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Slewfootsnop: What are employers advertising for in journalism job ads?

Murray Dick has created a nice word cloud of the skills being sought by journalism employers by running a series of job ads through Wordle.

Dick took the latest 25 ads (as of August 30) from our jobs feed; 24 results from a search of Guardian jobs for the term ‘journalism’; and 20 results from a search through the BBC jobs site for ‘journalist’.

[He explains the process in full in his blog post.]

Below is the result:

Wordle produced by Murray Dick of journalism job ad terms

It’s interesting to see how prominent the term ‘team’ is – but no appearance of ‘audience’ or ‘online’ either [my eyesight stands corrected].

CIJ creates new online tools for investigative journalists

The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) has been busy creating some new resources for journalists working in the field.

For starters you can subscribe to the centre’s delicious links, which can be viewed by date using the following format http://delicious.com/cijournalism/19_Jan_09 or subscribed to via RSS. Anyone who wants to subscribe through email should contact cij@city.ac.uk.

Links and occasional posts will also be published at the new CIJ blog.

This is all part of the CIJ’s current awareness policy – outlined by CIJ’s Murray Dick in this blog post, in which he says:

“At the CIJ, we need to keep up-to-speed on examples of excellence in investigative journalism, for a number of reasons.” These include:

  • “The need to reach out to investigative researchers (and other interested parties, like whistle blowers and journalism students) wherever they are, to offer our help and services.
  • “The need to develop our current contacts.
  • “The need to keep track on journalists who are new to the field, to supplement our speakers.
  • “The need to keep track on trends in investigative research, FOI, Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR), and new fields as they arise, which will help CIJ policy as it applies to our training and events.

“Relying on our own reading in the field is fine, but there is a whole world of new – and old – media out there which we could do with keeping on top of, not to mention people we haven’t heard of yet. A comprehensive approach is needed to make sure we don’t fall behind in the field.”