NCTJ moves to “modernise” its photography courses

The National Council for the Training of Journalists is consulting with the industry on the future of its photography qualifications and has begun revising its syllabuses to ‘modernise’its courses.

The NCTJ has created draft syllabuses for its preliminary and National Certificate of Education qualifications and is asking for the views of journalists, picture editors and lecturers on the future of photography training.

Steve Phillips, picture editor at the South Wales Evening Post, and a member of the NCTJ photography board, said: ‘The last decade has been a time of considerable change for press photographers and photo-journalists and the photography NCE has managed to adapt well to the industry’s needs. The digital age, however, moves on with increasing speed and it is vital that our qualifications reflect what is needed by the industry now and in the future.

‘There has never been a more important time for quality training for those joining the industry and we must aim to supply employees who are adaptable and multi-skilled who can supply quality stills and video for their publications.”

Yorkshire Post picture editor Ian Day, also an NCTJ photography board member, said: “Newspapers are changing very quickly and we need to ensure that future press photographers and photo-journalists meet the demands required by the industry. Multimedia and video products are now a core part of newspapers and this consultation document demonstrates how the NCTJ intends to modernise the photography syllabus which will enable students and trainees to meet their changing role in newspapers.’

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