Photojournalism at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications

The College of Journalism and Mass Communications offers two photojournalism classes that are taught by an award-winning former photo director of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Students have the opportunity to travel on in-depth photo documentary projects on poverty.

Through an endowment by photographers Howard Buffett, Joel Sartore and Thomas Mangelsen, this is the fourth year Thorson has taken students on in-depth photojournalism projects. This winter, a class will travel to Kyrgyzstan. The endowment pays students' travel and equipment expenses.

Students learn to work as true "in-the-field" reporters. They upload photos, write blogs and create slideshows and videos on location. Upon return students prepare photos for exhibitions and produce a full color photography book.

To learn more about the UNL photojournalism program go to and read all the field reports — from Kosovo to South Africa to Kazakhstan AND Nebraska.

South Africa (2008)

Kosovo (2008)

Recession (2009)

Kazakhstan (2010)

Migrant photo blog (2011)

More information

Please contact associate professor Bruce Thorson at 402-472-8279 or via email at Or stop by his office in room 234.

  • Photojournalism program in the news Omaha World-Herald story by Kelly Bartling
  • Claude Cookman, in his newly published book "American Photojournalism: Motivations and Meanings," includes Nebraska's photojournalism program in his list of notable programs. Cookman is currently a professor at Indiana University, a Big Ten school.
  • Advance your skills in digital photography and join the Photo Club every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Photo Club is open to all students. Please check the CoJMC calendar to confirm meeting time and location.