BBC Academy launches new website

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The BBC Academy has officially launched its new website, designed to offer training and advice to journalists and programme makers throughout the wider industry.

Free to use, the site is aimed at those outside the BBC hoping for media careers as much as at professionals keen to learn new skills or seek out best practice.

It will offer advice on anything from reporting with smart phones to self-shooting drama, alongside tips on writing sitcoms to becoming a radio presenter.

There are contributions from the likes of John Simpson, Kate Humble, Fiona Bruce and Crimewatch editor Joe Mather, as well as case studies on producing The Now Show and keeping tabs on audio levels at the BBC Proms.

The site - accessible via mobile, tablet and PC - incorporates the Colleges of Journalism, Production and Leadership, as well as the new College of Technology. The latter aims to share best practice in broadcast technology, software engineering, product management, and user experience and design.

"Nowhere else will you find this level of experience and expertise on display, free for everyone to use," said Anne Morrison, BBC Academy director.

"Whether you're an aspiring journalism trainee or a veteran comedy producer who wants to know about a different area of production, there is something of real interest for you here."

Where to start

The site will also stream or provide recordings of BBC Academy events, such as the Working in Hostile Environments event that will take place on 21 November.

Specialist help is also available - particularly in relation to the College of Journalism's 27 foreign language sites. They will share BBC journalistic best practice with those working in, for example, Hausa, Chinese, Arabic, Persian and Russian.

And for those keen to begin careers in media, the Trainee and Apprenticeship Schemes pages will give details of all the BBC's training programmes.

The BBC Academy has a remit under the BBC Charter to train the broader industry as well as develop internal staff.

"Training is one of the key reasons that people come to the BBC and it's a key reason they stay," said Morrison. "We also play a distinctive and necessary role in training the industry."

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