Introduction to Photo Journalism

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

Photo journalism is not just “taking news pictures.” Photo journalism doesn’t mean you are employed by a specific newspaper or working in a war zone. Photo journalism 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 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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Study Hours

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

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 a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

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.


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 by ABC Awards 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 ABC here.  Tens of thousands of people each year further their education with an ABC award.

Additional Information
Level 2
Section 1
Introduction to Freelance Journalism
  • What is news?
  • The elements of news
  • News in the community
  • Community newspapers

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

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 12 months.

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.

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

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

No. While you can choose to write your assignments by hand, the majority of students type up their work in a word processor and then submit it via email to their tutors. A typed essay is much easier to save and edit and makes it easier for tutors to read.

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