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…

Reporting tips: making contacts

In the world of journalism – local, national or international – contacts are how you bring in the good, sometimes great, off-diary stories. Contacts, who come in many different forms, like to feel like they matter, and because they’re the ones providing you with stories, they should matter to you. Just like any relationship in…

Reporting tips: how to get the best from press officers

In season five of The West Wing, there’s an episode titled Access, where a camera crew follows White House press secretary CJ Cregg around. When asked what she thinks her job is, she struggles to come up with an exact answer, but all her replies go something like this: “I am here to articulate the…