ABOUT VISUAL journalism

Be the first to grab the attention of our readers with stunning visual presentation. Take photos, design graphics and illustrations, and produce videos with industry-standard and professional-grade design and illustration tools.

Our photographers, designers, and illustrators work with reporters and editors across all journalism sections to create powerful, relevant, and poignant visual counterparts for each story Spectator publishes. 


Design makes complicated information easily accessible to readers with compelling graphics. 

As part of our team, get trained in cutting-edge data analytics and visualization software. 

Build your portfolio working on historical projects for all five reporting sections of Spectator, including our long-form magazine. 

Innovate simple ways to display complicated information.

Gain transferable skills in research, analysis, organization, visualization, and presentation. Collaborate with SpecTech to create interactive graphics that are the new industry standard. 



Our photojournalists capture key moments in history that words alone cannot. 

The images we produce serve as relevant and impactful counterparts to our written stories—and they often tell a story on their own. Unique to all visual journalism sections, photographers collaborate with writers and editors across all reporting sections to create imagery for every story we publish. 

In addition to these daily assignments, the department produces long-term, independent photo essays on a wide array of topics relevant to the community, such as the few linked below. Finally, we provide training on the fundamentals of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop and run weekly editing workshops with our staffers.


Our illustrators sketch, draw, and paint pictures that accompany long-form magazine features, op-eds, columns, and more. In addition to static illustrations, they create dynamic, animated gifs that are often the first thing that the reader lays eyes on when reading our content. They have creative vision, are independent thinkers, and bring our stories to life. Working with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, our illustrators create visuals that reach thousands.



Be the creative mind behind our weekly print edition. Make an impact with poignant, attention-grabbing, and innovative front page designs. 


Design Editor | 141st Spectator Managing Board

"Beyond just creating aesthetically beautiful illustrations, photos, and work in general, we strive to find effective ways to tell stories visually, fundamentally changing the way readers interact with the work our writers produce."