How to Become A Professional Photojournalist?
Documentary Photography
February 28, 2020

Photojournalism is just like journalism or what we popularly call ‘News Reporting”, but here, instead of writing or talking about stories you cover these stories in the form of photographs. To put it very simply, photojournalism is a genre where you get the closest to human kinda. And a good photojournalist knows exactly how to click a photograph to communicate with people belonging to different ethnicities. And in a way, the picture successfully makes it into the hearts of all the viewers.


Today in this blog we are going to discuss how photojournalism is a full-time career and how you can make your way to become one. Keep reading to find out more.


Here Are Some Important Things To Know For Making A Career In PhotoJournalism


Career Fields To Work As A Photojournalist:


  • Print Media Journalist (Newspaper, Magazine)

  • Filmmaker (Documentary)

  • Televised Pseudo-Scientific- Entertaining Programmes ( NatGeo, Discovery)

  • Freelance Journalist

  • Stock Photographer

  • Multimedia Journalist

  • Web Designer

  • Video Editor


How To Become A Photojournalist:


  1. Learn Photography & Journalism:


It's not necessary for you to have official degrees in Journalism, but you should definitely know the fundamentals of it. So as you understand how photography adds to the journalistic nature of a scene. You must realize that other photography is different from Photojournalism. And by different, I don’t mean that there are different rules to learn it, but you certainly have to understand the purpose of each photograph that you are going to click. It is going to be used as a News story in itself, without having to use many words to explain the photograph. So to become a Photojournalist, you should develop a Journalistic eye of looking at things.


  1. Build Your Website:


Make your own online website and keep posting your work there. It can be like your portfolio, where you can add references to all the places where your work has been published or appreciated. Building your own website is going to make networking very easy for you since you get more space to explain and be more descriptive and detailed about the work that you have done. Always try to upload the best of your pictures on the website.


  1. Make Photo Stories:


Photo stories or photo series, however you call it, is a very helpful thing to do as a photojournalist. It basically proves your skills at documenting a scene buy using a series of photographs. So whenever you have ample time to work around a scene, you must try to use the opportunity to create photo series, instead of clicking a single photograph. This must also be uploaded on your website for adding extra skills to your portfolio.


  1. Network With Other Journalists And Photojournalists:


Every time you attend any event, make sure you get in touch with other journalists. Talk to them and show them your work, you never know how and when your work will be appreciated and you might actually end up sourcing your pictures to a good agency.


  1. Submit Your Work:


Keep submitting your work to the contest that happens online, or ‘Photograph of the week’ in various newspapers. And on social media rankings. An appreciation or a title like that is going to add much more value to your portfolio, and your work might also get noticed by an employer.




To make a career in Photojournalism is very difficult. You have to master your game and constantly network with people. And definitely improve your work at every stage. But the key is to never give up. Success might be slow, but there is always so much to learn from the journey.

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