Three ways journalists can use Twitter with 280 characters

Twitter has doubled the number of characters users can use in a single post, from 140 to 280, and this is good news for journalists. Some have complained that the change will ruin the micro-blogging site because its attraction lies in the brevity of posts. Author JK Rowling Tweeted: “Twitter’s destroyed its USP. The whole… Read More

5 reasons to become a journalist in 2017

  Newsrooms are shrinking in both print and broadcast media as technology makes the job of delivering instant news ever more easier with fewer resources. That might persuade some to look elsewhere for a career in journalism. Fewer jobs means more competition when it comes to finding that first role on a newspaper or a… Read More

5 reasons why trainee journalists should learn shorthand

A blog discussing why it is vital for aspiring journalists to learn shorthand skills. Read More

How To Become A Journalist

A career guide about how to become a journalist. Read More

Qualities you need to be a journalist

There will be lots of teenagers at this moment thinking about their future careers as they prepare for the upcoming exam season. Some will be interested in a career in journalism. And they will be wondering if they have the personal qualities required to get a job as a newspaper reporter or a broadcast journalist. I’ve… Read More

How to get a job as a journalist

I’ve been in contact with dozens of aspiring journalists since writing my career guide to  careers in journalism. And many have been students who have tried to get trainee positions or internships with newspapers or broadcasters. Some of them have been turned down because they didn’t have any experience of working alongside trained journalists. My advice… Read More

How journalists use social media

A survey has just come out which reveals that 60 per cent of Facebook and Twitter users access their news from social media rather than traditional sources such as newspapers, television or radio. But what is also clear is that most of this news which is posted on social media channels comes from journalists. It… Read More

How to write great features

There are many great journalists who are capable of producing brilliant news copy but struggle to write features. And, vice versa, some specialist feature writers find it difficult adapting to the challenges of bashing out hard news stories. Feature writing is an art in itself. You get the opportunity to spend more time with the… Read More

Top tips for trainee reporters covering court cases

There are few more daunting assignments for a rookie journalist than being asked to cover a court case for the first time. The lucky ones will have the privilege initially of shadowing a more experienced reporter as they sit on the press bench at either a magistrates’ court or a crown court. But, with fewer… Read More

How to source news

How do you actually get news? That is probably the question I am asked most by people I meet who aren’t journalists. It was a task which was a lot more difficult when I started out as a trainee reporter more than 20 years ago. There was no internet back then, no social media and people… Read More