What Do Photojournalists Do?

July 8, 2013

Photojournalist-What do they doPhotojournalists are reporters for the multimedia age.

They may work for newspapers, journals, magazines or television. They may also freelance or publish their own work online. Photojournalists are responsible for the pictures you encounter in the media every day.

Photojournalist Mark Hancock, believes that it is his job to construct a story using only photographs and a few words. “To tell a story, a sentence needs a subject, a verb and a direct object. News photos need the same construction. Photojournalists tell stories with their images. Also, words are always used in conjunction with photojournalist’s images.”

He refers to the cutline, the short sentence that appears under a photograph. He writes most of his own cutlines because he believes that photojournalists must be able to unite their photographs with these words, to fully illustrate the importance of what the picture is attempting to convey to readers.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,* photojournalists may be required to travel locally or internationally – and must be available to travel on short notice. They often work long, irregular hours. Depending on their assignments, their job settings may be uncomfortable or even dangerous.

Important skills for photojournalists to have include:

Entry-level positions in Photojournalism typically require a post-secondary degree in Visual Journalism or a related field, such as Photography.

Do you have what it takes to study photojournalism? Learn more about the field and about other opportunities for students in the Visual Journalism degree program at Brooks Institute.

*http://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/photographers.htm#tab-1.  Date Accessed:  July 1, 2013.  These are national projections covering all levels of experience; conditions in your area may be different.