How to Become a Photojournalist


Photojournalism career, educational requirement, career outlook and photojournalist’s annual salary..

Photojournalism is a part and parcel of journalism and deals with the capturing of photographs that help in telling a news story. Also referred to as news photographers, photojournalists are responsible for taking a variety of photographs depicting various aspects of the community and events. Photojournalists are trained professionals who know how to capture commercial and saleable photographs for newspapers, magazines, journals, magazines and television production companies. These photographs may relate to places, communities and people.

Photographs are captured in a way that they can effectively illustrate a recent event or a news story. In terms of time and representation, these photographs should be accurate. At the same, they should also relate to reader of the viewer of the news story or the event.

Educational Requirement
To become a photojournalist, candidates should posses a college degree in photography or a relevant field. Trained photojournalists are quite well versed with photography equipment including digital cameras, scanners, special software etc. In addition, professionals also need to have a good knowledge about internet technologies. To keep abreast with the advanced technologies, it is also essentials for photojournalists to be an active participant at conferences and seminars related to photography. To land jobs, photojournalists should have an attractive portfolio, a collection expertly taken photographs that display the creative and intelligent skills of the photojournalist.

Career Prospects in Photojournalism
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment growth rate for photojournalism jobs is expected to grow at a rate of 10% from 2006 through to the year 2016. Candidates may need to face stiff competition landing jobs as more and more people are attracted towards this field. Those with appropriate degree and formal training and some additional experience will have an enhanced chance of getting jobs in the field of photojournalism. More jobs will continue to be added and growth continues in newspapers, journals, magazines etc.

Salary of a Photojournalist
Salaries of photojournalists depending on the years of experience they carry. Those who carry an experience of 1 to 4 years earn an hourly wage between the range of $10.32 and $14.42. Professionals with a working experience of 5 to 9 years earn between the range of $11.79 and $16.45 per hour.

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