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.

Night shifts: Producing Newsday

Following the World Service’s Newsday team on a night when the health of Nelson Mandela had been declared ‘critical’

Editing OOVs

OOVs are short scripts read by a presenter ‘out of vision’ and covered by a picture sequence. They tell a story in about 20 seconds. The News Channel's Simon Waldman explains

If you want your first Reddit AMA to make a splash, ask @bbclysedoucet

Our wide-ranging AMA thread touched on impartiality, women in Iran, Canadian accents and how to get into journalism.

Roman Catholic Church

Edward Stourton considers the issues facing the oldest institution in the Western world, and takes a look back at its history

Sport online: Front page

The front page of the Sport website showcases the best of BBC Sport - from live events, news and video to bloggers, audio and columnists


Defamation is concerned with protecting the reputations of individuals, groups of individuals, companies and firms from untrue allegations. The law in England and Wales changed on 1 January 2014

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