KARACHI: The Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) conducted a course on "Photojournalism" from November 7-18, 2016 at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. This innovative course was co-taught by Sally Ryan from Medill School of Journalism and Nefer Sehgal, formerly of The Express Tribune. Nineteen working journalists mostly photojournalists from across Pakistan attended the training program.
The class combined daily lectures with photo assignments and critiques, as well as a multiple-image picture story due at the end of the session.
Students of this course learned how to be proactive visual journalists as it is believed that photojournalists are more than photographers; they are communicators and educators. The instructors discussed ways to work with subjects in the field, and how to collaborate with writers and editors to produce informative and illustrative images.
To be more effective, Sally and Nefer utilized contemporary and historical examples to instruct and inspire the students. They were briefed on camera functions followed by on-campus shooting assignment after which the students submitted a series of photographs. The instructors reviewed and critiqued the photographs after which the students were given a follow-up assignment.
During their on-campus assignments, the students were also taught to use light, composition and color to make visually stimulating photos.
Besides shooting on campus, the students also visited Karachi beach and took a bus tour to the city center to tell more stories through their photographs. The instructors observed tremendous improvement in the later assignments. On the last day, the students presented their remarkable work using the techniques and lessons learned out of the "Photojournalism" class.
Commenting on students' final assignments, trainer Sally Ryan said, "Your hard work paid off in the fantastic photos you made, and you all made huge strides in a mere 10 days".
To supplement the lessons, there were some guest sessions too. Yousuf Nagori who is a senior photojournalist at Dawn newspaper spoke on how a photojournalist can highlight ignored stories and how they can cover the important events with minimal guidance.
News Editor at Friday Times, and ex-city editor at Daily Times and Express Tribune, Mahim Maher conducted a session on: What an editor looks for in a picture? Another guest session was led by famous director and producer, Jami, who spoke on how journalists can use their mobile phones for shooting videos. He also shared his experience of shooting a famous Telenor ad film using his mobile phone.
The training ended with certificate distribution ceremony and end note speeches by the trainers; CEJ director, Kamal Siddiqi and program manager, Christie Lauder.