs Workshop in Broadcast Journalism).

JOUR 521 Visual Story-Telling This workshop introduces students to the dynamic and aural elements of visual story-telling in the context of multi-platform journalism. Students acquire technical skills of video and sound capture through instruction that brings to bear aesthetic, ethical and theoretical considerations.

JOUR 523 News and Feature Photography This workshop course covers a range of journalistic topics – hard news, general news, features, arts, sports – to emphasize the thematic particularities of visual story-telling. The course requires students to consider and incorporate the narrative and representative dimensions of visual journalism through a variety of assignments.

Diploma in Visual Journalism, February 27, 2014 19 24 JOUR 527 Elements of Lighting for Visual Journalism This workshop course introduces students to lighting techniques for both still photography and video story-telling. Students learn to weigh technical and aesthetic aspects of lighting with the ethical and theoretical dimensions involved in the manipulation or alteration of the shooting environment.

JOUR 531 Visual Journalism Photo Editing This advanced workshop course covers the decision-making process for news, magazine and online photography, treating photo editing as a collaborative element of visual journalism. Moving beyond aesthetic and technical aspects, it situates editing within the larger context of news production, such as collaborating with reporters, editors and photo editors in the story-telling process.





JOUR 535 Documentary and Photographic Series This advanced workshop course concentrates on the photo story, the editorial essay and the documentary essay. The course emphasizes pre-visualization, planning, logistics and realization as well as optimizing series for newspaper, magazine and online publications.

JOUR 537 Visual Journalism Portfolio This advanced capstone workshop focuses on students creating professional portfolios, helping them create and establish their individual brands as professional visual journalists.

4.4 Strengths and research activities in the department The department has over the past ten years established a research profile, particularly through the hiring of new faculty members with both professional journalism experience and research-based graduate degrees. Our faculty members are currently working in the research areas of news geography, political economy, health and science reporting, trauma, issues of race and diversity, technology, political journalism, the media and nationalism, newsroom ethnography and gender and journalism. The department introduced in September, 2009 an MA in Journalism Studies, a two-year, research-oriented program for students seeking formation in critical research and scholarship. While the proposed Graduate Diploma in Visual Journalism is not research-oriented, our wide-ranging research activities inform all of classroom teaching, whether workshop or theory-based lecture courses.

Diploma in Visual Journalism, February 27, 2014 20 25 Peter Downie, MA, Journalism Studies, (Concordia University), Senior Lecturer. Peter Downie is an award-winning former radio and television broadcaster with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

His MA thesis examined the renewal of journalistic practice during the reporting of the 2010 Haitian earthquake. As a regional and national host of current affairs/documentary programs, Downie developed an intimate knowledge of the critical role played by local television and particularly the medium of radio in sustaining the bonds of community. Downie’s doctoral research interest is in mapping the dramatic changes occurring in Canada’s broadcast landscape caused, in large part, by digital technologies that make it possible to “program” a community from a distant hard drive stacked on a closet shelf. The local voices, of mainly rural communities, are vanishing and Downie’s research documents this loss and unpacks what it means for community life.

Brian Gabrial, PhD, Mass Communications, (University of Minnesota), Associate Professor. Dr.

Gabrial's research focuses on the 19th-century press in America as it concerns discourse, power, and race. His exploration of 19th-century Canadian press concerns the media constructions of national identity. Dr. Gabrial’s book The Melancholy Effect of Popular Excitement: The Press and Slavery in America, which explores genealogy of race discourse in antebellum America, is under review at the University of South Carolina Press. His journal article “From Haiti to Nat Turner: Racial Panic Discourse during the Nineteenth Century Partisan Press Era” recently was published in American Journalism’s Fall, 2013 volume. His book chapter “Alarming Intelligence: Sensationalism in Newspapers after the Raids at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, and St. Albans, Vermont” appears in the

forthcoming collection Murder, Mayhem, Mudslinging, Scandals, Stunts, Hatred, and Disasters:

Sensationalism in 19th Century Reporting from Transaction Press. A secondary research interest includes literary journalism studies and Canadian nationalism in the 19th-century press.

