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The top 10 most-read stories on, 24-30 March

1. Rusbridger: Guardian paywall ‘has not been ruled out

2. Five tools for the journalist’s toolbox

3. Two British freelance journalists killed in Syria, CPJ reports

4. Mission America: How the Guardian’s US move has added 4m readers

5. WikiLeaks: ‘We have not finished’

6. Tool of the week for journalists: Timeline

7. Orwell Prize 2012 Journalism and Blog longlists announced

8. How the Guardian’s community of commentators contributes to the story

9. Ex-cricketer awarded £90K damages in Twitter libel case

10. Lost journalists documentary hits $50k goal on Kickstarter

New one-day training courses from runs a range of training courses to help boost your skills in a particular area of journalism.

Here is a list of the training courses we are running this spring. We will be adding more soon.

Successful freelance journalism

  • Date: 2 May
  • Tutors: Olivia Gordon and Jo Payton

Do you want to know how to get off the ground as a freelance writer and build a successful business? Led by two experienced and in-demand journalists, this course on how to be a successful freelance journalist will help anyone thinking of working as a freelance journalist, as well as new freelancers, or those who are already working in the field but want a refresher to up their game.

Advanced online research skills

  • Date: 3 May
  • Tutor: Colin Meek

An intensive course covering quick tips for slicker working and a range of other investigative techniques and strategies for taking your desk research to the next level.

Online sub-editing

  • Date: 4 May
  • Tutors: Emmanuelle Smith and Jane Wild

Whether you’re a print sub-editor looking to update your skills and transfer them to the web, or looking for that first job in online journalism, you will benefit from this one-day course. As the media and the way in which readers consume it evolve, multi-skilled journalists who can produce great copy for the web are more in demand than ever.

An introduction to data journalism*

  • Date: 9 May or 28 May
  • Tutor: Kevin Anderson

As governments and institutions release more data, complex numbers have become an important part of many stories. Data journalism is now a skill that can set you apart in a competitive job market.

*This is the last time we will be offering this course led by Kevin Anderson due to his commitments – so take advantage of the final opportunity to learn from this former BBC and Guardian data journalist.

Intermediate data journalism

  • Date: 29 May
  • Tutor: Kevin Anderson

Now that you know the basics about data journalism, get ready to take your skills to the next level. You’ll leave the course with more confidence on how to tame data, make more powerful visualisations and build stronger cases from your investigative reporting.

Media law refresher

  • Date: 21 May
  • Tutor: David Banks

A one-day course offering an update on key aspects of media law that can affect anyone publishing in the UK.

It covers areas such as libel, contempt, reporting the courts, sexual offences, children, privacy and confidentiality and copyright.

The course includes updates on the legal areas being explored by the Leveson inquiry, such as Bribery Act, RIPA, Data Protection Act and Misuse of Computers Act.

Online media law

  • Date: 11 June
  • Tutor: David Banks

A course that focuses on the media law that particularly affects those working in new media.

The course covers libel, contempt, privacy and confidentiality, copyright, Data Protection Act and Misuse of Computers Act with special reference to cases affecting those working online.

Adding a second string to your bow

  • Date: 23 May (evening)
  • Tutor: Steve Bustin

Times are tough for freelance journalists, with increasing numbers of writers chasing a decreasing number of commissions, leaving many facing a reduced income.

This course examines ways to boost your income by developing a ‘second string to your bow’, developing and selling other services such as corporate copywriting, PR services and paid public speaking.

How to set up a hyperlocal news site

  • Date: 28 May
  • Tutor: Philip John

Want to get a head start in the exciting new world of hyperlocal journalism? This course will guide you through the process, from inception to sustainability. You’ll learn about using the right mix of technology, how to encourage contributions and marketing on a tiny budget, plus we’ll cover the unique set of issues facing hyperlocal sites.

To suggest a course or find out more email me using this link or call 01273 384291.

The top 10 most-read stories on, 5-9 March

1. Twenty inspirational women journalists

2. Frances Harrison: My double life as mother and foreign correspondent

3. Local newspaper paid-for iPad apps hit Apple’s Newsstand

4. Marie Colvin funeral to be held in New York this weekend

5. BBC to launch online corrections page, Trust confirms

6. Sun’s former digital product manager joins Johnston Press

7. Paul Conroy talks about Syria: ‘It’s a massacre’

8. Emap considers selling its print magazines and events

9. Richard Fletcher named as Telegraph website editor

10. Evgeny Lebedev: Independent to launch new campaigning website

So last century: How to add a web page archive to a Facebook timeline

We have been updating the Facebook page (, following the launch of the Facebook page redesign last week.

