Photojournalism Practice A (Introduction) BPH302 Online Course

Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Photojournalism is a particular form of journalism (the collecting, editing, and presenting of news material for publication or broadcast) that creates and collects images in order to tell a news story.

In this online course you will learn how to deal with ethical dilemmas, generate your own ideas for photo stories, select photos for a specific publication, submit work for publication, and meet the requirements of an editor and publisher. This course takes you through the processes of selecting photos for a specific publication, submitting work for publication, and meeting the requirements of an editor and publisher.

Course Aims:

  • Discuss the nature and scope of photojournalism
  • Explore issues of ethics in photojournalism and develop an understanding of your own biases.
  • To explore the composition of photographs and associated legal issues.
  • To revise basic terms used in photojournalism.
  • Understand the photo story, the effect of editing and placement on the meaning of an image.
  • Research International web sites for publishing and looking at work
  • Explain publishing specifications, and apply that understanding to specific photography tasks.
  • Develop an understanding of online management systems.
  • Improve your Photography Style and submitting images for publication
  • Develop your writing abilities to accompany your images.
  • Revise your Submitted Work


Detailed Course Outline

Each course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.

Detailed Course Outline..

There are 11 lessons in this course:

1. A Short History of Photojournalism

  • Overview
  • History of photojournalism
  • Famous photographers
  • Margaret Bourke-White
  • Gordon Parks
  • Diane Arbus
  • Nick Ut
  • Larry Burrows

2. Ethics and Photojournalism

  • Hypothetical – What are ethics?
  • Schools of Philosophy
  • Utilitarianism
  • Rationalism
  • Humanism
  • Kant
  • Socrates
  • Other philosophers
  • Digital manipulation and ethics
  • How ethical is digital manipulation?
  • Real life
  • Codes of ethics
  • Guidelines for making ethical decisions
  • Ethics in practice

3. What Should I Photograph?

  • Composition
  • Things to consider
  • Camera techniques to help with composition
  • Principles of photographic composition
  • Qualities of the components
  • Effects of different angles on the subject
  • Legal issues

4. How Should I Photograph It?

  • Terms to learn and understand
  • Depth of field
  • Digital vs conventional photography
  • Shutter speed
  • Development of photographic style
  • Equipment and materials
  • Sensitometry
  • Lighting

5. Photo Stories / Editing Images

  • Ethics of digital manipulation
  • Controversy of fairy photos
  • Correctly interpreting photos

6. Publishing Opportunities

  • Portfolio
  • Online portfolio
  • Direct portfolios
  • Slide portfolios
  • CD’s
  • Using flash
  • Music
  • Standing out
  • Writing a cover letter
  • Your resume
  • Creating a job hunt database
  • How to get work
  • How to find a job
  • What type of clients do you want?

7. Working to Specification / Problem Based Learning

  • Photography specifications
  • Consistency
  • PBL Project to develop and draft submission specifications for an electronic publication and then shoot a photo story which meets these specifications. You firstly need to identify two possible subjects for a photo story for that publication, and then follow one of these stories for an extended period of time. You will then select and edit your images – to meet the specifications created for that publication.

8. Publishing Using Online Management Systems

  • Types of digital files
  • Publishing online

9. Taking Photos and Submitting Images

  • Portraiture vs photojournalism
  • Sports photography
  • Freezing action
  • Blurring movement
  • Panning
  • Sports photography using a digital SLR
  • Photographing an event
  • Submitting images for publication

10. Writing Articles and Captions to Accompany Your Image

  • Sentences and phrases
  • Writing effective sentences
  • Choosing effective words
  • Paragraphs
  • Punctuation
  • Newsworthy articles
  • News values
  • Storyline
  • Writing a news article
  • Writing captions

11. Revising Submitted Work

  • Tips to improve your work

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

Get Free Info Pack

Get your free info pack by completing the form below.

Type in the four characters:

Course Tutor

Robert N. Stephenson

Robert N. Stephenson is a published author of 5 books and the publisher of 25 books for other authors through his publishing imprint. Over his career thus far he has had over 100 short stories published in 10 countries and a number of languages. For fourteen years he also worked as a literary agent for his own agency where he represented such authors as Tony Shillitoe and Christy Jordan. As a tutor he has worked with over 1500 students in the last 10 years and a number of which have gone on to develop careeers in writing.

Besides wining awards for his own writing he is also the runner up in the 2008 Pride of Australia Medal for his contributions to the development of writing in others. Robert ran Altair Magazine for seven issues before it stopped production b ut during this time he discovered several new writers who have gone on to do great things both in Australia and in the USA. As he says, writing is a journey and a conversation with a reader, may we learn to create together.

How It Works

1. Learn Online

Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

2. Get Help & Support

Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

3. Receive Certificate

Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.