Journalism skills, safety, specialist areas, legal and ethical issues from the BBC Academy. Includes the BBC News style guide.

Interviewing Mandela at short notice: Jonathan Charles

A shock brief proved to be a highly memorable experience for former BBC world affairs correspondent Jonathan Charles

Smartphone journalism: Audio

Recording great audio on a smartphone is simple if you follow some basic rules. Smartphone specialist Marc Settle explains how to get the most from mobiles like the iPhone running iOS 7

New online formats: What I learnt from my audience

BBC Taster lets producers try new formats and asks the audience for feedback. Here's what the audience told one producer about his work.

Public order awareness

So what is the best way to improve the safety of journalists covering riots or disturbances? Gather as much information as possible from as many sources as possible

Behind the science headlines: NHS Choices

Even if you are not a specialist journalist, there are certain questions you can ask to work out the facts behind a science story


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BBC Academy language sites

The BBC Academy has 18 international language websites in addition to the globally available English site. Each supports the work of the BBC World Service with a core focus on skills, language and values. More are planned

Core practical skills

The BBC Academy's journalism skills section features experienced practitioners, from Fiona Bruce to Rory Cellan-Jones, using a range of practical skills. 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 website 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, director of news James Harding 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 BBC Academy has run seminars and conferences that examine the big issues facing journalism. These range from internal briefings on major stories by senior BBC journalists to big national or international conferences

Jobs / Journalism Trainee Scheme

Competition for jobs is fierce. Jonathan Baker, former head of the BBC Academy's College of Journalism, provides useful tips and approaches, while Julian Joyce, manager of the Journalism Trainee Scheme, explains how to stand out from the crowd