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#Tip: Ideas for digital journalism trainers

January 28th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists, Training


Earlier this month the Knight Foundation’s blog published a post by Cathy Collins which outlines four different ideas for digital journalism trainers to consider, which may inspire subjects and angles to tackle with students. This includes ideas covering the power of social media and the issue of press freedom.

The ideas were taken from the Knight Foundation’s “digital teaching tool, ‘Searchlights and Sunglasses‘”.

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#Tip: Test your online journalism law

November 20th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists, Training

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Every day this week Paul Bradshaw is posting a legal dilemma on the Online Journalism Blog to allow students to test their online journalism law knowledge.

The test may be aimed at students but is a useful exercise for all journalists.

Bradshaw will be live tweeting a discussing on Friday between 10am and noon (UK time), using the #ojblaw.

Need an online media law refresher? We will be running a one-day course in February. The date is not yet fixed but email Sophie Green if you would like to receive details when available.

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Five key courses for journalists in September

July 31st, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in About us, Training

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Did you know that organises one-day, evening and online training courses? We provide new skills to trained journalists. We are aware that we all need to keep learning, so we offer intensive and practical training in areas such as data journalism, social media and online video.

Rather than bringing in trainers who spend little time in a newsroom, we like to invite people to lead courses who are working journalists or who spend a large proportion of their of their time practicing a key skill.

And as our trainers are professionals taking a day out of their normal schedule to share their skills, these courses don’t take place very often. It is the first time that we are offering courses run by Luke Lewis from BuzzFeed and by Glen Mulcahy from Irish broadcaster RTE.

We have a great line up for September. You can click the links to find out more.

1. Data journalism (4 September)

Paul Bradshaw is a data journalism expert and is running this course which will get you started in dealing with data. You’ll be able to use data as a source of stories and learn how to present information online.

Paul divides his time between being a visiting professor at City University, London, course leader for the MA in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University, and a freelance trainer, speaker and writer. He founded Help Me Investigate, a platform for crowdsourcing investigative journalism, and the Online Journalism Blog.

2. Growing social media communities (19 September)

Luke Lewis, the editor of BuzzFeed UK and former editor of, is leading a course on growing social media communities. Interested in finding out how to make your posts go viral? Then sign up to the course.

This course has a great venue too. It’s being hosted by VICE UK in Shoreditch.

3. Mobile journalism (19 September)

Glen Mulcahy has been key to introducing iPhone and iPad reporting at Irish broadcaster RTE. In this one-day course he is leading you will learn how to shoot and edit broadcast-quality footage using an iPhone or iPad.

If you think you know how to use your phone, take a peek at this course description and you will probably realise that Glen can teach you some valuable lessons. (And if you want to see the quality of his teaching skills, take a quick look at this video of him presenting at news:rewired.)

This course is taking place in the building in London Victoria which is home to MSN UK and Microsoft.

4. Open data for journalists (19 September)

Kathryn Corrick and Ulrich Atz are experts in open data. This course takes place at the Open Data Institute, which launched earlier this year having been founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

This course is designed to provide journalists with an introduction to open data.

5. Online video (30 September)

Adam Westbrook is a multimedia producer and has been a key voice in the development of online video. He is running a one-day course in which you can learn how to shoot and edit video. Cameras and an editing suite are provided.

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#Podcast: How to get started in investigative journalism

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In this week’s podcast we speak to experts in investigative journalism on how best to get started in the field. Aside from taking a course or getting some early work experience, both invaluable elements of training for a journalist on any beat, there are some skills, tools and qualities which every trainee should bear in mind.

We speak to:

  • Christopher Hird, managing editor, Bureau of Investigative Journalism
  • Paul Lewis, special projects editor, the Guardian
  • Marshall Allen, investigative journalist, Pro Publica
You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the iTunes podcast feed.


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#Tip: Remember these tips for trainee journalists

Last week we made a storify on tips for trainee journalists full of excellent advice from professionals.

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#Tip: Watch these free data journalism tutorials

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Image by Abron on Flickr. Some rights reserved

If you want to get started in data journalism, you might like to watch this series of videos.

There is a series of four free courses being run by kdmc at the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. And as they are online you don’t need to be in California to take part.

The final tutorial in the series takes place on Monday (you can register here), but you can also make the most of the seminar videos which are also at the above link.

There are tutorials on the following topics:

  • Spreadsheet basics
  • Introduction to data visualisation
  • Communicating with maps
  • Introduction to data mapping (which will run on Monday) offers data journalism training. We have one-day courses coming up in data visualisations, open data and an introduction to data journalism. See the full list at this link.

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Washington Post partners with US university to offer journalism scholarship to programmers

February 1st, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Journalism, Training
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The Washington Post and Northwestern University have teamed up to offer a scholarship opportunity to programmers at the university’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications.

The programme will allow programmers to earn a master’s degree in journalism before a paid internship at the newspaper.

Although the Knight Foundation has been supporting the programme since 2008, helping nine people to earn the degree and apply their knowledge in relevant jobs, the Washington Post is the first news industry partner to join the programme.

Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, editor for strategic projects at the Washington Post said in a release that programmers have the type of skill set and knowledge that can help to build “new tools and features that can benefit both readers and reporters”.

There is more information on the release.

