| Evaluation Criteria|
The photojournalism FYP is for those students who feel that they may want to pursue photojournalism as a
profession. The finished project is to be a photojournalistic essay or documentary on a single specific theme or
issue. It must meet professional standards and be exhibited - preferably in a gallery, published (as a book) or in
a news magazine, or presented in an interactive format.
The photojournalism FYP is marked on four main components:
- Visual content (70%)
- Textual context of the visual storytelling (10%)
- Presentation (Print option - exhibition/book) or Interface design (Interactive option - CD ROM/ Website) - 10%
- Written report and oral defense (10%)
| 1. Visual content|
The following aspects will be evaluated:
- Technical quality of the photographs, which can include aspects such as focus, sharpness, proper contrast,
- Creativity, as evidenced in the aesthetic qualities of the photographs and the proposed layout. This can
include visual aspects such as expression, lighting, composition etc.
- The completeness and thoroughness of the project story. Are any vital aspects of the story missing.
- The difficulty factor - how challenging was it to do this particular story? This could include aspects such as
newsworthiness or the social importance of subject.
| 2. Textual contect of the visual storytelling|
| The textual context should include the scope and depth of the topic chosen and explain the significance of the |
photos. The text and captions should be no more than 2,000 words.
| 3. Presentation|
| - Print Option|
The final product will be a selection of photographic prints suitable for exhibition or publication. A one-person
project should consist of a least 15, and no more than 20 photographs. A two-person project should consist of
between 30 and 40 photographs.
The preferred format of the photographic images is exhibition-quality 11-inch by 14-inch photographic prints
(either black and white or colour), each mounted on 16-inch by 20-inch mat board or foam core board. Original
captions and credit lines should be attached to each of the mounted prints.
In addition, two sets of colour slide duplicates (with detailed captions) of the photographs (exhibited) or two
copies of the book or two CD's of the interactive presentation must be submitted for grading.
| - Interactive Option|
The final product will be either an interactive CD-ROM or an interactive website. The number of pictures per
group is the same as that required for the Print option.
Three copies of the final project, in digital software format, must be submitted for marking.
The following aspects will be evaluated:
- Technical quality of the photographs
- Completeness of the story
- Creativity in photographs and design
- Interface design
- Ambitiousness of the project
| 4. Written Report and Oral Defense|
| - Written Report|
The project must include three copies of a 10- to 30-page written report, bound in accordance with FYP
Committee guidelines, which must contain the following information:
- An introduction and description of the project
- Background information about the theme or subject of the essay
- Proposed audience for the project
- A written story suitable to accompany the photographs in the exhibition or publication
- An analysis of the photographic style used, locating it within the genre of documentary photojournalism by
comparing it to the styles of other photojournalists
- A summary containing insights learned during the project, difficulties encountered and how they were solved,
Examiners will look for:
- The clarity of the writing
- The completeness of the report. Are all required sections complete?
- The quality and creativity of the written part of the project story
- A critical self-evaluation of the project and its results
| - Oral Defense|
Although joint presentations (written and oral) from each group will suffice, students will be graded individually
for their contributions to the project. Students should see that members of the group assume responsibility for
their own share of project tasks.
The following aspects will be examined:
- The clarity of the presentation. Is it easy to understand the rationale for the project?
- Are all members well prepared?
- Evidence of critical thinking
- An analysis of the style used