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Schools with a Photojournalism Major: How to Choose

Photojournalism is the use of photography as storytelling technique in a journalistic setting. Many U.S. colleges offer undergraduate photojournalism programs.

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Photojournalism education exists primarily as bachelor's degrees. All public and private institutions offering photojournalism majors teach the fundamentals of the trade and allow students access to the basic necessities of photography, such as computer labs and dark rooms.

Schools with Photojournalism

The following 4-year public and private schools offer photojournalism bachelor's degrees:

College/University Location Institution Type Tuition (2015-2016)*
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI 4-year, Public $11,850 (In-state) $23,670 (Out-of-state)
Johnson State College Johnson, VT 4-year, Public $11,018 (In-state) $23,714 (Out-of-state)
Ohio University Athens, OH 4-year, Public $11,548 (In-state) $20,512 (Out-of-state)
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit $37,124
University of Missouri Columbia, MO 4-year, Public $9,509 (In-state) $25,166 (Out-of-state)
Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, KY 4-year, Public $9,482 (In-state) $24,132 (Out-of-state)

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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School Selection Criteria

Some things that potential photojournalism students should consider include:

  • A major in photojournalism may emphasize topics such as film or digital photography, editorial journalism or photo editing; some may even focus on specific media, whether newspaper, magazine or Web. Other programs offer photojournalism as a concentration within a broader program. It's important to choose the program that will align with your career goals.
  • Look at electives available outside the journalism core; complements may include narrative writing, video production or web authoring.
  • Colleges may have workshop opportunities, which are week-long intensive study programs.
  • Whether a program has internship opportunities or a mandatory practicum.

Bachelor's Degree in Photojournalism

Undergraduate courses in photojournalism are typically designed for students with no camera experience, and instruction starts at the basics. As classes progress, students learn how to effectively communicate newsworthy stories through photography. Graduates leave with complete, advised portfolios of work.

Bachelor's degree programs in photojournalism are available at 4-year public and private institutions across the country. As students begin searching for a school and program to attend, they may want to consider program specializations, beneficial electives, internship opportunities and more.

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