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Photojournalism (PHJN/PHJF)

Available as a two-year program

Tell compelling stories through digital photography. Experienced news photographers and journalists have come to Loyalist from across Canada for the “triple threat skill set” of still digital photography, news and feature writing, and multimedia storytelling.


  • Program Code


  • Credential
    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma

  • Start Date

    September entry; Advanced standing allowing direct entry into Semester 2 possible

Find your career

Intensive training in Canada’s only multi-year photojournalism program gives Loyalist graduates a competitive advantage:

  • Our grads are working across Canada, from the biggest dailies to smaller weekly newspapers, wire services and other publications.
  • Graduates work as photojournalists, reporter-photographers, multimedia producers and editors, picture and assignment editors, freelance photojournalists and photographers, and digital publishing specialists.
  • To maximize their career opportunities, students should be prepared to relocate.
  • 92 per cent of 2014 Loyalist grads were working within six months of graduation (Source: KPI Survey 2014, Forum Research Inc. for MTCU).

Our grads get great jobs

  • Photographer/Reporter, Sun Media
  • Photo Editor, The Canadian Press
  • Photographer, The Toronto Star
  • Reporter/Photographer, The Record
  • Multimedia Journalist, The Jerusalem Post
  • Photographer/Editor, Maclean’s 

Our grads and students were recognized at the National Pictures of the Year awards in May 2015:

  • Student Photographer of the Year (2014) – Annie Sakkab, independent (2015 graduate)
  • Photograph of the Year (2014) – Michelle Siu, independent (2011 student)
  • First Place in the Pictorial category – Daniel Hayduk, AFP (2008 graduate)
  • First Place in the Single Multimedia Category – Melissa Tait, Winnipeg Free Press (2010 graduate)

Is it for you?

People who thrive in Photojournalism come from different backgrounds.  They are usually described as:

  • Artistic or creative
  • Inquisitive
  • Often compelled to record the action, even when they’re part of it

Experiential learning

Get a well-rounded set of skills through hands-on learning in our new Digital Media Centre:

  • Develop skills in reporting, writing, electronic publishing, camera operation and lighting
  • Get a solid understanding of news judgment and the principles of storytelling
  • Learn advanced photojournalism techniques in digital photography, video capture and computer-based image processing
  • Applicants with a degree, diploma or journalism experience can apply for advanced standing to graduate in just 16 months

Apply your skills in a real newsroom environment:

  • Get hands-on experience working on Loyalist’s award-winning online community newspaper, the Pioneer
  • Photograph, report, write and edit assignments for the student-run online news service, QNet News
  • Contribute content throughout the year, building a strong portfolio of published work and transferable skills
  • Assignments may involve optional travel to capture documentary picture stories

Finish your studies with a four-week field placement:

  • Learn on the job with a 120-hour placement with a magazine, newspaper, website, wire service, photo agency, or an editorial photographer
  • Students have done placements at the Canadian Press, the Toronto Sun, the Ottawa Citizen, the Ottawa Sun, the Calgary Herald, the Windsor Star, the Montreal Gazette, the Record, Reuters, Outpost Magazine and Vue Picture Agency

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Learn from respected photojournalists
  • A well-connected, broad-based advisory committee helps connect students with jobs

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