Photojournalism: A Social Semiotic Approach

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-10-31
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Photojournalism provides an analysis of press photography from a social semiotic perspective. It explores the role of photography in the news and how meanings are made in news photographs. It also investigates the meanings that are made at the intersection of words and images in the news story context. This is becoming increasingly important for multimodal news reporting in the twenty-first century.

The book brings together the author's experiences as a professional photographer, lecturer and researcher to provide readers with a comprehensive tool kit for analyzing images and text-image relations. It explores a wide range of case studies and will appeal to scholars in Social Semiotics, Linguistics, Communications Studies, Critical Discourse Analysis and Media/Journalism Studies.

Author Biography

Helen Caple is a Lecturer in Media, Communications and Journalism at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. Her primary research interests centre on press photography and text-image relations. She is the co-author of News Discourse (with Monika Bednarek) and has also worked as a press photographer in the UK.

Table of Contents

1. Introducing the Multisemiotic News Story
2. News Values and the Multisemiotic News Story
3. The Multiple Functionality of News Images
4. Composition and Aesthetic Value in Press Photography
5. Text-image Relations in News Discourse Part 1: Image as Nucleus
6. Text-image Relations in News Discourse Part 2: Image as Satellite
7. Text-image Relations in News Discourse Part 3: Sequences of Images
8. Evolving Practices

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