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Your Photojournalism Survival Kit

with Ron Haviv

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About The Class

A toolkit from an accomplished photojournalist.

Capturing a story on film is a complex process. It demands an understanding of the issue at hand as well as the ability to condense, package, and pitch the story to a distributor. Successful photojournalists make a job of nailing down the details before a shoot and being prepared for anything.

In Your Photojournalism Survival Kit, Ron Haviv brings two decades of experience in building a photojournalism career on carefully laid groundwork. 

In this course, you’ll learn:

  • How to identify a captivating story and organize a plan for shooting it 
  • How to create a budget and a pitch letter
  • How to plan for any eventuality during the shoot, and cope with setbacks when they strike
Ron Haviv draws on his long career for anecdotes and suggestions for aspiring photographers. He’ll teach you that your assignment starts before you leave your house; planning, packing and preparing for even the best-laid plans to go awry is essential. You’ll learn tricks for assessing your preparedness, safety, and support while on assignment in the field.

Your Photojournalism Survival Kit is crucial for beginners, and for current photojournalists who may need to brush up on their checklists. Learn from Ron Haviv’s early-career mistakes, and lay the foundations of your own successful, impactful enterprise in visual storytelling.

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Finding Your Voice and Story

  3. 03

    Diversity of Multi-Platform Presentations

  4. 04

    The Importance of Research and Funding

  5. 05

    How to Craft a Budget

  6. 06

    How To Build Your Story - Mind Mapping

  7. 07

    How to Write a Successful Pitch Letter

  8. 08

    How To Use the Pitch Letter Template

  9. 09

    What to Do Before You Leave

  10. 10

    What to do When You Arrive

  11. 11

    Best Practices for Working in the Field

  12. 12

    Taking Care of Yourself When You Get Home


Meet Your Expert

Ron Haviv

Ron Haviv is an Emmy nominated, award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of the photo agency VII, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe. ... read more

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Bonus Material

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Get access to exclusive bonus content when you purchase this class.

  • pdf Budget and Invoice Template
  • pdf Medical Kit Supplies
  • docx Resource Guide
  • docx Resources Mentioned In Class
  • pdf Workshop Print Sale
  • docx Pitch Letter Template

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • KAren OLlis

    December 2016

    Thank you Ron and Creative Live for the thoughtful and expansive course. Even for a pro, the information was often enlightening and definitely inspirational. The best way to learn is from a seasoned professional who knows how to teach in an organized manner. Appreciate the support materials as well. Will be out shooting stories no doubt! All the best, Karen Ollis, Karen Ollis Photo

  • Creativelive Student

    January 2016

    Ron Haviv presents his generous insights and experience in a wonderfully paced and very clearly delivered manner. Combine him with the Creative Live platform and you have a magical educational experience. I'm so grateful to attend this course. I wish I had heard a presentation like this years back; it would have spared me some mistakes. If you're sitting on the fence buy this course. Tap into his wisdom. Enjoy.

  • billy


    January 2016

    I've been a following Ron Haviv for years. Love his expressions in delivering explanations. It's amazing to see and hear from the photographer behind the photos. Well structured course. Having Kenna's facilitation makes this workshop so worth watching. Thank you creativeLive for this great sensory experience!

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