A debate on the future of press photography at regional and national papers is to be held by a branch of the National Union of Journalists next week.
The Birmingham and Coventry branch is holding the event to discuss the ‘crisis’ in news photography, which has seen many regional newspaper groups cut their numbers of staff photographers.
HTFP blogger Steve Dyson, a former Birmingham Mail editor, will chair the meeting and speakers include former photojournalism tutor Paul Delmar, photographer Bob Smith who was made redundant by Newsquest and Chris Morley, Northern and Midlands organiser for the NUJ.
The ‘Photo Finish’ event will look at how employers can be pursuaded that quality images are essential for successful media organisations.
A leaflet about the event says: “There is a crisis in news photography. In the last few months, almost all regional newspaper groups have savagely cut their numbers of staff photographers – down to a single worker at many centres and in some cases none at all.
“A similar process is hitting the nationals. Companies believe they can simply get freelances when they like and fill remaining editorial ‘holes’ with ‘user-generated content’.
“But the NUJ believes poverty rates cannot cover the costs needed to invest in modern photographic kit.”
The debate takes place on 14 April from 7-9pm at Committee Room 3-4, Birmingham Council House.