Journalism / Skills


From pieces to camera to covering disasters or reporting for local radio; from web journalism to live reporting - in this section of the BBC Academy's website watch David Shukman, Jeremy Bowen, Jon Sopel and others outline everyday core skills.

Making an obituary

When somebody famous dies, an obituary usually goes live soon after the news breaks. BBC obituaries are usually done in advance. This video explains how

Reporting for radio: Newsbeat

Some of the most powerful radio reports paint a picture with words and make the listener feel they’re there with you at the scene

Live TV reporting: Jon Sopel

A smooth, informative and engaging live report takes a lot of preparation and planning with some important judgements along the way

Making a Newsnight film: Mark Urban

Newsnight's diplomatic editor Mark Urban explains the thinking and techniques behind a longer format film shot on location in Cairo

Regional TV video journalist: South East Today

Plan ahead, thinking about the story and sequences you need before arriving at the location, advises regional video journalist Peter Whittlesea

Big numbers: Robert Peston and Mark Easton

Numbers are the language of public argument. So if you do not understand the figures can you really claim to report the news? Hear from the experts

Reporting numbers: Chance and patterns

There's always the possibility of chance and random patterns when reporting numbers and statistics. Don’t underestimate chance or what it’s capable of 

Reporting averages, percentages and data

Be careful when talking about averages and percentages. Sometimes what happens ‘on average’ matters less than what happens at the extremes

Foreign assignments: Andrew Harding

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