Prior to graduating, the students of the Photojournalism program at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, take a one semester course in Documentary Photography.
Students are required to choose a project that fits into a given theme; the theme for 2000 was “Health.” Students are responsible for researching their own topics, shooting the pictures, writing the text and captions, and designing a six-page magazine layout for a hypothetical magazine entitled, “Concern.” The final projects are scanned from negatives, paginated using Quark XPress, and printed on a Fujifilm Pictography 4000 digital printer.

The 12 images presented here on foto8 are only a small selection from the entire project and were chosen for their impact, subject matter, and their ability to be published (unfortunately, some very strong projects could not be published due to permission difficulties with the subjects).

Featured on these pages are:
Scott Munn’s coverage on the life of co-habiting paranoid schizophrenics.

Cheryl Hnatiuk’s essay on a young autistic girl in Amy’s World.

Elizabeth Roberts’ profile of acupuncturist, Dr. Ngoc Tot Chau.

Sherrie Hanson’s coverage of the rare disease, Costello Syndrome.

Darko Zeljkovic’s story on methadone treatment.

Tim Fraser's story on Joshua Quade who suffers from Down syndrome.

Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology is located in Belleville, Ontario, Canada, midway between the metropolitan centres of Toronto and Montreal. With full-time enrolment of approximately 3000 students, it is affectionately referred to as “Ontario’s outstanding small college.”
The Photojournalism program at Loyalist is unique in Canada as the only specialized program offering a diploma in photojournalism. Started in 1986 by John Peterson, former photo editor at The Toronto Star, and a handful of advisors from major Ontario newspapers, the program has developed a reputation across the country, and even into the United States.
Approximately 50 applicants are accepted into the first year of the program with an average of 25 graduating after two years. During their sojourn, students are exposed to the techniques of news photography, black & white and colour processing, digital imaging, pagination layout and design, studio and location lighting, news and feature writing and reporting, editorial illustration and documentary photography. During the third semester, students spend six weeks working on the award-winning training newspaper, The Pioneer.
The program finishes with a formal internship in a professional environment.

Doug Wicken has been a professor in the program since 1987. “It never ceases to amaze me that students arrive with little or no photographic experience, and in two years they are producing work that is dynamic, powerful, and important to the world of visual journalism.” He adds, “it just keeps getting better each year.”
“For me, the photo essays produced in the documentary course are the culmination of all that goes on here; the curiosity, the passion, and the energy.”

Links
For more images by Loyalist photojournalism students visit:
www.portalonline.org
(an online magazine produced by Online Publishing students featuring the work of photo, print and broadcast journalists):
The Pioneer, the print and photojournalism students’ weekly newspaper:
www.thepioneer.com
And for more information about Loyalist College programs (including Photojournalism):
www.loyalistc.on.ca