Welcome to Photos With Impact, a website geared toward high school journalism teachers and students.
This website was developed in the spring of 2017 as the capstone project in my master’s degree program at Northern Arizona University. My studies were in Writing, Rhetoric and Digital Media Studies. In addition, I am a Certified Journalism Educator through the Journalism Education Association.
My background includes reporting and editing for daily newspapers, teaching high school journalism, advising student publications, and more recently, studying the art of visual rhetoric through photojournalism. Several scholarly works and interviews contributed to my research and to the development of the site. My bibliography can lead you to additional reading.
I am fascinated by the memorable, exciting, thought-provoking, beautiful and gripping images produced by photojournalists around the world. News photographers, through the last 150 years, have played a vital role in bringing attention to political, cultural, social and economic issues. Their images frequently become part of the collective consciousness of our life and times.
I am eager to share several iconic images with you, to spur discussion in your classroom about the venerable history of photojournalism. Consider this an interactive site, with a Lesson Plans portal available if you need it and with a Student Critiques portal for collaborative discussions about the work your students are producing on campus.
— Deborah Ross, CJE
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Please write to me with your comments about the site at:
Tamma Murphy, Paradise Valley High School, Phoenix, AZ, and her Advanced Video Production students.
Lisa Baker, Horizon High School, Phoenix, AZ, and her Photojournalism 1-2 students.
Rebecca Strolic, Notre Dame Prep, Scottsdale, AZ, and her Photojournalism 1-2 students.
Marcus Hall, Paradise Valley High School, Phoenix, AZ, and his Yearbook 1-2/3-4 students.
Tina Cleavelin, CJE, Creative Accounts Manager, Jostens.
Dr. Nancy Barron, Professor, English Department, Northern Arizona University
Dr. Sibylle Gruber, Professor, English Department, Northern Arizona University