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.

English grammar tips

Poor grammar can affect meaning and infuriates audiences more than just about anything else. Confuse your audience and risk driving them away

Reporting: Foreign assignments

A lot of preparation needs to be done for a foreign assignment. The safety of your team and having the right kit and documentation are paramount

Freelance journalists in Italy protest over minimum wage ruling

A new Italian law called ‘fair salary’ says freelance journalists should be paid no less than 3,000 euros per year!

Supporting colleagues who have suffered trauma

To support colleagues who may be suffering psychological problems following trauma, you need to be aware of the tell-tale signs

Women in sports journalism: Alison Mitchell, Natalie Pirks

Four leading female sports journalists, including cricket commentator Alison Mitchell and sports news correspondent Natalie Pirks, discuss the key issues facing women

Magistrates’ court

Most criminal cases in England and Wales are heard by magistrates. Rory Maclean tours a magistrates' court and explains how they operate

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 languages

The BBC College of Journalism has launched four more international language websites - taking the total to 15 plus English. Each supports the work of the BBC World Service with a core focus on skills, language and values. More are planned