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#Tip: How to build sources when you’re starting out

April 2nd, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Top tips for journalists

All the web-scraping, Twitter-searching, FOI-requesting tools in the world will never be able to fully replace a reliable human source as an asset to a story.

A reliable network of contacts and sources is vital to any journalist, and can take years to develop, but where do you start?

Last year spoke to ESPN anchor Anish Shroff about how to build sources in sports journalism, but the tips and advice shared are just as relevant to any field.

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#Podcast – Career advice for aspiring sports journalists

February 22nd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Podcast

This week’s podcast looks at sports journalism and gets expert advice on how to succeed.

Recommendations include the value of experience, getting the right training and other potential in-roads to this popular and competitive sector.

  • Sean Ingle, sports editor,
  • Nick Powell, sports editor, Sky News
  • James Toney, managing editor, Sportsbeat
  • Keith Elliott, head of careers, Sports Journalists’ Association
  • Jonny Lally, media officer, Leicester City FC

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

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Former Times and Sunday Times journalist in documentary debut at Edinburgh Film Festival

June 14th, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Events

Former Afghanistan correspondent at the Times and Sunday Times Tim Albone will make his film debut this week with ‘Out of the Ashes’, his documentary detailing the rise of the Afghanistan cricket team.

Directed by Albone and Lucy Martens, with Sam Mendes as executive producer, the blurb reads:

In just a few years, the Afghan cricket team has risen from obscurity in the sport’s lowest ranks to phenomenal success in the highly competitive international arena. This is the remarkable and inspirational story of coach Taj Malik Aleem and his team, who became the sport’s unlikeliest heroes during a triumphant campaign culminating in the crucial World Cup qualifier in South Africa. In a country more often associated with war and rigged elections, their incredible journey is an absolute joy to behold.

Albone was based in Kabul between 2005 and the end of 2007. He has also reported from Iraq, India, Pakistan, Yemen, Ethiopia and Cuba and has worked for Sky News, NPR, the Globe and Mail and the Scotsman.

The film will be shown on 17 June and 19 June as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF).

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