April 27, 2022

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Looking for learning opportunities outside your own campus? There’s a wealth of training resources available for students pursuing visual journalism, many of which are free or low-cost.

The following list will help you find training, mentorship and professional resources to advance your visual journalism skills. And as the end of the school year approaches, look back at the work you’re most proud of and consider entering it in contests.

Professional organizations

Most journalism organizations offer discounted membership for students.

Workshops and trainings

Scholarships and fellowships


  • Women Photograph: formalized mentorship program for early-career women and nonbinary photojournalists
  • Digital Women Leaders: offers free mentorship and coaching from 140 women working across different areas of journalism (including visuals)
  • Journalism Mentors: offers free mentorship and coaching for students and early-career journalists, organized across disciplines (including visual journalism)


What did I miss? What other opportunities should visual journalism students be aware of? Email me at thelead@poynter.org and I’ll include them in an upcoming issue.

One story worth reading

How does constant news consumption affect our brains and how we process information? Research provides insight into addressing “news-driven crisis fatigue,” Elizabeth Svoboda writes for Nieman Lab.

“Because our phones are buzzing more or less constantly, we start to gloss over each distressing headline as it comes in,” Svoboda writes. “Over time, a constant state of distress becomes unsustainable, so the brain downgrades the apparent risk — a kind of distancing that could be dangerous in a true crisis.”

Opportunities and trainings

💌 Last week’s newsletter: How to teach video journalism in your student newsroom? Just let your reporters do it.

📣 I want to hear from you. What would you like to see in the newsletter? Have a cool project to share? Email thelead@poynter.org.

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Taylor Blatchford is a journalist at The Seattle Times who independently writes The Lead, a newsletter for student journalists. She can be reached at blatchfordtaylor@gmail.com…
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