Photojournalism students at St. John's benefit from a
first-class academic curriculum that covers film, television,
communications and journalism as well as photography. Students
learn from internationally known faculty whose work has appeared
online and in galleries, newspapers, magazines and
other venues around the world.
Thanks to our faculty's extensive connection in the industry —
especially in New York City, a world capital of communications and
the media — students enjoy internship and job placement
opportunities with industry leaders.
Photojournalism students are able to develop their craft in the
University's outstanding photography studios and other facilities.
Sullivan Hall Graphic Classroom features cutting-edge
visual design equipment and software, including Adobe
PhotoShop, Quark Xpress, Adobe PageMaker, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe
PageMill, Microsoft Office, Macromedia Director, Macromedia
Freehand, Dreamweaver, Flash, Macromedia Fontographer and
Macromedia Sound Edit.
The University maintains a well-stocked collection of print
materials on journalism as well as online resources. These include
access to nearly 80,000 of Magnum Photos most prized
Photojournalism students enjoy abundant opportunities
to exhibit their work. Located in Sun Yat-Sen Hall on the Queens
campus, the Dr. M.T. Geoffrey Art
Gallery is a prominent showcase not only for established
photographers and artists beyond the campus community, but for
professors and students as well.
Students develop a strong academic and
professional edge by joining any of St. John's more than 180 student
clubs and organizations. Clubs of interest to
Photojournalism students include these:
- The Society for Performing and Communication Arts
- Society for the Study of Modern Visual
- St. John's University Television Club
Students also may qualify for any of St.
John's varied honor societies. For example,
Photojournalism majors can apply to
The College of Professional Studies Honor Society, which
recognizes undergraduates who demonstrate academic excellence and
involvement in campus, community and church activities.
All new students at St. John's receive their
own wireless laptop computer with full access to
the University's award-winning network. Other facilities include
high-tech classrooms, laboratories and our 1.7 million-volume
University Library. Our new D’Angelo
Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and
Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks Café and
a full-service food court.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of
photojournalism, incorporating elements of art, photography,
communication studies, and journalism, the relevant library
collections are similarly diverse.
ARTstor is of particular note to the Photojournalism Program as
it provides students with access to a collection of nearly 80,000
Magnum photographs: "Magnum photographers have produced some of the
most celebrated and recognizable photographs: of the 20th centruy
and contemporary life, documenting an astounding range of subjects,
whether industry, society and people, places of interests, politics
and news events, or disasters and conflicts."
ARTstor includes a strong collection covering the history of
photography, including more than 16,000 images from the Library of
Congress and nearly 18,000 images from the George Eastman House.
Other important research resources include online databases. Some
relevant examples include:
Mass Media Complete (EBSCO)
Communication Studies (Sage)
Art Index and Art Index Retrospective (Wilson)
Design and Applied Arts Index (CSA)
ProQuest Historical Newspapers, including: The Christian
Science Monitor (beginning 1908), The Hartford
Courant (beginning 1764), The Wall Street Journal
(beginning 1889), The Washington Post (beginning
In addition, the University Libraries provides
access to the following selected reference resources that cover
photojournalism both electronically (and in print, where
of Media Studies
Key Concepts in Journalism Studies
The Oxford Companion to the Photograph
The Encyclopedia of American Journalism
World Press Encyclopedia
Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Journalists
America Magazine Journalists
Journals for photojournalism:
PDN: Photo District News
The International Journal of Press/Politics
Visual Communication Quarterly
Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
History of Photography
Students take advantage of St. John’s location
in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career
Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and
educational resources throughout the New York area. Students also
make New York their classroom through innovative courses like Discover New York.
Every student at St. John's also benefits
from St. John's focus on an international academic experience. The
University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic
year as well as the winter and summer semesters. Students can live
and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris,