The new course in Photojournalism at Up To Speed was approved by the NCTJ board this month.
Up To Speed’s photography tutor is Neil Turner, who combines a thriving freelance portfolio with his teaching role.
“Ours is a fast moving and constantly changing industry and anyone who is going to succeed will need so much more than the ability to shoot pictures. We have structured this course to prepare students for the tough and overwhelmingly freelance market place that news photography has become. We will enable students to acquire a vital set of skills, improve their photography and set their careers in motion,” said Neil, who is Vice-Chairman of the British Press Photographers’ Association and a former staff photographer for Times Supplements.
“It’s been a rewarding experience putting the new course materials together and I’d like to thank everyone at the NCTJ for their support. The team at Up To Speed has a great track record running other journalism courses and the six-month fast track format is a great alternative to the three year degree for many people who want vocational training.”
Up To Speed, which is based at the Daily Echo building in Bournemouth, has been running NCTJ accredited courses for five years.
Its founder, Tom Hill, is a former producer for Sky News, ITN and the BBC.
“We are really excited to add photography and photojournalism to the courses we offer at Up To Speed,” said Tom. “You only have to look at a story like the tsunami to see the news photographer’s unique ability to create powerful, lasting impressions.”
Up To Speed’s next 24-week course starts at the end of September.