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College's press photography course is cancelled due to lack of interest

September 3, 2014

Roy Greenslade, theguardian.com



The cancellation of a press photographers' course at a Sheffield college, evidently due to a lack of interest, has raised fears about the future for regional newspaper staff photography.

After only five people applied to study for the NCTJ-accredited photojournalism diploma at Norton College, Sheffield, it was decided to shelve this year's course.

However, it may be restored in September 2015 when the college closes and its students are transferred to the Hillsborough college campus.

Norton's principal, Heather Smith, is quoted by HoldTheFrontPage as saying: "We have written to the five applicants offered places on this year's course to let them know. We are sorry for any disappointment caused."

Paul Delmar, photography tutor at Sheffield, called the cancellation "a real tragedy not just for photographers but papers as well. No NCTJ courses mean the art of photography in regional journalism will die."

A similar course at Bournemouth university is also reported to have closed. Delmar says: "There is no doubt in my mind that without these courses for photographers everyone will suffer. There is no future for regional newspapers if the job is not done properly.

"If a reporter takes a picture to illustrate a story, it's not doing justice to their own story. Ask a journalist how they would like their story to be best illustrated and the answer is always with a picture taken by a trained photographer."

NCTJ photography courses have been running uninterrupted at Norton College and its predecessors, Stradbroke and Richmond, since 1979.

Source:HoldTheFrontPage


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