A regional daily picture editor who is also the chief photographic examiner for the NCTJ has lost his job in a company restructure.
The South Wales Evening Post recently scrapped its picture desk with the loss of two photographic roles.
Among the casualties of the change was Steve Phillips, group picture editor for Local World-owned South West Wales Publications which publishes the SWEP and its sister titles the Llanelli Star and Carmarthen Journal.
Steve is due to leave the company at the end of this week after 11 years at the paper and 28 years in journalism.
The changes, which were first announced in December, will mean the loss of one other staff photographer role in addition to Steve’s.
It is understood that the four remaining SWEP staff photographers, together with one photographer covering the two weeklies, will in future report to the newsdesk.
He has also held the post of chief examiner for the NCTJ’s photography board for the past 11 years and will continue in this role despite his forthcoming redundancy.
Steve told HTFP: “I have really enjoyed my time here and it’s sad to be leaving but I am looking forward to a new challenge working as a freelance and maybe doing a little bit of teaching as well.”
He has set up a website to showcase his photographic work which can be seen at stevephillipsphotography.co.uk
The South Wales Evening Post has declined to comment.