Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
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Study and apply the latest techniques for visual storytelling to connect with important stories from around the world.
UNT's Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a concentration in Photojournalism will teach you the skills you need to communicate and tell visual stories relevant to society needs. Learn still photography and videography in relation to media and storytelling and explore how visuals contribute to media ranging from breaking news to documentaries.

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Why Earn a Photojournalism Degree?

Developed in close partnership with industry, the Mayborn School of Journalism curriculum gives students broad and diverse skills for work in multiple media platforms. Students develop the skills needed to analyze, evaluate and inform a global audience, as well as to consider the ethical implications of mass communication and its impact in today's world. Mayborn students have access to multimedia labs featuring state-of-the-art computers, software and video equipment. The school emphasizes curriculum and career advising and mentoring by professionally trained faculty and staff.

Our journalism concentrations — Broadcast and Digital, Print and Digital or Photojournalism — can prepare you for a career in reporting, writing, editing and photojournalism (video and photography) for the internet, television, newspapers, magazines and radio. With a strong focus on multi-platform journalism, Mayborn students gain hands-on experience as news reporters, sports reporters, writers, photojournalists, designers and editors for North Texas Daily, and NTDaily TV.

Students receive comprehensive instruction from faculty with extensive professional experience in broadcast, print, online and digital news. They also can complete internships at newspaper, television, radio and web organizations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the nation's fifth-largest media market, and in other news organizations in the area and across the state.

Marketable Skills
  • Oral and written communication
  • Narrative and visual storytelling
  • How to collect, analyze and interpret information
  • Knowledge of media operations
  • Storytelling with graphic design/visual materials
  • Teamwork

Photojournalism Degree Highlights

UNT is located within the fifth-largest media market in the country, offering access to numerous outstanding internship opportunities at advertising agencies throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
While working toward your degree, you will receive hands-on experience thorough coursework, cutting-edge classrooms and labs and extensive student-run media outlets, such as North Texas Daily, NTTV and NT Daily Radio.
Our student organizations are regularly recognized as among the best in the nation and provide students with valuable connections, mentorship opportunities and the chance to learn from alumni and other working professionals.
Explore international media systems, including the press, magazines, broadcasting and online media, and earn credit hours through our study abroad opportunities.
The Mayborn faculty brings more than 400 years of combined experience in real-world settings to our classrooms to inform and inspire our nearly 1,000 students. And Mayborn alumni work at the heart of some of the world's leading media and communications companies.
The Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at UNT is among the nation's top schools for journalism and mass communication, with undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students for careers in print and digital journalism, broadcast journalism, advertising, public relations and photojournalism.

Career Outlook

A career in journalism is exciting, dynamic and critical to the future of an informed and enlightened American society. The Mayborn School of Journalism provides students with the creative and critical-thinking skills to prepare them to work in fields including:

  • Journalism — News and sports reporting, writing, visual journalism (stills and video), design and publishing for the internet, newspapers, broadcast, magazines and books
  • Advertising — For agencies, corporations, nonprofit organizations and media
  • Public Relations — For agencies, corporations, government and non-profit organizations
  • Internet — Web and desktop publishing, podcasting and blogging
  • Education — Teaching in secondary schools or institutions of higher learning

Photojournalism Degree Courses You Could Take

Sports Journalism (3 hrs)
Teaches sports reporting, writing, photojournalism and performance for multi-platform use, including web, broadcast and print. Studies column writing, reporting on competition, ethics in sports journalism, sports entertainment, sports business and the impact of sports in society.
Fundamentals of Photojournalism (3 hrs)
Instruction in fundamental photojournalism skills and methods including image production and digital post-production, candid documentary observation, visual sequencing, photography critique, visual news judgement, photojournalism writing and ethical and legal limits concerning photographic coverage and publication.
Visual News Storytelling (3 hrs)
Focuses on shooting and editing for television with information about how to select audio for radio news, plus audio and video for the web. Extensive hands-on experience with camera and editing equipment. Students produce multiple packages, content for student media, newscasts for Denton Community Television and webcasts.
Digital Media for Journalists (3 hrs)Fast-paced course providing students principles and practice in using digital tools to report, write, blog and produce content in multiple platforms
print, online, social, broadcast and mobile. Includes focus on role and impact of digital-first thinking and technology on journalists’ news gathering and distribution.
Multimedia Storytelling for News (3 hrs)
Course prepares students for high-level, long-form visual storytelling using still and video photography. Advanced photojournalism and video documentary techniques are employed while gathering sound, shooting and editing video and producing narrative multimedia stories. Course addresses advanced journalism practices including versatility in reporting, ethical decision-making, accuracy, writing proficiency and meeting deadlines.
Reporting of Public Affairs (3 hrs)
Police, court, political and governmental news with typical practical news assignments assigned to professional reporters; background and practice in writing enterprise and investigative stories, including long-form non-fiction narrative writing. Focus on the role of the journalist, the role of the government and the Freedom of Information Act and open government acts.

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