Photojournalism

Undergraduate Journalism: Photojournalism

In the era of social media, a picture is worth far more than a thousand words. Today, a powerful photograph can become a catalyst for change. And the very best photographs illuminate new worlds and reveal important truths.

If you want to change the world with a camera—or if you simply want to explore a career that allows you to express your visual creativity in exciting ways—Ball State’s photojournalism program is for you.

Ball State photojournalism students have gone to the Super Bowl, the Final Four, the World Series, and the Olympics. Our graduates have participated in three Pulitzer Prize-winning projects.

Danny Gawlowski

Danny Gawlowski and a team of journalists received the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting in 2010 for their coverage of the shooting deaths of four police officers and the 40-hour hunt for the suspect.

Read his story.


State-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Our expert faculty will provide you with a thorough understanding of photographic technique, including camera operation, composition, lighting, and digital editing. At Ball State, you will have access to cutting-edge equipment in labs and in the field. When you graduate, you’ll be fully prepared to capture and edit high-quality pictures for news, public relations, advertising, and much more.

What photographic interest is for you?

The photojournalism track will prepare you for a career in a variety of fields. Recent graduates have landed jobs in a range of areas, including:

  • News photography. News photographers have a broad skill set that makes them comfortable shooting everywhere from the state house to the Super Bowl. If you’re looking for adventure, news photography is for you.
  • Commercial photography. Maybe you’ve been interested in fashion photography, or maybe even food photography. As a commercial photographer, you could shoot everything from portraits of executives and celebrities to beauty shots of exotic foods. Many commercial photographers are freelancers, which means a flexible schedule and the ability to work with a variety of clients.
  • Wedding photography. Photojournalistic wedding photography has been at the forefront of the photography industry for some time now. It combines the documentary skills of news photography with the sensitivity of portraiture. The result is timeless document of matrimonial celebration.

Get a minor in business.

Photography industry leaders nationwide stress the need for a solid background in business for those in the creative professions. That’s why many of our photojournalism students take minors such as entrepreneurship or marketing through Ball State’s nationally recognized Miller College of Business.

Take the next step.

Ready to take your first step to a successful photography career? Visit our campus to see our facilities and meet our professors and current students. Don’t wait. Schedule your visit today.