Going live on social media is a powerful way to connect with your audience, build engagement and share what you know. Live video has an immediacy excitement which can really pull people towards you. I must have broadcast hundreds of hours on live TV during my career. I was employed by the BBC with that… Read More Going live on social media
If you are dreaming of your first job in journalism, there are plenty of ways you can prepare. There is a lot of competition for every job, especially at entry level, and with plenty of media graduates entering the market place each year, it’s a challenge to offer something more and something unique. So here’s… Read More How to increase your chances of getting a job in journalism.
Phones. If you are under 30 the chances are you never actually CALL anyone on your phone. All your communication is done online, through apps, messaging, stories, snapchat. Even your friends don’t speak to you on the phone. So it’s no surprise that when I ask journalism students to contact people they’d like to… Read More How to ask for an interview on the phone.
It takes courage, as a media professional to open up about the personal impact that reporting on trauma and atrocity can have. I know from my Masters research, that journalists simply won’t admit to anyone that they have been affected by a story they have covered. There’s still a stigma, still a belief that… Read More Bearing witness- The impact of horror on TV news crews.
I once met a seasoned television journalist, who told me he vomited every time he had to go live on screen. He was a wreck before each broadcast, and avoided going live whenever possible. That was years ago, just as the dawn of the BBC News24 channel was rising. Live reporting was not that… Read More How to be better at live reporting
Reporting trauma. There’s a deadline, you need an exclusive, the editor is hassling, you need them to talk, you need the soundbite, you feel pressure, a sense of urgency and then relief, you just desperately want them to say something you can use,and then a sense of relief when they finally do talk. You leave,… Read More A story, but also a human. Reporting trauma.