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Online journalism, data and social media: 22 short courses for journalists

January 8th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in About us, Training

tips image runs training courses for experienced journalists wanting to boost their skills. Several are created specifically for freelancers.

Click the links for more information.

I am a business: A course for freelance journalists
Evening course, 23 Jan, led by Steve Bustin, cost: £95 (+VAT)

Online reporter 101: A web conversion course for print, radio and TV journalists
One-day course, 25 Jan, led by James Murray, cost: £200 (+VAT)

CV and interview clinic
One-day course, 26 Jan, led by Daniell Morrisey and Clare Davies, cost: £150 (+VAT)

Improve your blogging
Evening course, 28 Jan, led by Martin Belam, cost: £95 (+VAT)

Developing PR skills
Evening course, 29 Jan, led by Steve Bustin, cost: £95 (+VAT)

How to deal with breaking news online
Half-day course, 1 Feb, led by James Murray, cost: £125 (+VAT)

Online sub-editing
One-day course, 6 Feb, led by Emmanuelle Smith and Jane Wild, cost: £200 (+VAT)

Marketing course for freelancers
Evening course, 7 Feb, led by Steve Bustin, cost: £95 (+VAT)

SEO for journalists: a practical guide to getting your work found
One-day course, 11 Feb, led by Adam Tinworth, cost: £200 (+VAT)

Presenting and public speaking skills
Evening course, 19 Feb, led by Steve Bustin, cost: £95 (+VAT)

Your social media toolbox
Evening course, 26 Feb, led by Sue Llewellyn, cost: £95

Successful freelance journalism
Saturday course, 2 Mar, led by Olivia Gordon and Johanna Payton, cost: £200 (+VAT)

Online media law
One-day course, 5 Mar, led by David Banks, cost: £200 (+VAT)

Essential Twitter skills
Half-day course, 7 Mar, led by Sue Llewellyn, cost: £125 (+VAT)

Advanced Twitter skills
Half-day course, 7 Mar, led by Sue Llewellyn, cost: £125 (+VAT)

Out of thin air: How to find hundreds of new ideas every day
Evening course, 14 Mar, led by Ellie Levenson, cost: £95 (+VAT)

Adding a second string to your bow
Evening course, 17 April, led Steve Bustin, cost: £95 (+VAT)

Online video journalism*
One-day course, 18 April, led by Adam Westbrook, cost: £200 (+VAT)

Data visualisations*
One-day course, 18 April, led by Paul Bradshaw and Caroline Beavon, cost: £225 (+VAT)

Advanced research skills*
One-day course, 18 April, led by Colin Meek, cost: £200 (+VAT)

Introduction to data journalism: Taming the numbers
One-day course, 22 May, led by Paul Bradshaw, cost: £200 (+VAT)

Stiletto Bootcamp: Writing for women’s magazines
Six-week course, online, flexible start date, led by Tiffany Wright, cost: £250 (+VAT)

*The courses on 18 April are part of news:rewired PLUS, a two-day course which includes one day of our digital journalism conference on 19 April, and a choice of one of the three courses listed above.

news:rewired PLUS tickets are also available at an earlybird discount rate of £280 (+VAT). When all earlybird tickets have been sold, or by Friday 25 January, whichever comes first, news:rewired PLUS tickets will also rise to £310 (+VAT).

You can by buy news:rewired PLUS at this link. If you select a news:rewired PLUS ticket will contact you to confirm which training course you would like to attend on the 18 April.

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#Podcast: What skills do journalists need in the newsroom of 2013?

January 4th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Online Journalism, Podcast, Training

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In this week’s podcast technology editor Sarah Marshall speaks to key industry figures about the skills journalists need in today’s digital newsroom.

She speaks to:

  • Steve Herrmann, editor, BBC News Online
  • Alison Gow, editor of the Daily Post and, North Wales
  • Aron Pilhofer, editor of interactive news, New York Times
  • Mark Little, founder and chief executive of social news agency Storyful

The four share their advice on the skills needed, explaining why a journalist needs to be a jack of all trades, and tell us whether or not shorthand is still a required skill.

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the iTunes podcast feed.

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#Tip of the day for journalists: Read these job application tips

November 30th, 2012 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists, Training

The Online News Association has compiled a list of advice from key news industry figures in the kind of information recruiters are looking for in a job application.

For example, Meredith Artley, vice-president and managing editor, CNN Digital, urges journalists to research the company they are applying to work for.

She says:

Lots of people have the skills these days — the ones that so often rise to the top are the ones who prove they are listening, watching and reading what you are doing.

For thoughts on the kind of skills journalists now need, it is also worth reading this summary of an essay by C.W. AndersonEmily Bell and Clay Shirky.

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University published Post-Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present earlier this week.

The Knight Center reports on the key findings:

“In a networked world, the ability to inform, entertain and respond to feedback intelligently is a journalistic skill,” according to the report. This means that post-industrial journalists need to leverage their “charisma” to build a following on social networks like Twitter while rooting their reputation in accountability and integrity.

“Working between the crowd and the algorithm in the information ecosystem is where a journalist is able to have the most effect,” the report said.

Post-industrial journalists will be expected to have specialised knowledge and greater technical aptitude than traditional reporters. “These skills can be summarized as an ability to recognise, rather, evaluate and display new forms of journalistic evidence,” described the report. These new forms of evidence include data sets, tweets, and amateur video.


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