I teach the multimedia journalism course at the BISC and I am also a practising photojournalist. The past decade has seen radical changes in the profession of journalism, digital technology and the internet have created an information culture that requires new skills and also offers a new international audience.
The BISC is an ideal place to investigate contemporary journalism because Britain has always made a significant contribution to the profession and is home to many recognised institutions, such as the BBC and the Guardian, that continue to maintain their international status in our internationalist times. Students are able to meet journalists from the British media and visit their centres in London during their ELOs.
Britain is also renowned for its creative subcultures, which students witness and report on in their Experiential Learning assignments. The best part of the journalism ELOs are, I believe, when students interview, photograph and video some of the people that they had previously imagined only existed in the pages of a magazine.
Teaching multimedia journalism at the Castle means that I see British culture reflected by our international students’ perspective and expressed by new skills and creative ideas introduced by the course.
I am currently developing my extensive Photography Archive. Recent developments (February 2017) include the Permanent Collection of the National Portrait Gallery acquiring my 1989 portrait of musician Kirsty MacColl.