Journalism

Skills

Journalists need to master a wide range of practical and editorial skills. In this section of the College of Journalism website, some of the BBC’s most experienced practitioners - from Huw Edwards to Rory Cellan-Jones - reveal how they use these in their daily work. A series of video and text reports provide practical advice in key areas such as how to write, report, interview, present, research stories, and get the most from social media.


Categories

Investigative journalism

Investigative journalists need technical skill, resourcefulness and bravery. They need to understand every layer of the story and back up their findings. Some of the BBC’s most experienced investigative reporters explain how they find and tell their stories.

Social media

What are the latest and best tools available? How can you be sure user-generated content is genuine? And what's the best way to find it? This section provides advice from leading practitioners including the UGC Hub and technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones

Filming and recording

Find out how to familiarise yourself with the latest technology, techniques and terminology. From smartphones to satellite dishes, knowing how to record, file and broadcast content requires skill and experience. Plan ahead and think on your feet

Writing

Use simple words and say precisely what you mean. On TV, words support pictures; on radio, words can paint pictures; on the web, understand SEO. Allan Little, Sian Williams and some of the BBC’s best writers discuss stories, intros and headlines

Researching and producing

A good idea is just the first step in the process: you need to research it, sell it to your editor. Hear from BBC editors and producers, on programmes such as Today and Radio 1's Newsbeat, about how they find, research and produce a story

Editing

It’s not just deciding what goes on the front of the BBC News website or leads the Six O'Clock News - editors manage teams, talent and strategic projects. Discover how editors from the News at Ten, Radio 5 Live and BBC News website make the difficult calls

Reporting

From pieces to camera to covering disasters or reporting for local radio; from web journalism to live broadcasting - journalists need to master a wide range of core skills. Watch David Shukman, Jeremy Bowen, Jon Sopel and others in action

Presenting

How do you balance warmth and authority? What are the secrets to presenting breaking news? And how should you handle phone-ins? Leading BBC presenters including Fiona Bruce, Julian Worricker, Jane Hill and Paddy O’Connell share their insights

Multimedia journalism

Multimedia journalism can mean a multi-skilled reporter telling a story for TV, radio and online, or running a newsroom where journalists in different media collaborate. See how Fergus Walsh tells one story, and how BBC multimedia newsrooms operate

Interviewing

Interviewing is essential to broadcast journalism. Watch Jeremy Paxman, Sarah Montague and Victoria Derbyshire, among others, offer advice on techniques for different scenarios, preparing an interview, follow-up questions and conducting an interview at short notice