What Exactly Is Visual Journalism, Anyways? Even with the decline of the printed word in the past few years thanks to the rise of Internet content providers, most people understand journalism to be the ethical and supposedly unbiased reporting of facts in printed or broadcast format in a manner that makes logical sense and contains an introduction as well as a conclusion. But what, many ask, is visual journalism? Isn’t all journalism visual, in the sense that you have to wa tch TV or read a magazine or newspaper to learn what the article contains? And while we’ll agree that radio news from sources like NPR isn’t visual per se, you still have to see to be able to tune the dial and find your station, so there’s a visual component there as well! Okay, okay, we’re stretching on that one a bit. True visual journalism involves the use of multiple images to capture and convey a story on an issue or an event that has significance to a population group. The old adage, “a picture’s worth a thousand words,” perfectly sums up visual journalism, or photojournalism, as it has been called in the past. Due to the increasing use of graphics, film, digital files and the explosion of websites as communication tools, photojournalism does not completely sum up the state of visual journalism in the 21st century, so the broader term visual sometimes replaces photo for those studying or working in the field of journalism in many parts of the world. Brooks Institute in California offers a Bachelor of Arts in visual journalism degree, which can be completed in as little as three years in our year‐round format. Pursuing a visual journalism degree at Brooks means students can study digital illustration, multimedia, and non‐HTML Web design, as well as explicit photography classes such as documentary photography, photojournalism, lighting and working with stock photos. Living and studying on the Pacific Coast of California provides our students with beautiful photographic opportunities and great experiences they cherish for the rest of their lives. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. This article is presented by Brooks Institute. Contact us today if you’re interested in developing marketable knowledge and career‐relevant skills with an industry‐current degree program from Brooks Institute. Brooks Institute does not guarantee employment or salary.
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