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Photojournalist for a Day

Overview

Almost 50 years ago Martin Luther King had a dream, “that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character” (King, 1963). This same philosophy of integration and equality is not only applicable to race in our society, but to all groups of people who had been previously treated unfairly. Indeed, the 1960s is an era characterized by the struggle for civil rights of elders, women, gays and lesbians, the disabled, and wage earners. All of your communities today are forever changed due to these groups’ struggles.

Assignment

In this assignment you are going to become photojournalists. Go into your community with a camera and gather evidence to create a PowerPoint presentation of progress (or lack of progress, if you wish) made toward the achievement of civil rights of these and other groups in society. Think about changes in peoples’ rights, including women, the elderly, the disabled, and ethnic and racial minorities. Look at businesses, place names, neighborhoods, public facilities, parks, monuments and other aspects of the built environment.

Be sure to include and fulfill the following objectives in your presentation.

• Your presentation makes a definitive statement about the progress (or lack of progress) that has been made in your community since the Civil Rights movements of the 1960s.

• The photos are your own original work. The quality of your photos will not be assessed.

• Each slide supports or refutes the thesis that progress has been made in the community since the Civil Rights era of the 1960s.

Caution: Do not take pictures of children in public places or at schools. Photographing people is not recommended because it requires getting permission. Do not trespass on private property without written permission from the owner. If in doubt about the appropriateness of your proposed photo subject, consult your instructor.

Please take a look at the unit assignment grading rubric on the course syllabus before you submit. Use it as a checklist to see if you have answered all the required assignment questions and followed other requirements like the use of outside sources and APA formatting.

Your presentation should be between 6-10 slides with accompanying notes, and in addition, one title slide and one references slide.

 

Assignment Rubric

Grade:

Grading Criteria

 

A: 99-110 points

·         Presentation illustrates and explains progress or lack of progress in a community since the movements of the 1960s.

·         Photos are original, appropriate and illustrative of the community’s change.

·         Supporting notes describe the relevance of the photos

·         Presentation meets the posted length requirements

 

B: 88-98 points

·         Presentation illustrates one example of progress or lack of progress in a community since the movements of the 1960’s.

·         Photos are original and of a community.

·         Supporting notes list the photos.

·         Presentation meets the posted length requirements.

 

C:  77-87 points

·         Presentation illustrates a community but does not identify progress or lack of progress since the movements of the 1960’s.

·      Photos are not original.

·      Supporting notes do not contribute to the assignment goal.

·         Presentation does not meet posted length requirements.

D: 66-76 points

·         Presentation is only partially on topic, lacks originality, and briefly comments on a community.

·         Project makes one reference to key assignment questions.

·         Presentation does not meet posted length requirements.

 

F: 0 – 65 points

·         Presentation is off topic and lacks originality.

·         Presentation makes little or no reference to assignment parts.

·         Presentation does not meet posted length requirements.

·         Use of plagiarized photos=graded as zero

 

 

 

  5% or up to 6 points are deducted for grammatical, incorrect  or missing APA formatting and citations, typographic or word usage problems in this assignment. Please visit the KU Writing Center for help with your writing before submitting your next assignment. To find the KU Writing Center log onto your Kucampus.edu homepage and click on academic support center on the bottom right hand side of the page.

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