Saturday, 31 May 2014

Latest Stories | Columbia Journalism Review

A hashtag made headlines again this week. #YesAllWomen was created in the wake of the Isla Vista shootings as a way for women to share their experiences of being threatened with male violence, particularly when they refused sexual advances. The hashtag has stayed on the list of US trending topics for several days--and led to dozens of second-day news stories and opinion pieces.

Poynter. » Why do journalists remember nasty editors fondly?

Dean Baquet said it was "nuts" to elegize "'the city editor who changed my life because he was really nasty to me for six months and it made me a better person.'" I noted earlier today that John Robinson had recently tweeted some wisdom about the peculiar devotion some journalists have for tough editors, but I was curious what Jill Geisler, who directs Poynter's management and leadership training programs, thought about J. Jonah Jameson types.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Sam Blackledge: John Humphrys may be tired of journalism, but the rest of us are still going strong | Plymouth Herald

JOHN Humphrys, esteemed veteran of BBC Radio 4's Today programme and scourge of evasive politicians, was recently asked what advice he would give to aspiring journalists.

"Don't do it!" he replied. "I am deeply pessimistic for the future of serious print journalism and I tell my own children and grandchildren to train for a profession where they're more likely to get a decent job with some hope of security."

Well, that's it then. We might as well all pack up our notepads and head off to the Job Centre. When one of the leading journos of his generation feels all hope is lost, what chance do the rest of us have?

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Slightly More Than 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism

Slightly More Than 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism

Each year, I keep a running list of exceptional nonfiction for The Best ofJournalism, a weekly email newsletter I publish. The result is my annual Best Of Journalism Awards. I couldn't read every worthy piece published last year and haven't included any paywalled articles or many of the numerous pieces from The Atlantic that I enjoyed*. But everything that follows is worthy of wider attention.

Monday, 19 May 2014

How to: have a digital 'edge' as a new journalist | How to succeed in journalism

How to: have a digital 'edge' as a new journalist | How to succeed in journalism

When it comes to getting your first job in journalism, there are a number of qualities all potential employers will be looking for.

You need to be able to write with accuracy and clarity, for example, and at times at speed (without – importantly – losing either of the first two staples of good reporting). It is also generally important to be well-versed in media law. Shorthand? Well, we will come to that later.

But assuming you possess all the important underlying abilities, having some digital sensibilities on top could help to set you out from the crowd, and where you are applying for an online or otherwise-digital position in particular, having key digital skills and tools under your belt could be vital.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Staying positive while looking for a job in journalism | Wannabe Hacks

I've been applying for journalism jobs since April and to be totally honest, I never thought I'd be in this position. With all the 'necessary' qualifications (BA, MA, NCTJ) and a decent amount of experience under my belt, I had always hoped that I'd be one of the lucky ones who landed a job pretty quickly. Needless to say, still being unemployed after nine months has not contributed positively to my confidence or self-esteem.

Friday, 9 May 2014

The perks of being a journalist | Wannabe Hacks

Too many people are put off the idea of becoming a journalist. Many talented writers, opinionists, and potential reporters simply don't want to be associated with the negative reputation that surrounds the press, following recent damaging events such as the Leveson Inquiry, and subsequent hacking trial.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Notes from the International Journalism Festival | The Buttry Diary

My notes from the International Journalism Festival would have worked better as tweets, both for immediacy and because they were a bit disjointed.

Wifi at the conference was spotty and I was able to livetweet only for Margaret Sullivan's keynote address on Saturday.

In addition, more than once, I've joined a session early or ducked out late, either because of appointments to meet fellow panelists or other friends or because I wanted to see overlapping panels. So in several cases, my notes cover only parts of sessions (the best parts, I hope). But I enjoyed each session, so I'll share my disjointed notes here, starting with some tweets from the Sullivan keynote:

Friday, 2 May 2014

5 lessons in start-up journalism from De Correspondent

5 lessons in start-up journalism from De Correspondent

Last April, Rob Wijnberg and Ernst-Jan Pfauth raised $1.7 million in crowdfunding for De Correspondent, a new, online-only publication

The idea was to go from 'the news' to 'the new'," said Wijnberg, De Correspondent's editor-in-chief, who was previously editor-in-chief of

He and Pfauth, publisher of De Correspondent and former online editor of, said they had tried to change the direction of their previous publication and failed. Instead, they took the ideas they had tried to implement for their own project.

"I thought the conversations I was having with the people writing articles were more interesting than the articles they were writing," said Wijnberg, and resolved to create a new publication based around each journalist – or correspondent – the stories they can tell and the conversations they can create.

A year after securing a reported world-record in crowdfunding for journalism, Pfauth and Wijnberg shared the lessons learned from their experiences so far at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia.

Journalists Covering Protests Face Growing Violence

Journalists Covering Protests Face Growing Violence

Journalists' ability to cover breaking news is under threat in a number of key countries, ranging from Brazil's more open media landscape to the contested spaces of Egypt, Turkey, and Ukraine, and Venezuela's repressive environment. Those who attempt to report on protest movements in particular risk physical harassment, detention, and even reprisal attacks designed to prevent them from documenting these important stories.