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New head appointed for press photography course

A former weekly newspaper photographer has been chosen as the new head of a press photography course where she was trained.

Jane Parr, left, has been appointed as the new press photography and photojournalism course leader at Sheffield College, after being a part-time teacher there for three years, and will start the role in September.

She is a completed the course in 1998 when it was taught by long-standing tutor Paul Delmar and then went on to work for Newsquest titles in Watford, before setting up a freelance business.

Jane replaces former course leader Robert Rathbone, who started the role in November 2010 after Paul left the college.

She said: “I’m absolutely over the moon about landing the job and very excited about giving my new trainees the best experiences and opportunities that will enable them to progress from the course into the news industry as image makers.”

After training at the college’s Norton site, Jane became a senior photographer and then deputy pictures editor at Newsquest titles in Watford, which include the Watford Observer and St Albans & Harpenden Review.

She was based there for 11 years and was three times named the winner of the photographer of the year title in awards held by Newsquest London.

In 2009, Jane set up a freelance photography business and has worked as a rigger and vision camera operator for Sky Sports News during the football season.

Heather Smith, principal of Norton College, said: “Jane has strong credentials and great teaching experience. She has won awards and understands the skills that the media industry need.

“I am delighted that she is leading this nationally acclaimed course.

“Jane takes over from Rob Rathbone, who has been a real credit to the college and our students thanks to his technical expertise and industry connections. We wish him all the very best for the future.”

Places are still available for the next photography at the college, which starts in September and costs £2,400 plus exam fees.

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  • June 19, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    A great appointment – she is an outstanding professional who will be an inspiration to another generation of photographers. Congratulations Jane!

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