Introduction to PhotoJournalism QLS

Our course code: ST345

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Photojournalism is a particular form of journalism that uses images to tell a news story. We all see the results of photojournalism daily. This is done via newspapers, news magazines, and Internet searches. However, defining photojournalism is difficult for many people.

Photojournalism is not just “taking news pictures.” Photojournalism doesn’t mean you are employed by a specific newspaper or working in a war zone. Photojournalism put simply, is about capturing verbs. It can be argued that photojournalism is the universal form of mass communication. Writing and speaking both require the knowledge of a specific language. However, it is the visual image in many instances be understood by anyone. Facial expressions, emotions, movement and body posture, as well as composition, light and shadow. All of these can tell a story in the same way that words can.

In our media orientated world, more often than not the pictures tell the story, a lot of the time this is instantly or from the scene. Technology advances such as the Internet have enabled us to see these pictures as they happen. No longer do we have to wait until tomorrow’s newspaper for grainy images. With the help of this course, you could go on to record your own piece of history.

Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to ‘think pictures.’ You will need to cultivate a news sense and ‘think journalistically’. You will discover as the course unfolds that this thread must continue through all your work. It must emerge in your pictures, your captions, and the linking ingredient that comprises a further discipline of interviewing.

On this Introduction to Photo Journalism course, you will:

  • Be introduced to journalistic techniques and how they relate to photography
  • Be helped to become a Storyteller. Learn the principles of narrative, and how to tell a visual story
  • Be armed with the knowledge and skills to produce professional standard photojournalistic articles

Develop an eye for taking fantastic photos that make news stories sparkle with this introductory photojournalism course.

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  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Affordable price plans

    We’ll find a way to make this course fit in to your budget.

  • Awarding body: QLS

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

Study Hours

Up to 90 hours which is around 30 minutes per day for 6 months.

Study Method

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, posters, leaflets, presentations, PowerPoint presentations, video/audio recordings, work-based and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Each unit is followed by a written tutor-marked assignment (TMA), which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. You will not be required to take an external exam.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from QLS (Quality Licence Scheme) and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). You can read more about QLS here. 

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 2

Course Content

1: Introduction to Freelance Journalism
  • What is news?
  • The elements of news
  • News in the community
  • Community newspapers
2: What makes a good Freelance Journalist?
  • What makes a good Freelance Journalist?
  • The function of a Freelance Journalist
3: Gathering the News
  • The beat system
  • Sources and tools
4: Interviewing
  • Preparing mechanically for interviews
  • Developing note -taking skills
  • Picking the interview location
  • Conduct pre-interview research
  • Conduct the interview
  • Conduct the post -interview
5: Understanding Photo Journalism
  • Taking photographs for publication
  • Two visual considerations
  • Depth of field
  • Isolating a subject
  • Lenses and perspectives
  • Composition
  • The principles of composition
  • Action in still photographs
  • Stopping action.
6: Obtain and Record Cutline Information
  • Who gathers cutline information?
  • How to record the information
  • What to record
  • Match up the information with the photograph
  • When to record the information
  • Sports photography hints
  • Filing cutline information
7: Writing a Photographic Cutline
  • Introduction
  • The four-part cutline
  • Equipment available
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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!