Things My Journalism Tutors Should Have Taught Me

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Every now and then I get a call from a student asking for a little advice. Most of them are halfway through a journalism or writing course and have started to ponder about life after assignments. For many it comes down to finding a job – not an easy task by any means. Chatting about […]

Who Would be a Journalist?

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Writing for a living can be a dangerous game. Loved by some, loathed by others, journalists need a thick skin in order to survive. Over the last 16 months the newspaper industry has faced unprecedented criticism. Lord Leveson’s inquiry into the practices and ethics of the press has brought to light industry scandals the likes […]

The Future of Print

  Thirty years ago a newspaper was considered a daily essential. Poured over at breakfast, scanned on the bus and dissected at lunch it fed the nation its information. Today its a completely different story… So what’s turned us all away from our daily read? Media competition, scandal, economics and quality have all played their […]

Moving With The Times

In the space of just a few years, the job description of a journalist has changed dramatically. It used to be all about researching and writing – relying on contacts, tips and a clattering typewriter. Then along came computers, the Internet, mobile phones and eventually social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook.

Stop Procrastinating & Start Writing

If you’ve been given the job of updating the company blog or newsletter even just knowing where to start can feel intimidating. We are all experts at putting things off. When a task looms large in our heads, it can sometimes feel easier to just ignore it and do something easier instead. All writers procrastinate. […]

How to Write Headlines

A quick heads up on why the words at the top matter. Headline writing is a true art form. Armed with just a few well chosen words you can convey a great deal within a matter of seconds. It’s no surprise then that with so much riding on headlines a lot of thought goes into their […]

My Top Writing Hates

Writing for a living can be very rewarding. Every day you create something new; bringing new ideas to life. But EVERYONE has little bugbears about their profession and writing is no exception. Now it goes without saying that I love what I do… but every so often I feel the need to count to ten. […]