Theory is being put to the test as media teachers launch their own magazine this week. These gamekeepers turned poachers are to publish 20:20, a new national magazine for teachers and lecturers working in photography and media education, - a project funded by the British Film Institute and the Arts Council.
Editor Jim Hornsby, a lecturer at Goldsmiths' College, University of London, gives the growth of media studies at all levels as the main reason for the introduction of the magazine. "In the past three years, university applications for the subject have more than doubled, and there has been a huge expansion in sixth forms and further education colleges. With photography and media education now included in the national curriculum, we felt that the magazine should meet all these interests," he says.
Published three times a year and nearly all written by full-time teachers, 20:20 will focus on new technologies, curriculum development and industry links. There will also be a regular photography portfolio, plus reviews and a comment.
The magazine will be particularly addressing the teacher or lecturer who may be ploughing a lone media furrow, more or less isolated from potentially supportive spirits.
"There may be one person in a school who is absolutely passionate about the subject, but who doesn't have colleagues whose interest is equally intense. And, being realistic, most teachers' time for making contacts outside school is probably quite limited," says Jim Hornsby.
"We hope to build a network into the magazine, as well as to include a diary of events. It's very important for readers that we develop a wide network of contacts. The sooner we do this, the more quickly teachers will be able to help one another."
20:20, Brighton Media Centre, 11 Jew Street, Brighton BN1 1UT.