Photojournalism Course Descriptions

Photojournalism courses are available through bachelor's and master's degree programs in photography, graphic design, journalism and photojournalism. Read on to learn about the classes offered in this field of study.

Essential Information

In addition to learning to create written pieces through the development of photographs, photojournalism students gain experience using audio, video and other multimedia to tell a story.

Here is an outline of common concepts taught in photojournalism classes:

  • Web and print journalism
  • Editing
  • Ethics in journalism
  • Non-fiction screenwriting
  • Interviewing techniques

List of Courses

Introductory Photography Course

Basic courses in photography introduce students to the fundamentals of taking professional photographs. Participants take pictures of people and buildings in different lighting situations. They also develop the photos themselves. Techniques for taking black-and-white and color photos are explored. Many programs still primarily use film in the introductory courses, but even those programs incorporate some experimentation with digital cameras.

Beginning Photojournalism Course

Students taking this course gain experience photographing people and events in natural lighting situations. They also practice setting up newspaper or magazine page layouts and choosing the photos that best fit the headlines and illustrate the stories. Students taking this class are expected to hand in photos to accompany story headlines or articles. They might also take still photos for feature stories and develop their own captions.

Photojournalism Techniques Course

In this intermediate photojournalism course, students learn how to develop pictures so they come out bright and clear. They take photos in low-light situations to learn how to adjust camera settings to compensate for the lack of light. As in beginning photojournalism classes, students take pictures for a wide variety of stories. Some professors may require that students take pictures at a sporting event to practice movement pictures. Other applications include taking pictures at concerts or of the cafeteria food.

Storytelling Through Photography Course

Advanced photojournalism courses, such as this, rely solely on photographs to tell a story. Students are required to spend a large amount of time with a story in order to accurately photograph what's happening and get enough photos to illustrate a story without words. As with a documentary film, students explore and capture the elements of various situations and use the images to convey meaning. They are also required to find the best way to lay out the photos to further illustrate the story.

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