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 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

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