Photojournalism Career Field

photojournalistPhotojournalists are also called news photographers. They utilize photography to help tell and explain news stories. They will photograph news worthy events and things including people, political events,  community happenings, and other noteworthy items. These photographs can appear in newspapers, magazines, televisions, and now on the internet.

Educational Requirements & Licensing Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Emphasis in Photography ( 4 years)

Photojournalists are not just a run of the mill photographer. They must understand the world of journalism. Most large news employers will require their full-time photographers to have a bachelor’s degree in journalism and some excellent photography experience. Many photojournalists can get some excellent experience working on their college or high school newspaper and journalism staff and doing photography work for them.

Educational Courses

Journalism theory
Developing color photographs
Digital photography
Editorial photography
Portrait lighting

Employment Statistics

Jobs Available In 2008 for general photographers: 152,000
Projected Number job openings in 2018 for general photographers: 169,500
Average annual salary for Salaried Photographers 2011: $29,444

Great Colleges

University of Phoenix
Everest College
Keller University
DeVry University
The Arts Institute

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