Submission Requirements and Grading Criteria

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Photojournalism

 

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 newsmagazine, or presented in an interactive format.

The photojournalism F
YP 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. Print Option or Interactive Option
 - 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. 

 The following aspects will be evaluated:

 
- Technical quality of the photographs, which can include aspects such as focus, sharpness, proper 
   contrast, etc.
 - 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 missingz
 - 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 
 - 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
 Written Report 
 Along with the slides (of images exhibited) or copies (of published work - book or newsmagazine), each
 photojournalism 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,
   etc

 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
 Each project group will make an oral presentation. The presentation will include an explanation of the project
 and its goals, as well as a critical assessment. At the end of the presentation, members of the project group will
 answer questions from moderators.

 The following aspects will be examined: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