Visual literacy in the newsroom, the first course under the certificate program in visual journalism, opens for eight students from three Asian countries, July 22.
Six of the eight students were from the Philippines and one each from Indonesia and Bangladesh. They are all working as junior and mid-level executives for print and broadcast organizations.
The course is designed to provide students with a solid grounding in visual literacy. It is the first of a series of three stand-alone courses offered under the certificate program in visual journalism.
Filmmaker and academic Isabel E. Kenny is handling the course. She is a faculty member of the Department of Communication, Ateneo de Manila University. She has previously taught at Boston and Emerson Colleges in Massachusetts, Loyola University of New Orleans and Montclair State University in New Jersey. She was also a television producer-director-writer and on-air talent and later an independent producer for the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in the U.S. and corporate executive director of programming and advertising for a cable company in the Greater Boston area.
The certificate program in visual journalism aims to raise the bar for journalism in Asia through short-term training on the use of visual images in cross-platform, multimedia journalism for reporters, editors and professionals in allied fields.