This thesis project examines a skills gap involving new technologies within photographic departments of many newspaper organizations. Traditional film based photography is now used in conjunction with digital photography. After images are acquired, photojournalists create electronic color separations within color imaging software. Quite often these separations are created without an understanding of the rules and concepts that govern quality color reproduction in newsprint. As advancements continue in digital imaging and prepress environments, skills must be acquired to ensure optimum color reproduction. This thesis project examines the educational theories of Walter Dick, Lou Carey and Charles Layne as they relate to a systematic design of instruction. An analysis of these theories provides an appropriate learning module for obtaining the required skills in color separation techniques. These theories include the recognition and identification of the following: an instructional goal, an instructional analysis, identification of entry behaviors and subordinate skills, and the design of instructional content. Results of this examination have been used for the creation of an instructional guide for the photojournalist. This guide has been designed and written for the photojournalist working in the digital prepress environment who encompasses the identified entry behaviors and subordinate skills required for quality learning. The photojournalist may be a veteran within the industry or a student of the trade. An evaluation of this thesis project will be based on the following: 1. A proposed workflow based upon the identification of various color electronic separation techniques used by photojournalists. This workflow will be incorporated into educational material that facilitates an optimum learning of concepts and procedures inherent to quality color reproduction in newsprint. 2. The creation of printed educational material based upon the theories derived from instruction designers.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Color printing--Data processing; Color separation; Photojournalism; Image processing--Digital techniques; Instructional systems--Design

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School of Print Media (CIAS)


Riordan, Michael


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