Eighteen students from six Asian countries continue to take the 2012-13 Diploma in Photojournalism program which began in May and is now on its third course, Advanced News Photography. Ernie Sarmiento and Peter Carney co-teach the course which begins November19 and ends next year on February 9.
The twelve-week course covers both still and moving images. The first six weeks, with Sarmiento as lead teacher, cover the essentials of advance news photography through the single frozen image in general news, conflict photography, features including portraits, lifestyle and entertainment, sports, and street photography. The second half of the course, with Carney as lead, focuses on the role of video in news photography, the demands of mobile journalism, editing techniques and graphics.
Students have just concluded the Visual Literacy course under Isabel Kenny, who is also DPJ coordinator.
The Visual Literacy course aims to provide photojournalism students with a solid grounding in visual literacy, a form of critical thinking that enables them to construct meaning from images.
Sarmiento, former chief of photographers of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, has been into photography virtually all his life.
Under his watch, the Inquirer Photo Department won several local and international photo contests. The Hongkong-based Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) awarded the PDI the Best News Photograph for 2004 and 2007. Inquirer has an unbroken record of winning the Catholic Mass Media Award for Best News Photo since 2002.
Carney is a freelance photographer and multimedia producer and through his company petercarney.net.
He currently runs photography workshops at the Culture Yard in Beijing and has also taught a course in Multimedia Journalism at Beijing Foreign Studies University.
Carney was also part of a World Press Photo project putting together a comprehensive series of multimedia journalism training videos for the website Shuta.org which aims to train journalists in Africa.