Photojournalism: Telling Stories with Images

By Bradley Wilson, Ph.D.

Great photos help tell the story of the year in a way your readers will always remember. This unit introduces them to the world of photography and journalism, and teaches them how to take quality photos for the yearbook.


Every day people are bombarded with thousands of visual images. The media of this century and beyond will continue the visually oriented and graphic trend that exploded in the latter part of the last century. One of the key components to the success of these visual print publications is photography.

Since the days of the Civil War, photos have served a critical role in the development of our society. The images for a yearbook are no less powerful in creating a historical record — from a student perspective.

Photojournalism introduces students to the world of photography and journalism.

In this unit you will learn about the camera and how to use it to tell a story, including:

  • Basics of the camera and how it captures images
  • Settings on the camera and how to use them
  • How to get the most when faced with different lighting situations
  • Composition of photos
  • Teamwork in telling the best story with photos

Whether it’s with a mobile phone or a top-of-the-line digital camera, the basic rules and concepts are the same. Whether it’s for publication on social media that lasts for a few seconds or a yearbook that lasts a lifetime, photographs document reality. If you can capture high-quality action photos that are full of emotion for your yearbook, you will be capturing the definitive historical record of the year.

Bradley Wilson, Ph.D.

As the director of student media at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, Bradley Wilson, Ph.D., advises a weekly newspaper and broadcast operation. As an assistant professor, he teaches news reporting and the advanced reporting practicum class. Bradley is a frequent speaker at workshops worldwide on topics ranging from the ethics of digital photography to publications design. He has received the Gold Key from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the Pioneer Award from the National Scholastic Press Association, the Medal of Merit and Carl Towley Award from JEA, the Star of Texas from the Association of Texas Photography Instructors and the Trailblazer Award from the Texas Association of Journalism Educators. In 2014, the National Press Photographers named him the Robin F. Garland Educator of the Year.