The College of Journalism oversees training for BBC News staff. This website focuses on best practice in core skills, offers an overview of specialist areas, legal and ethical issues, and a style guide. It's a site about BBC journalism.

VSATs and satellite trucks

VSATs are the vehicles used in the field by the BBC to get the news on air - so how do you make them work for you?

Using social media to get to know your patch

Social media can help you to really get to know your local area. As this video explains, they're a rich resource of events, contacts and stories

Video clues aid verification amid confusion in Ukraine

It is obviously worth checking the profile of whoever uploaded the video in question. Do they appear to be local? How long have they been active on social media?

Safety for women journalists

It is not necessarily more difficult for a woman to work in a war zone. Bullets do not discriminate. But in some countries the local culture makes it more challenging

Local government

Every journalist needs to know how local government works on their patch. Brief yourself on the major differences across the four UK nations

Data Journalism Day: holding power to account

An event focusing on how data journalism is helping investigative reporters all over the world to break major stories and attempt to hold power to account

Core practical skills

The College of Journalism's skills section features experienced practitioners, from Huw Edwards to Rory Cellan-Jones, using a range of practical skills in their daily work. A series of reports offer advice on key skills like how to write, interview and use social media

The BBC News style guide

Audiences expect the BBC to demonstrate the highest standards of English. This section is the current style guide for BBC News which details many rules of spelling, punctuation and grammar. It also covers accuracy, fairness and impartiality

Safety issues, trauma and first aid

Some stories pose a risk to physical or mental health. But not only in war zones. A distressing court case, accident or natural disaster can have an impact. This section offers advice on managing post-traumatic stress and basic first aid

Briefings on key topics

Senior BBC journalists offer insights and tips on covering their subject areas. Reports include Robert Peston revealing what makes the best business journalism and political editor Nick Robinson sharing a day in his life reporting Westminster


Legal issues and the courts

All journalists need a detailed understanding of how the law affects their work. This section of the College of Journalism site offers a guide to the law - privacy, copyright, contempt, defamation - and the issues affecting reporting from the various types of UK courts

BBC ethics and values

BBC journalism is built on a number of editorial values. In this section, former director of news Helen Boaden outlines why the BBC’s ethics and values underpin everything journalists do. And senior editors discuss putting these standards into practice

Masterclasses and conferences

The College of Journalism runs seminars and conferences that examine the big issues facing journalism. These range from briefings on major stories by senior BBC journalists to big national or international conferences

Jobs / Journalism Trainee Scheme

Competition for jobs is fierce. College of Journalism head Jonathan Baker provides useful tips and possible approaches, while Julian Joyce, manager of the Journalism Trainee Scheme, explains how his candidates need to stand out from the crowd

College of Journalism international

The College has 11 international language websites to support the BBC World Service: Arabic, Burmese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Hausa, Pashto, Persian, Russian, Swahili, Urdu and Vietnamese, with more planned