Photojournalism & Documentary Photography students visit the Sunday Times


Second year BA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography students recently enjoyed a visit to the Sunday Times offices, News UK in London.

The visit was an opportunity for the students to gain inside access in to a global media organisation and to see first-hand how the picture desk works and newspapers come together. Students were also presented with the range of career paths that are open to them.

Sian Addicott, Lecturer in Photojournalism said: “Our Photojournalism & Documentary students were given a great insight into the picture desk of The Sunday Times. We had a really warm welcome from Ray Wells the paper’s Picture Editor and Annabelle Whitestone the International Picture Editor. Ray gave us a guided tour of the offices and explained the processes of how photographs come in, are edited and finally end up on the pages of the newspaper. We were then treated to lunch with amazing views of the London skyline from the terrace.

“Ray spent a long time looking at the students’ work and giving them individual feedback – an invaluable opportunity to hear from a professional with that level of industry expertise who works on such a high profile paper as The Sunday Times. Ray also spoke to the students about what makes a good news photographer, how to deal with awkward subjects and how to take a good portrait when you only have a few minutes to do the job.

 “Our Photography department at UWTSD has strong links with the industry and we frequently invite guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds such as photographers Dean Chalkley, Alixandra Fazzina (Noor) and curator and blogger Julie Grahame. Students are encouraged to maintain these contacts when they graduate, which can prove invaluable in helping them to forge their own successful careers.

“A 3rd year Photography in the Arts student has had her work featured this month in Julie Grahame's aCurator online magazine, and a 2nd year Photojournalism & Documentary student has already arranged work experience with Dean Chalkley at his studio this summer.”

BA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography promotes established skills associated with the medium and combines this with the requirements of the modern photographic world. The aim is to produce graduates that are adaptable to contemporary needs and capable of exploring their practice with a unique visual style.

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