Undergraduate Concentration in Photojournalism

The undergraduate photojournalism program is designed to accommodate the needs of all students, from beginning photographers to those with prior experience. Photojournalists entering this competitive field must be able to do far 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 visual journalists possess more skills than ever before.

Students are expected to achieve three key goals:

  • Knowledge of the basics of journalism and an understanding of the history, principles, ethics, laws and practices of the profession.
  • Expertise in the field of photojournalism, including mastery of technology required for success in the field.
  • 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 will include instruction in telling stories effectively through the visual media, editing photo stories, producing multimedia packages, and developing a portfolio required for entry into the profession. Students are encouraged to take elective courses in other media in order to advance their marketability and skill sets in the many formats used to convey news and informed opinion.

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Peter Southwick, associate professor of journalism and director of Boston University’s photojournalism program, discusses his work as a photojournalist for organizations such as the Associated Press and The Boston Globe. He also outlines the essential traits of a good photojournalist.