Training of the Trainers

Since 1990, World Press Photo has been conducting workshops in parts of the world where training is limited, to educate local photojournalists, photo editors and multimedia producers. In the workshops, we partner with experts, photographers and photo editors to educate and inspire participants and give them tools for their future work.

In order to improve the long-term quality of these workshops, World Press Photo held a practical training in July in which eight tutors became the workshop participants. The training aimed to strengthen the tutors' didactic skills and prepare them for activity-based teaching.

The teaching approach combined methodology and theory with concrete practice. Senior project manager in World Press Photo education department, Ruth de Vries, described the approach: “Activity-based learning is essentially learning by doing. There is research that shows people learn most when they are actively involved. Instead of giving lectures and presentations, tutors have participants work on a story and edit, discuss the process and then review the teaching points. The tutor guides the participants, discussing take-away points and the methodology of the process.”

In the July training, the tutors explored techniques for effective teaching, from planning and structuring workshops and individual sessions to motivating and evaluating learning. During the week-long training, each tutor presented two sessions in which the rest of the tutors acted as participants. The tutor took the group through a lesson with active participation and interaction. After each session, the participants had a feedback session. Trainings planned in 2012 and 2013, to be held with partners in Bangladesh, the Philippines and Mexico will help to further establish a network of highly-skilled trainers for future workshops.

The tutors who participated in the training were:

Walter Astrada, photojournalist Reportage by Getty Images
D J Clark, multimedia reporter China Daily and multimedia lecturer Ateneo De Manila University and Beijing Foreign Studies University
Magdalena Herrera, director of photography Geo, France
Meaghan Looram, deputy photo editor The New York Times
Emilio Morenatti, photographer The Associated Press
Jenny Smets, chief photo editor Vrij Nederland
Donald Weber, photographer VII Photo Agency
Michael Zumstein, photographer Agence Vu

The workshop was organized by World Press Photo and the training was led by Michael Harrison, a consultant trainer in broadcasting skills and leadership & management best-practice. Harrison draws on 30 years' experience with the BBC and abroad as broadcaster and journalist, presenter, producer, editor and senior line-manager.

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