Prospective Student Information

Do you enjoy telling stories about people? Are you interested in using your skills as a photojournalist to make a difference in your community? Then Western Kentucky University’s Photojournalism program may be the right place for you.

Ours is a documentary photography major, with a curriculum designed to prepare students to produce content-driven images for paper and electronic publications. Four faculty and one staff, all of whom have spent years working in the photojournalism field (and continue to do so), serve as mentors to students developing  photography, writing, design and multimedia skills.

We appreciate your interest in our program that has produced students who have jobs across the country, from small-town communities to metropolitan newspapers and multimedia companies. Our students have won the William Randolph Hearst national photojournalism championship 19 out of 22 years and win numerous awards every year in the College Photographer of the Year national competition.

Our graduates have covered international events in Afghanistan, Iraq, Taiwan, Haiti and other locations. Five of our graduates from three different newspapers— The New York Times, the Rocky Mountain News and the Dallas Morning News— have been a part of winning the Pulitzer Prize in recent years.

To better understand what our students do, view examples of class work.

To learn more about the curriculum, visit the WKU School of Journalism and Broadcasting website.

If you are interested in touring our facilities, please contact the Office of Admissions.