Mike Gasher, PhD, Communication Studies (Concordia University), Professor. A former newspaper reporter and editor (1972-93), Dr. Gasher's central research interest is media geography. He is the principal investigator of the externally-funded Geography of News Project (FQRSC 2002-05; SSHRC 2004-07, 2008-11, 2011-14), which posits journalism as a form of cartography. Journalists, that is, through their reporting, situate their audience community within the larger world. Through words, images and sounds, journalists sketch out the boundaries of community, name community, describe community, position community with respect to its neighbours, highlight other regions with which this community has important political, economic and cultural ties, relegating to the margins great swaths Diploma in Visual Journalism, February 27, 2014 21 26 of the rest of the world and great numbers of people. Dr. Gasher has published journal articles on the geographies of journalism and cinema, journalism education and health reporting in Journalism Studies, Aether: the Journal of Media Geography, the Canadian Journalism of Communication, and Social Science and Medicine. He is the lead author of the seventh edition of the textbook Mass Communication in Canada (Oxford University Press, 2012), author of the monograph Hollywood North (UBC Press, 2002), and co-editor of two edited collections: Contracting Out Hollywood (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005) and Converging Media, Diverging Politics (Lexington Books, 2005).

Andrea Hunter, PhD, Sociology (Queen’s University), Assistant Professor. Dr. Hunter’s research focuses on new media, citizen journalism, online identity, digitization and the changing landscape of newsrooms. Her SSHRC funded doctoral research into the digital humanities and gaming has been turned into a manuscript that is under consideration by McGill-Queen’s Press. Her forthcoming chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Virtuality (Oxford 2013) - “Virtual Dystopia” - examines the allure of online games, such as World of Warcraft, and the digital sublime. She has been a producer and on-air contributor with CBC Radio One and Two for over a decade. She was a producer, on-air contributor and fill-in host of The Roundup, a national arts and entertainment program on CBC Radio One (2000In addition, she has been an associate producer, journalist and host on morning and afternoon shows on CBC Radio in Prince Rupert, Halifax, Vancouver, Victoria and Ottawa. She began her career in private radio and television in Northern Manitoba and Northern BC.

Linda Kay, MA, Media Studies (Concordia University), Associate Professor. Professor Kay has served as chair of Concordia’s Journalism Department since 2010. She began teaching at Concordia after a long career as a newspaper and magazine journalist, most significantly as the first female sports writer on the Chicago Tribune. Her academic research centers on two diverse areas: contemporary media coverage of trauma and tragedy; and the history of women in the journalism field. She has cowritten articles on trauma reporting for the scholarly journals Journalism Studies and Journalism Practice. As well, she has written three books, the most recent is entitled The Sweet Sixteen: The Journey that Inspired the Canadian Women’s Press Club, published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2012.

Lisa Lynch, PhD, Literature in English (Rutgers University), Assistant Professor. Dr. Lynch works broadly at the intersection between culture, technology, and political change, publishing, presenting and Diploma in Visual Journalism, February 27, 2014 22 27 teaching her research in the fields of new media, global media flows, visual culture and human rights.

From 2004-2006, she was the director, along with Elena Razlogova (now Assistant Professor of History at Concordia) of the Guantanamobile Project, a multimedia documentary about the U.S. detention of prisoners at Guantanamo. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from Journalism Practice and New Literary History to Open Democracy and The Arab Studies Journal. She is currently at work on two book projects; one on the representation of the post-cold war nuclear threat in film, museums and the visual arts, and another on the ever-increasing boundary skirmishes between traditional, institutional sites of facticity and newer, contingent sites of authority. In 2012-2013, she has three concurrent research projects: a SSHRC-funded investigation into the way in which Canadian newspapers understand Internet governance; a Grand/NCE funded project on the archiving of borndigital news materials, and a Grand/NCE project on newsgaming.

James S. McLean, PhD, Communication Studies, (Concordia University), Assistant Professor. Dr.

McLean's research focuses on three areas of journalism studies: visual culture in historical representation; strategic political communication; and the socio-economic development of online journalism forms. His current FQRC-funded project, now in its third year, seeks to explain the role of the journalistic entrepreneur in the development of new online newspapers and the way those newspapers serve specific speech communities. His upcoming book (McGill-Queen's University Press,



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