Associate Professor - Department of Journalism
John Freeman has headed the photojournalism program at the University of Florida since joining the faculty in 1991. His research interest focuses on successful photojournalists and has been published in Visual Communications Quarterly and News Photographer magazine. He has mentored six undergraduate students on University Scholars research projects.
Freeman previously taught a variety of journalism classes at Wichita State University between 1981-91.
He has a master’s in communication for Wichita State University (1987) and a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism (1975).
His professional experience includes six years as a staff photographer at The Wichita Eagle in Kansas and college internships at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix and The Palm Beach Post in Florida.
Freeman was awarded an American Society of Newspaper Editors fellowship for six weeks of work at The Record in Hackensack, N.J., during summer 2002. He had previously updated his newsroom and photographic skills by shooting assignments as a staff photographer at The Los Angeles Times Orange County Edition during summer 1995. In 1996, he was awarded a fellowship for eight weeks of study at National Geographic magazine.
Freeman is also active in the National Press Photographers Association and was named NPPA Educator of the Year in 2001. He is a two-time winner of the College of Journalism’s Teacher of the Year award (1994, 1999) and he was named CJC International Educator of the Year in 2007.
During Freeman’s tenure, the photojournalism program has won two national championships and seven second places in the Hearst Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition. He is active nationally in the AEJMC Viscom Division and also teaches during UF’s Summer Journalism Institute for high school students.
Since summer 2005, Freeman has conducted a two-week study-abroad journalism course in Berlin, where he lived as a high school student. The 2012 course website was awarded a first place “Best of the Web” prize by the VisCom Division of the national journalism educators association (AEJMC) at its convention during August 2013. Other website links are below.
M.A., Wichita State University, 1987
B.J., University of Missouri, 1975
“Back to Berlin” The Tampa Tribune , March, 16, 2006 and The Gainesville Sun, (Apr., 2006), 3500 words, 10-12 photographs
Professor Freeman’s research interests focus on photojournalists’ career paths and success, personalities, impact of photography on social change, developing multimedia strategies, and journalism ethics.
photojournalism, journalism ethics
- Creative Production/Documentary/Visual Communication
Syllabi from the current and three previous semesters:
- JOU 3601 - Photographic Journalism - section 2930, 2939 - Fall 2016 (PDF)
- JOU 4930 - Special Projects in Journalism: "We are Hearst / #winning" - section 047E - Fall 2016 (PDF)
- JOU 3601 - Photographic Journalism - Spring 2016 (PDF)
- JOU 3601 - Photographic Journalism - section 2932 - Fall 2015 (PDF)
- JOU 4930 - We are Hearst / #winning - section 047E - Fall 2015 (PDF)