NCTJ Tackles Issue of Video Training for Photographers

The U.K.’s National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), which provides educational courses and materials to more than 40 of that nation’s journalism schools, is currently revising its photography programs to incorporate video and other skill sets.

As the Press Gazette reports,

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, a member of the NCTJ photography board, said: “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.”

The NCTJ has asked journalism consultant Andy Bull to revise its press photography and photojournalism syllabuses and examinations — and Bull has launched a blog to seek input from working photojournalists and others in the industry.

Among the questions Bull raises in his most recent post:

Should press photographers be trained in video?

– If so, to what level of competence?

– Higher than the average video journalist?

– To the same level as they are trained in stills photography at present?

– Should their role be confined to filming video, or should they be skilled in editing it as well?

– Should photographers be able to create a professional video package for online?

– Should they be able to conduct the interviews, gather the information and voice up the report?

– Should we create a distinction between press photographers, who do the image gathering and photojournalists, who are all-rounders capable of creating finished video packages?

You can make your voice heard on these questions and others by commenting on Bull’s blog or e-mailing him at [email protected].

One reason the NTCJ may be publicly diving into this issue now is that the organization has been accused of losing relevance, among other criticisms, in recent years.

[More on the state of video training for photographers here.]

[tags]videography, photojournalism, photography training[/tags]

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