“If you had a paper for every street, it would sell” – Really? – Bristol Editor – Social media, blogging, media relations, journalism and PR in Bristol

February 11, 2011

“If you had a paper for every street, it would sell” – Really? – Bristol Editor – Social media, blogging, media relations, journalism and PR in Bristol.

Fascinating read about the future of journalism and advice to any recently graduated student.

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Blog Collection – Week 3

October 4, 2010

There have been some fascinating posts out there this week. Here is just a sample of what I have been reading.

If you are wondering what the values of a journalist are, or if you just need reminding then take a look at this post from Bill Carmichael. Ten ways you know you are a journalist, they are all simple but quite easy to forget.

There was a fascinating insight into an editors view on the NCTJ qualification posted by Andy Bull here. There are some interesting videos incorportated into the post as well.

A very revealing Q&A on Journalism.co.uk with award winning broadcast journalist Adam Westbrook. If for nothing else, read it for his answer to the last question about whether or not the NCTJ should change their approach to course content.

And finally a fierce debate arose this week at Wannabe Hacks about the Guardian student media awards. “The Student” voiced his concerns with the structure of the awards and its judging panel and so far the debate has raged through the article’s 35 comments. Why not add your thoughts?


The Future of Journalism

September 26, 2010

Good morning,

As it’s a Sunday and many of you, like me, might be recovering from the night before. I thought why not give you a video to watch rather than a lot of text to read?

So here is Jeff Jarvis, BuzzMachine journalist, talking about the future of journalism and news reporting in 2009. How far do you think it’s come since then?

You can find more videos by clicking on the video credit link below.

Video Credit: ForaTV


The Blog Collection – Week 2

September 23, 2010

First up this week is a piece by Martin Belam on currybet.net which looks at the fear of a newsroom to publish viewing figures of their work. He says:

“The point of measuring and understanding an audience behaviour surely has to be to better deliver your news values.”

It’s a decent piece and a point that is well made. There is a look to the future as well when young journalists, fresh from their YouTube accounts and blogs, will enter the media having been entirely used to having their reader numbers displayed in public.

While I am still new to the blog world, I have been reading up a lot on tips about getting more traffic and keeping readers updated. This article is the latest to fill my screen about how to break a story (or post). In terms of journalism it is quite interesting to see how they advise you to break a news story.

In a topic a little closer to home, Fleet Street Blues followed on from my top five tips for work experience with some advice of their own. All useful stuff and there are some tips there that I didn’t include. Well worth a read, if only for the last comment.

Finally, a story that I am sure most of you would have seen. It turns out that Apple are quite difficult to get hold of for a quote, Steve Jobs on the other hand….

Remember you can follow us on Twitter @nctjandbeyond and now on Facebook too. NCTJ & Beyond has its own Facebook page so be sure to “like” it in the sidebar on the right to get access to more discussion.

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University Journalism: Are Student Papers Really Needed?

September 20, 2010

An interesting news piece on Journalism.co.uk reveals that final year journalism students at Coventry University will be responsible for the copy and pictures of the Coventry Telegraph’s community pages.

It is a very promising initiative which will no doubt benefit both the students and the paper; however it has got me thinking. Is it better than a student paper?

In terms of exposing your talents to potential employers I would argue that it is. The editor of the Coventry Telegraph, who set up the scheme, will have direct access to the students work and they will have more of an opportunity to impress him than if they were to take cuttings from their time at the Uni paper.

On the flip side, are Uni papers irreplaceable? They are most people’s first experience of the hustle and bustle of a news room environment. For others, it is the platform in which the skill of being an editor is learnt. But are employers really swayed by a candidate’s record at their Uni paper? I am not sure.

Is a project like this the future of practical journalism while at Uni and will it yield more jobs in the process? Its success and popularity is something to look out for and only time will tell. But in terms of giving students a chance, I would say it’s certainly a good start.


The Blog Collection – Week 1

September 15, 2010

Well my first week in the blogging world is coming to an end, and what a week it has been. I thought it would be fair to share some of the other blogs and articles that I have been reading this week.

First though a shameless plug, my debut post was a look at the merits of a degree in journalism compared to an NCTJ course. As it was quite early in my blogging career some of you may have missed it. But don’t despair you can read it at this link.

Following on from that, the guys at Wannabe Hacks have drawn in an expert poster in NCTJ courses to discuss its benefits. Rhys Hayward is a 100%er having passed all of his exams in the NCTJ preliminary course (incidentally at the same centre I am currently studying) and gives his opinion on the worth of shorthand, news writing etc.

Talking of shorthand, Andy Dickinson caused quite a stir (of which I was a part) by suggesting that the squiggly skill may not be essential in this day and age. Have a read here, including the debate that followed in the comments section.

And finally anybody feeling worried about the NCTJ’s pedigree in the wake of Roy Greenslade’s article would be advised to read this quite reassuring summary, written three days before the Guardian piece, from NCTJ accreditation board chairman Chris Elliott. Most reassuringly he said:

“NCTJ students and trainees are on the path to being good journalists and can work across any medium and are highly employable.  Editors know that NCTJ-accredited courses produce trainees with the fundamental skills for the newsroom. Even more importantly, students are not short-changed.”

If you have any other articles of interest, please get in touch below or contact me on Twitter.


Is there a Storm Brewing?

September 13, 2010

It seems there will be a few heated discussions between journalism Universities and the NCTJ in the coming weeks.

As Roy Greenslade reports over at Media Guardian there is some very healthy debate coming from Brian McNair, former journalism professor of Strathclyde University, and his reasons to pull Strathclyde’s journalism and creative writing course away from NCTJ accreditation.

It seems McNair (who airs his views here) believes the NCTJ is a dated concept, with much more focus on social networking and online media these days.  While this maybe true, it doesn’t render the NCTJ redundant. There are still local papers in circulation and their reporters will still need to know shorthand, media law and the other skills the NCTJ teach.

However, there is a general shift in the thinking at papers these days. One reporter, during a stint of work experience at my local paper a couple of weeks ago, told me that he now has to split his week equally to allow him to contribute to the web site as well as the paper. The same company even employs a dedicated online sports reporter, and one of his main roles is to get the website hits through social networking.

So it seems students and education centre’s need to choose a camp. Either they believe newspaper reporting to be dying (or dead) and cut the ties with the NCTJ or they believe the NCTJ gives students a solid start in which they can build a career by starting in the local press.

If only there was a way to combine the two?


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