Dave LaBelle to teach two courses at Campbellsville for part of Spring semester

Dave LaBelle, center, chats with KPA President Jay Nolan during Campbellsville University’s Media Appreciation Luncheon. Photo provided by Campbellsville University.

From Campbellsville University Mass Communications


Dave LaBelle, a photojournalist well known to many in Kentucky, will be an in-residence professor for the second eight weeks of the spring semester at Campbellsville University.

LaBelle has worked as a photographer and professor for more than 35 years. He has written numerous books on photography and won numerous awards for his photos.

LaBelle will be teaching two courses. One is Faith and Photojournalism, a course he has longed to teach.

This is how he describes the course,

“This is a photojournalism class designed to teach photography and storytelling on a foundation of faith in Jesus Christ.   We will not teach doctrine, but seek to apply Biblical principles, especially from the New Testament.  The primary goal is to create or strengthen a compassionate journalistic conscience which will serve students throughout their careers.

Assignments are designed to build or reinforce a student’s technical, aesthetic and content-gathering skills, while equipping them with an ethical thought process which will better equip them to face the myriad of challenging situations they will encounter.

Those taking the course should have experience with a camera.

The other class is Photo Healing.

This is how he describes the course,

“In the right hands, photography can possess almost magical powers to help both subject and photographer heal from life’s pains.   The camera can take help us move the focus away from our pains and problems.  While listening and looking through the viewfinder, studies have proven photography can be healing medicine because it takes the focus off self, our problems.

“This experiential class is designed to teach students how to use photography and storytelling as compassionate tools for healing and connection.  Service-based, our mission will be to use photography to educate and connect people of different ages and backgrounds, while reminding each of us how we need each other.”

This course requires a basic knowledge of photography and the camera.

Those who know Dave LaBelle know what a great photographer, storyteller and person he is, said Stan McKinney, lead professor for mass communication at Campbellsville University.

“These courses will be very special,” McKinney said. “Those who take these classes will come away with much better photo skills and compassion and energy for telling stories that need to be told. I can’t wait to get him on campus.”

Registration for the classes will begin in late October.

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