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College launches new website after NCTJ ban

A website showcasing the work of budding press photographers has been launched after its previous site was shut down by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

As reported by HTFP in April, the website was closed in April after the training body challenged the site’s branding with the site and Twitter feed run by courses at Sheffield College using the NCTJ name in their titles.

Sheffield College runs journalism and photojournalism courses which are accredited by the NCTJ but the training provider raised concerns that using its name on the website would be unfair to other centres.

Now the college has launched a new website so trainee photographers can build their online portfolio for prospective employers, as part of the 33-week Diploma in Journalism For Press Photographers and Photojournalists.

Sheffield College trainee photographers can now showcase their work on a new website

Course Leader Jane Parr said: “The website will be somewhere for potential employers to view the work of students who are currently studying on the course.

“It is still a work in progress so there may be some changes to come and we will be updating the blog with student activities, images and successes throughout the remainder of the course.”

The course is accredited by the NCTJ and is one of only two in the country.

The photojournalism course at the college has launched the careers of some of the UK’s best press photographers.

The syllabus equips students with the practical skills that the media industry needs and covers general photographic knowledge, photographic practice, media law for photojournalists and developing a portfolio.

Specialist options also include news writing for photojournalists and caption writing. Students complete work experience placements on national, regional and local publications and with news agencies and magazines.

In October last year, it was announced that Sheffield College’s Norton Centre is closing from September 2015 and NCTJ-accredited courses will be based at the city’s Hillsborough campus, which is being boosted with an £8.8 million extension including new media facilities.

To view students’ work and find out more about the course click here