The College of Journalism, part of the BBC Academy alongside the Colleges of Production and Technology, oversees training for BBC News staff. This website focuses on core skills, safety, specialist areas, legal and ethical issues, and houses the News style guide. It's a site about BBC journalism.

Interviewing techniques

An engaging interview is a good conversation, says 5 Live presenter Peter Allen. The interviewer should be well briefed, good humoured, but firm

Producer in radio

Radio 5 Live producers fix guests, prepare briefs and keep on top of developing stories. They often work on several stories at once while the show’s on air

After I left the BBC - I became a novelist

Alex Gerlis has found that some of his skills as a BBC journalist have helped his new career as a novelist, but says writers must be single-minded.

Religion

Church/church - Lower case for the actual buildings; otherwise Church. No human being should be referred to as ‘Head of the Church’...

Scientific data

Dr Karol Sikora explains how to separate the hype from the facts - and the importance of being able to judge risk - when reporting a science story

Defamation

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

Law

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. Former College of Journalism head Jonathan Baker provides useful tips and 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