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#Tip: Learn how to encrypt your emails

August 27th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists


Our emails are not nearly as secure as we would like to believe. This had been suspected by many before the recent and continuing revelations from Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Alan Rusbridger et al. but it should now be common knowledge that every email we send can be viewed by third parties and security services.

So Alan Henry has put together a guide over at Lifehacker on how, with a little time and patience, you can learn to encrypt your emails. This is obviously not necessary for any kind of “Hi Mum” or “look at this cat” type of correspondence but having the relevant know-how could be vital if a source reaches out and wants to share encrypted information with you. Besides, Glenn Greenwald almost lost the NSA story because he ignored Snowden’s instructions on how to encrypt their communication.

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#Podcast: Journalism in Palestine

July 12th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Podcast

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the longest ongoing political struggles in the world. This podcast looks at a number of factors affecting journalists and journalism in Palestine – from social media and the digital revolution to restrictions on movement and journalistic independence – and asks how, and if, journalists can remain objective in such a fractious environment.

We speak to:

  • Dalia Hatuqa, freelance journalist, Ramallah
  • Jim Landale, chief of Palestine, decolonisation and human rights section, United Nations Department of Public Information
  • Omar Ghraieb, freelance journalist, Gaza
  • George Hale, managing editor, Ma’an News English
You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the iTunes podcast feed.


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Poynter: Online video proves big traffic generator for Miami Herald

February 7th, 2011 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Editors' pick, Multimedia, Online Journalism

The Miami Herald site has seen a 25 per cent increase in visitors as a direct result of using video – making movies the second biggest driver behind its stories.

And it claims part of its success is down to getting rid of reporters and replacing them with videographers.

Visual journalist Chuck Fadely, interviewed on, says having a designated video team frees up reporters to get on with writing and improves the quality of the video output:

Three or four years ago we were training reporters, but we discovered it was like teaching a pig to sing; it annoys the pig and frustrates the teacher. Back then we had a couple of reporters who got it. Since the staff reductions they don’t have time to work on videos, and the quality level was lower, so we’ve basically given up on reporter-produced videos.

While many news sites dismissed video as ineffectual and expensive, the Herald decided to use it to consolidate popular subject areas, increase the time people spent on the site and engage them in new ways.

After showing video for six years it found that sport and breaking news attracted the most viewings, so it concentrated on these areas rather than experimenting. It also started partnering with TV stations to expand its brand.

See the full story on Poynter at this link.

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NUJ’s Journalist magazine gets a makeover

March 22nd, 2010 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Editors' pick, Magazines

The National Union of Journalists magazine, has had its first proper redesign for 17 years, under new editor Christine Buckley. The Journalist worked with designers SurgeryCreations to make the publication more “modern, attractive, informative and engaging,” she said.

And from the electronic version we’ve seen, we think it looks rather nice with some good content, including pieces by former Times media editor Dan Sabbagh and former Guardian journalist David Hencke. “We’re keen that the publication produced for the journalists’ union is of the highest standard, since our audience of  media professionals expects a professional magazine,” said Buckley, in a release.

“I’ve sought to make the new magazine reflective of the diverse, active union that the NUJ is, and I intend that it should echo the voices of our members from across the union.”

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Honouring embargoes

Perhaps a little frivolous to start a Monday morning with, but hey. Journalist to PR promoting new revolutionary social media software: “Yes, I’ll honour the embargo… for the rest of my working life.”

We understand that part 2 is on its way. Follow its creator tech journalist Steve O’Hear / @sohear for details. Strong language warning.

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Columbia Journalism Review: Error prevention tools

January 26th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Online Journalism

Regret The Error’s Craig Silverman summarises three online services that journalists could use to help prevent errors: gooseGrade, Bite-Size Edit and Artificial Proofreader.

Full post at this link…

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#Tip of the day from – Influential Twitterers Down Under

October 1st, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

Journalist in Australia? Want to know who is influential on Twitter? Check out: Tipster: Judith Townend.

To submit a tip to, use this link – we will pay a fiver for the best ones published.

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#FollowJourn @ashantiomkar/freelancer

September 24th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Recommended journalists

#FollowJourn: Ashanti Omkar

Who? Freelance broadcast and print journalist in film, music and culture.

What? Omkar pursued journalism after a career in IT and describes herself as journalist, poet and presenter.

Where? @ashantiomkar and

Contact? theomkarconnection [at]

Just as we like to supply you with fresh and innovative tips every day, we’re recommending journalists to follow online too. They might be from any sector of the industry: please send suggestions (you can nominate yourself) to judith or laura [at]; or to @journalismnews.

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Freelance Frontline: Let us know what you’re up to

September 22nd, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Freelance has just posted the first in what we hope will become a regular series looking at the work of freelance journalists – in all its many and varied forms.

You can read the first installment featuring Stephen Maughan, on starting out as a freelancer; Mark Joyella, on his role as a ‘community supported journalist’; and new blogger Vik Iyer.

Let us know what you’re working on: we want to hear about published articles, book plans or newly launched websites.

Just finished a big commission? Send us a link. Looking for contributors for a new pitch? Get in touch.

You can drop our news team an email, send us a tweet or leave a comment below.

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Wildfire PR: Computing editor Bryan Glick on the changing face of journalism

September 17th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Journalism

Worth a read – this interview with Bryan Glick, editor of Computing, on the changes he has witnessed in his career and the last 10 years of journalism.

Glick discusses how the role of Computing as a news outlet has changed with the advent of the internet; the differences in being a journalist ‘now’ and ‘then’; and how the title’s relationship with PRs and technology companies has changed.

One choice quote from Glick:

“I remember the three-inch stack of fading, curled-up fax papers someone had to check in case there was a nugget of news we missed. Today, I couldn’t even tell you what our fax number is.”

Full interview at this link…

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