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Richard - Photojournalist, Media Tutor Online and Exeter

Richard Lappas University Journalism Tutor (Exeter)

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  • Dulverton (EX16)
  • Last Logged In: 04 Jan 2014
  • Sex: Male
  • Can Travel To: Mid Devon, North Devon, Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane

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  • Professional Qualification PTTLS (Preparing to teach Lifelong Sector)
  • Professional Qualification CTTLS (Certificate of Teaching Lifelong Sector) C & G level 5
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check Enhanced CRB on two counts (Sport & Education)
  • Professional Membership NAPA(Nat Ass Press Agencies) & BAJ (British Ass Journalists)
  • References References are available upon request
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Personal Message
If you are looking for a good grounding that enables you to understand how the media operates in the UK, I am an industry expert having worked in the national newspaper arena and can deliver a comprehensive set of workshops covering all aspects.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I specialise in news gathering, teaching the structure of news, how it is gathered, processed & presented. The structure of the news room (paper/tv/radio/web) how to write, how to research, organise news coverage and a specific interest in photo journalism. I teach creative writing, features, hard news, sports writing, media skills across the board, work based learning and script writing for tv and radio.
Tell me about your qualifications.
As a photojournalist I have basic training in Fleet street based agencies Keystone Press and Associated Press. After completing the apprenticeship I moved to the West Country to join Devon News Service - the lead agency in the south west at the time. Here I undertook numerous tasks setting up features, syndication & district offices in Plymouth & Bristol. I later launched my own agency employing up to 20 people (writers. photographers) and worked closely with all the national daily & Sunday titles as well as all the major international publications.
In educational terms I hold PTTLS & CTTLS, the latter of which is equivalent to 50% of my degree (done part time as I continue to work). I hold the post of Associate Lecturer at Exeter College teaching HE News Journalism Foundation Degree level.
What kind of experience do you have?
I have a vast array of work published internationally. I have worked on all the major news stories in the south west over three decades and have also worked extensively overseas in mainland Europe, Ireland, particularly France and a great deal of work published in all the daily & Sunday papers especially the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Times and the Telegraph group. As I develop my teaching portfolio I also continue to work for these titles on a regular basis. I also have experience of TV and radio script writing and have covered sport on a regular basis throughout my career.
How much do you charge?
I charge £40 per hour on a one to one tutorial basis and mileage is applicable @35p per mile.
Where do you teach?
I teach at home or can go to the student. I live in Tiverton, which is between Exeter & Taunton. I am happy to travel as long as the mileage is covered to Bristol, Dorset, Plymouth, Toruqay, all of Somerset & Cornwall.
When are you available?
Apart from Monday mornings I am available throughout the rest of the week, as my work patterns are very flexible. I can work from 9am to 6pm or if required evening sessions can be done as well.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
HE & University Student level from 16 onwards which tends to be from about 18 onwards.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I can prepare them for A level, Foundation Degree & BA Hons degree
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes, via Exeter College and also the Devon Cricket Board.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Lesson plans on news gathering are already prepared and delivered to the student with covering notes. They are also available to be sent on CD if required.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
NAPA (National Association of Press Agencies)
BAJ (British Association of Journalists)
Where and with whom did you train?
Keystone Press Agency
Devon News Service
Tell me about some of your current students.
A mixture of good and not so good. Some are very switched on and very focused while others are not. The levels of maturity vary from year to year.
Do you have a personal message for students?
Stay focused and work hard. You are spending a lot of money to earn these qualifications so you need to be fullly aware of everything going on around you. Read your papers, listen to the radio, watch the news and don't forget that you only get out of it what you put in and the world does not owe you a living.