Journalism

Advance your marketability with COM's Photojournalism focus

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Tyler Hicks (’92) was one of several journalists held hostage for four days in mid-March by Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces in Libya. These are his photos of the 2011 war in Libya.

Photojournalism Focus

Photojournalists entering this competitive field must be able to do more than take the picture and write the caption. The convergence of digital technology, delivery of information over the internet, and the evolution of multimedia make it essential that photographers possess more skills than ever before. Students pursuing an MS degree in Journalism (with a focus in PhotoJO) will be expected to complete a total of 8 courses designed to achieve three goals:


  1. Mastery of the basics of journalism and an understanding of the history, principles, ethics, laws and practices of the profession;
  2. Expertise in the field of photojournalism, including mastery of technology required for success in the field;
  3. The ability to work in a variety of formats, including still photography, video, sound, online, social media, and multimedia.

Photojournalism students are required to become educated in the fundamentals of journalism while achieving expertise in their field of concentration. Writing skills and journalism fundamentals are stressed in the core courses; advanced photo courses include instruction in telling stories effectively through visual media, editing photo stories, producing multimedia packages, and developing a portfolio required for entry into the profession. Students are encouraged to take additional courses in other media in order to advance their marketability and skill sets in the many formats used to convey news and informed opinion.