Reporting tips: Getting the job

For every journalism job, there are dozens and dozens of applicants. So how do you make sure you get that coveted role? Firstly, by having a great application, and secondly, by giving great interview. I’ve sifted through many, many job applications and conducted and sat in on more than my fair share of interviews, so…

Review: The Social Animal and Public Policy, a masterclass with David Brooks

David Brooks has a CV that reads like a dream career for most journalists.  Currently working for The New York Times, he’s previously worked for publications including The Wall Street Journal and the Atlantic Monthly, has interviewed presidents and has sat in on countless political pow wows. Brooks has also written a book, The Social…

Reporting tips: Proofreading

This is by far the riskiest blog post I’ve written, since it’s about proofreading and I’m bound to make a mistake that I won’t spot on my subsequent read throughs. Still, let’s treat it as a proofreading test for everyone.  Proofreading is a key skill for journalists, since it’s really annoying for news editors and…

Reporting tips: five ways to always have stories for a rainy day

It’s five minutes before a news meeting, and you’ve got nothing on your news list. This is not a situation any reporter wants to find themselves in. With a bit of preparation and some work, you should always be able to have something to put forward in a news meeting. The following five things are…

In pictures: snapshots from a news editing week

Some people believe journalists live hugely glamourous lives, getting free clothes, tickets to all the latest events and bylines on the cover of Vanity Fair every day. I guess it’s like that in the films (see How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, The Devil Wears Prada etc), but in real life, not so…

Reporting tips: photographers and photographs

What’s that? You’re a reporter and photographs don’t concern you? Think again. However great your story is, however many hundreds of words you write, nine times out of 10 a photograph is going to make it better. And the best of those photographs will be taken by the photographers in your newsroom (and not by…

In memory of Marie Colvin

Journalism has a bad reputation, but one look at Marie Colvin and her work and anyone can see that it can be a honourable profession. I have a huge respect for war reporters, and for Marie, who put herself in danger time and time again, until it eventually cost her her life. Today journalism lost…