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Photojournalism

Available as a two-year program

Our students come from across Canada and around the world for the “triple-threat skill set” of multimedia storytelling through video production, digital photography and news and feature writing. This program gives Loyalist College graduates a competitive advantage as cross-platform photojournalists, multimedia producers and editors, photographers, picture and assignment editors, and digital publishing specialists. Our graduates often work nationally and internationally in multimedia content creation for news organizations, wire services, and for digital and traditional publishers.


This program will be delivered in-person for the Winter semester. For more information, please visit our Winter 2022 Program Delivery page.

Testimonials

  • Credential
    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma

  • Start Date

    September entry; Advanced standing 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, websites and other publications.

Is it for you?

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

  • Inquisitive, curious
  • Storytellers
  • Visually oriented
  • Creative
  • Engaged

Our grads get great jobs

  • Photographer/Reporter, Postmedia Network Inc.
  • Photo Editor, The Canadian Press
  • Photographer, The Toronto Star
  • Reporter/Photographer, The Record
  • Photographer/Editor, Maclean’s
  • Videographer/Editor, Maclean's, Rogers Media

Award-winning grads & students

2021 World Press Photo Awards:
Sports, Stories category

  • First Place – Chris Donovan

2021 Emerge Media Awards:
Photojournalism

  • Second Place – Alex Bowman (2021)

2020 National Pictures of the Year Awards:
Photojournalist of the Year

  • Winner – Darren Calabrese (2005) – Independent

Photograph of the Year

  • Winner – Carlos Osorio (2005) – Reuters

2019 National Pictures of the Year Awards:
Photojournalist of the Year

  • Winner – Ben Nelms (2010) – CBC 
  • Finalist – Darren Calabrese (2005) – Independent

Student Photographer of the Year

  • Alex Filipe (2020)

2017 World Press Photo Awards:

  • Giovanni Capriotti placed first in the Sports Stories category
  • Darren Calabrese placed third in the Sports Stories category

To view examples of student work, please visit loyalistcollegephotojournalism.ca.

Experiential learning

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

  • Learn how to create cross-platform content, photograph and write stories in an accurate, detailed, balanced, professional and timely manner to meet client needs for a variety of audiences.
  • Work independently and collaborate as a member of an editorial and/or production team to develop and critique stories and content to meet the needs of various audiences.
  • Develop strategies for personal and professional development to gain and update technical and non-technical skills required to work in the media industry.
  • Gain experience with production equipment to prepare and distribute and/or publish content for designated media platforms.
  • Comply with relevant Canadian legislation, standards and the principles and best practices of journalism.
  • Interpret and express the context for designated publications and/or productions to meet client needs for a variety of audiences.

Finish your studies with a four-week field placement:

  • Learn on the job with a 140-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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