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

Working off-diary: Andrew Hosken

Radio 4 reporter Andrew Hosken uses the story of an NHS whistle-blower to explain how covering complex issues requires specific skills

Social media: Lyse Doucet and Philippa Thomas

Social media is an important newsgathering resource as well as a powerful tool to reach and engage with new audiences. It also provides a platform for content

God’s gift to journalists: Questioning the Pope

Caroline Wyatt on what it's like to be one of the 'Vaticanisti' - the Pope's press pack. Does the Vatican get an easy ride from journalists enjoying an easy ride on the Papal plane?

Safety for women journalists: Hannah Storm

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

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