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

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 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

How to find the ‘hook’ in a news story

What sets a journalist apart from others is their ability to spot a newsworthy story. It is often buried in an otherwise mundane press release or it might be dropped into conversation over a drink at the pub. But good journalists will spot this ‘hook’ straight away. It’s the secret ingredient which drives news and… Read More

9 Qualities Journalists Need To Have

When I was deciding the subject matter of the opening chapter of my new book – How To Become A Journalist – I thought long and hard about it. Eventually I plumped for focusing in on the personal qualities you need to have to work as a journalist. After all, anyone who is considering what career… Read More