We have used a free search tool called Wayback Machine, to search an archive of images of our home page over time.

To do the same, type the URL of your news site into Wayback Machine and then use the calendar to find crawled web pages from the archives.

Save a screen shot and then upload to the new-style Facebook page. To find out how to convert to the new style and add “milestones”, follow this helpful guide.

You can see how has changed over time by clicking here and looking at our Facebook timeline.

This is what looked like on 25 January 1999.

The top 10 most-read stories on, 25 February-2 March

1. Murdoch claims three million sales for Sun on Sunday launch

2. Report: Social media top for future news outlet investment

3. New York Times gets new-look Facebook page with timeline of 160-year history

4. Financial Times to set up new ‘live news’ operation

5. How to: submit a Freedom of Information request

6. Tool of the week for journalists:

7. Crowdfunding journalism: How one project secured $50,000 in 38 hours

8. Tom Watson: Report could link NOTW with police payments

9. Nick Davies wins Paul Foot award for phone-hacking investigation

10. ABC: Express and Star sees biggest monthly traffic increase

The top 10 most-read stories on, 18-24 February

1. A Guardian hotel? Publisher says it is ‘exploring options’

2. How to: use Facebook Subscribe as a journalist

3. Former NOTW web journalist launches newsgathering tool

4. Tool of the week for journalists: Press Pass, to search for journalists on Twitter

5. Campaign launched to ‘save the Freedom of Information Act’

6. Johnston Press in consultation with senior executives

7. Emap understood to be seeking new London HQ

8. Ofcom: BBC news report breached girl’s privacy

9. More details emerging about Sun on Sunday launch

10. John Witherow: ‘Marie Colvin was an extraordinary figure’

The top 10 most-read stories on, 4-10 February

1. Sun editor: Page 3 ‘part of British society’

2. Page 3 campaign grows as Leveson recalls Sun editor

3. Telegraph hires Sky producer James Weeks for video role

4. Heather Mills records 65 hours of ‘harassment’

5. Briefing Media to buy UBM medical and farming titles

6. Police officer cleared over NoW Milly Dowler ‘leak’

7. Tool of the week for journalists – Pinterest

8. ProPublica-inspired global news site launches in Australia

9. EU privacy rulings: ‘huge consequences’ for UK press

10. Ian Edmondson: ‘Culture of bullying’ at News of the World

The top 10 most-read stories on, 21-27 January

1. How to: prepare for a journalism job interview

2. Johann Hari declines invitation to return to Independent

3. News International to launch Sunday version of the Sun on 29 April, sources say

4. A guide to mastering 100wpm shorthand

5. Women’s groups condemn ‘harmful’ stereotypes in media

6. Is your blog in this PR database of 1.3 million blogs?

7. PA editor: Name mistake ‘catastrophic example of human error’

8. Mail Online publisher: ‘If you don’t listen to your users then you’re dead’

9. App of the week for journalists – Flipboard

10. Tool of the week for journalists – Formulists (use it before it disappears)

The top 10 most-read stories on, 14-20 January

1. How to: write a covering letter and CV

2. Slovenia’s national paywall goes up: what the publishers say

3. Ten LinkedIn tips for journalists

4. App of the week for journalists: Tweetbot

5. Express and Star scraps paywall in favour of paid-for apps

6. Tool of the week for journalists – Spool, an Instapaper for video

7. ITV News announces two new ‘specialist editors’

8. Ian Hislop: ‘Statutory regulation is not required’

9. Google-sponsored Data Journalism Awards open to entries

10. Sunday Times editor confirms Gordon Brown ‘blagging’

The top 10 most-read stories on, 7-13 January

1. Mail ‘receives 300 to 400 Pippa Middleton pictures a day’

2. French landmark case: A new dawn for investigative journalism?

3. Slovenia to launch £4-a-month national paywall

4. Tool of the week for journalists – ProPublica’s TimelineSetter

5. Johann Hari to return to Independent in ‘4 or 5 weeks’

6. App of the week for journalists: Zite

7. Trinity Mirror to close five offices with 35 redundancies

8. Daily Star editor denies paper has anti-Islamic agenda

9. Taking a closer look at development journalism

10. Why the internet can help save newspapers