Photojournalism Practice I

Photography School -Study photography for a career or job in photography, to start a photo business or take better photos; learning by distance education, through online home study or a photography correspondence course.

Course CodeBPH302
Fee CodeS1
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

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Gain valuable journalism experience by publishing photos for a student publication.

This course takes you through the processes of selection and publishing for a specific publication, submitting work for publication, and meeting the requirements of an editor and publisher. Under the guidance of a mentor (a photography/publishing tutor), you will learn to shoot according to specific criteria, deal with a publisher, and communicate effectively with others involved in the publishing process.

You will come away with at least one published work (maybe more), which will set you on the path to a career as a photojournalist. No matter what you want to photograph, you will find this a great learning experience.


  • A photography course (eg. Introduction to Photography, Photographic Practice, Digital Photography) or equivalent
  • Medium level computer skills, or higher

Lesson Structure

There are 11 lessons in this course:

  1. Scope and Nature of Photojournalism -a short history
  2. Ethics and Photojournalism
  3. What Should I Photograph?
  4. How Should I Photograph It?
  5. Photo Stories / Editing Images
  6. Publishing Opportunities
  7. Working to Specification / Problem Based Learning
  8. Publishing Using Online Management Systems
  9. Taking Photos and Submitting Images
  10. Writing Articles and Captions to Accompany Your Image
  11. Revising Submitted Work

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

This course gives you hands-on experience in shooting for a publication.  

You will work with a tutor (member of our academic staff) who will oversee your role as a photographer for an online publication, for one edition of that publication.

• Reputation: well-known and respected in publishing and writing
  The school runs a successful publishing business, the principal has been
  editor of national magazines; many of the staff are published authors)
• Industry focus: courses designed to suit industry needs and expectations
• Different focus: develop problem solving skills that make you stand out from others
• Hands on: develop practical as well as theoretical skills
• Lots of help: dedicated and knowledgeable tutors.
• Efficient: prompt responses to your questions
• Reliable: established in 1979, independent school with a solid history
• Up to date: courses under constant review
• Resources:  huge wealth of constantly developing intellectual property
• Value: courses compare very favourably on a cost per study hour basis
• Student amenities: online student room, bookshop, ebooks, social networking, acs garden online resources.

Who can benefit from taking this course?

Amateur photographers wanting to improve their technique and step up to the next level.

Early career photographers and photojournalists developing their portfolio.

Early career photographers and photojournalists needing hands-on, practical experience.

Photographers needing a better understanding of the legal and ethical issues within the industry.

Editors and writers wanting to improve their knowledge of the industry to better serve existing clients, or bring in new clientele.

At the end of this course you will:

  • Understand industry terminology and standards
  • Understand how to use specific techniques to achieve the end result you want
  • Understand how to develop a concept for your work
  • Know how to write a compelling caption or accompaniment for your images

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John Mason

Writer, Manager, Teacher and Businessman with over 40 years interenational experience covering Education, Publishing, Leisure Management, Education, and Horticulture. He has extensive experience both as a public servant, and as a small business owner. J
John Edwards

Professional photographer. Experienced in Environmental and Water Services management. Has traveled extensively for photography projects. John has a BA (Hons) Photography, BSc (Hons) Env.Mgt, PGCE
Rachel Syers

Rachel has worked as a newspaper journalist for the past 15 years in a range of roles from sub-editor and social columnist to news reporter, covering rounds such as education, health, council, music, television, court, police, Aboriginal and Islander affa
Christine Todd

University lecturer, businesswoman, photographer, consultant and sustainability expert; with over 40 years industry experience B.A., M.Plan.Prac., M.A.(Social). An expert in planning, with years of practical experience in permaculture.