Free journalism ebook

One final post (probably) about the NCTJ conference... It was also used to promote a new ebook on the state of the journalism industry and the issues faced by modern reporters, Journalism: New Challenges.
It has been produced by Bournemouth University and is available to download for free at as either an ebook, PDF or to view online.

NCTJ Skills Conference: what we learned

A more considered overview of the NCTJ Skills Conference than the brief burst of words I managed to fire off from my iPad while waiting for a bus in Bournemouth earlier...

1. Embrace social media, but don't rely on it

Peter Bale, Vice President of CNN International Digital, told students to build an online profile and earn trust by being a consistent sharer of reliable, good quality information. He said newsroom recruits are now expected to be Twitter-literate (Twitterate?).

NCTJ Skills Conference

Reporters are being forced to abandon ethical news gathering methods as a direct result of the Leveson inquiry, according to Guardian crime correspondent Sandra Laville.
She made an impassioned plea for journalists to be brave and to trust their own personal integrity during the final session of the NCTJ Skills Conference in Bournemouth.
Young journalists were warned not to slavishly follow rules and accept authority.

Match reporting opportunity

Fans of the table-topping Maidstone United Under-21s have been unable to read about their team's fine run of form this season... until now.

Josh Margrie-Rouse's match report was published on the MUFC website today, after seven sports journalism students attended last nights' Kent derby against Margate.

And more of the students' work may feature in the programme for the next first team league game, I hear.

Open lectures

The university has an on-going series of open lectures which can provide great material for journalists - both in terms of quotes and background detail for stories and by supplying new ideas for academic work.

Highlights this month include:

Professor Till Roenneberg

October 2, 6pm, Grimond (Canterbury). The impact of sleep deprivation caused by changes in the modern lifestyle. A relevant topic for any students who stay glued to their iPads long after lights-out - and an interesting broader health story waiting to be told.


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