5 reasons why trainee journalists should learn shorthand

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

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 write a news story

You can learn all the theory about journalism but the real test of your professional qualities comes when you write a story. Whether you are writing it for a newspaper or for it to be read out in a radio or television broadcast the onus is on you to construct content which will draw your… 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