Photojournalism Degree | School of Journalism | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Mass Communication and Media Arts

Photojournalism students take photos at Pinky's in Chester


Your destination to learn photojournalism

Capturing moments, events, personalities and telling stories through pictures prepare students for a career in photojournalism. But it's not just photography; our students also try their hands at multimedia. Students shoot and edit video and audio pieces that are published in the Daily Egyptian, SIU's student-run newspaper. Students also work with nationally acclaimed photographs during weekend workshops. These workshops offer experiental leaning.  Students capture compelling photos, edit, research and tell stories about a selected local community. 

DE photographer Morgan Timms

Photojournalism students learn to

  • gather
  • write
  • photograph
  • edit 
  • and share

compelling, award-winning news and feature photos.

Our program remains on the cutting edge by integrating traditional instruction in a digital environment with new media skills in website development, audio and video production.

Graduating students are fully aware of the power of photography, are well grounded in the legal and ethical traditions of the profession and are practically prepared to make a significant contribution to contemporary journalism.

Students take classes in

  • basic and advanced photography
  • news writing
  • media law
  • editing
  • graphic design
  • videotaping

to learn the skills they require in the fast-paced world of photojournalism.

Courses in the photojournalism specialization...


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