Behind the Scenes of Photojournalism by Madison Gonzales

The Basics

You do not have to know how to work a camera to become a photojournalist. All photographers must take Photojournalism 1 a class taught by Ms. Rachel Dearinger. It’s the class that teaches the basics from how to work a camera to what are composition techniques. Danny La, 9, likes photojournalism because it makes him more aware about what goes on at school.

“Ms. Dearinger is a really good teacher,” La said. “Because instead of just telling us how to do something she shows us how.”

Weekly Assignments

During the first class of every week an editor sits at Mr. Mallett’s desk and gets the class up to date on what's going on and what needs to be done. This includes recording the staff’s chosen event(s) for the week. This event serves as the photographers grade for the week.

The Event

Photographers have a wide range of events to choose from anything from chess club to swim to varsity football. They have access to the courts, fields, or even poolsides to be as close to the action as possible.

“Being on the field versus in the stands is a totally different perspective. I always feel like I’m a part of the team and in the play,” Samantha Freeman, 10, said.

Courtside Friends

Photojournalism isn’t just about capturing the perfect moment it’s about building connections with the people around you; as is many other extracurricular activities. Being close to the action, you get the opportunity to talk to the other people involved such as coaches, trainers or photographers from another school.

“Being a trainer and a photographer means that I am constantly involved with sports,” Emma Elias, 10, said. “Photojournalism is a bit more laid back than training, but they're both equally as fun.”


Photoshop is a key tool in photojournalism. After every event photographers spend the class period editing their photos. The process of editing allows photos to be brought to their full potential of quality.

“Editing is relatively easy, but it’s not necessarily a short task,” Avery Florence, 10, said.

The Adviser

Mr. Leland Mallett and Ms. Rachel Dearinger are in charge of the Journalism department. Newspaper, Yearbook, and Photojournalism they cover it all.

“I like that everyday you get something new,” Mallett said. “There's always a new story to tell and teaching students is always rewarding.”

Press Passes

Being a part of Legacy’s Student Media comes with many benefits one being the press passes. For photographers these ID’s allow us to get into events for free, however it’s only if we are taking photos at that event.

“My press pass has saved me a lot of money since I didn't have to pay to get into games to get my grade,” Haley Parsons, 10, said.
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Madison Gonzales