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Photojournalism (PHJN/PHJF)

Available as a two-year program

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


  • Program Code


  • Credential
    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma

  • Start Date

    September entry; Accelerated stream for applicants with related diploma or degree (PHJF)

Find your career

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

• As photojournalists, reporter-photographers, multimedia producers and editors, picture and assignment editors, freelance photojournalists and photographers, and digital publishing specialists.
• Working across Canada in news organizations, ranging from the biggest dailies to smaller weekly newspapers, wire services and other publications.
92% of 2014 Loyalist grads were working within six months of graduation.*

*Source: KPI Survey 2014, Forum Research Inc. for Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Photographer/Reporter, Postmedia Network
  • 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 deep understanding of news judgment and the principles of storytelling.
• Learn advanced photojournalism techniques in digital photography, video capture and computer-based image processing.
• Get hands-on experience working for Loyalist’s award-winning online community newspaper, the Pioneer.
• Photograph, report, write and edit assignments for the student-run online news service, QNet News.

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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