Online Photojournalism Courses and Classes Overview

Online photojournalism courses can help a photographer develop the understanding and skills needed to present images in a compelling style. Studies explain photojournalism techniques that can enhance a written news story or tell one of its own.

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Online Courses in Photojournalism

The list below offers brief descriptions of some of the more commonly offered online courses related to photojournalism.

  • Journalism Studies Course: Journalism studies courses cover a range of topics vital toward understanding photojournalism, such as news reporting, ethics, digital photo imaging and interviewing.
  • Photography Sales and Skills Course: This online course teaches photographers of every skill level how to take pictures that sell, develop contacts in the publishing industry and operate a photography business. Students build a portfolio while learning the basics of photojournalism storytelling.
  • Design and Digital Photography Course: In this project-based course, students are introduced to the basics of digital photography and design. Use of digital imaging software, which may include Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Photoshop Elements 8, is often required.
  • Advanced Techniques in Digital Photography Course: This online course helps advanced photojournalists gain proficiency in digital imaging techniques, such as image optimization, image marketing and sales, and color and file management. Students may be asked to keep a portfolio of work for public display. This type of course is usually geared toward visual artists, professional image specialists, graphic designers and archivists.
  • Electronic Darkroom Course: This course introduces students to the creation and alteration of digital images through color, masking and merging with illustrations. Topics include image property rights and the ethical consequences of changing digital photographs.
  • Photography in Art Course: This online course introduces students to the practice of artistic photography. It also covers the concepts and principles of digital photography and the ways in which it can be integrated by the artist. This course could be used to fulfill a general education requirement in an art major.
  • Photojournalism Course: Students learn to understand the elements of a great photo and view the world as a photojournalist. They acquire the skills needed to take compelling photographs. Other topics covered include the essential camera techniques of exposure and composition.
  • Documentary Photography: This course is designed to introduce students to famous documentary photographers and photojournalists. A documentary photo project will be completed.
  • Narrative Photography: In this course, students examine myriad topics, like techniques for shooting candid photos, portraits and travel essays. Students also learn how to create a proposal of their work for photo editors, caption their work and create a portfolio.

Program Information

Online photojournalism courses are available as standalone, non-credit classes or as part of certificate and degree programs in journalism and photography. Courses are available in subjects such as professional photography, video making, and advanced photojournalism techniques. Within the online courses, students will create a portfolio of work that will help them find employment in the field.

Student photojournalists must know how to use a digital camera and have access to a newer computer with a large hard drive and preferably a high-resolution monitor. Proficiency in the use of digital imaging software is required; students should check with the school to see which programs will be used in the course.

You can study photojournalism online through free courses as well as for-credit courses that lead to a certificate or degree. Coursework covers such areas as narrative photography, advanced techniques in digital photography and journalism studies.

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