Cathy Loughran

is an editor of the BBC Academy blog

Blog posts in total 29

Posts

  1. At the latest BBC Data Day speakers discussed the creative opportunities - immediately clear or otherwise - that are exciting journalists, programme-makers and technologists in 2016.

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  2. 2016 will see more ad blocking, a faster mobile web, the primacy of audience ‘engagement’ over clicks and messaging apps like Slack going mainstream at work.

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  3. The latest grim figures from UNESCO, showing 700 reporters killed in the last decade, were the backdrop to a Westminster debate to mark International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.

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  4. A panel of experts discussed what skills and qualifications are needed by someone starting a career in journalism. The answers were many and varied, including all the traditional skills and plenty of new ones too.

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  5. In the insatiable seasonal tradition of summer picks (best beach reads, must-see Edinburgh stand-ups), I’d like to recommend some highlights from the recent Polis Summer School talks.

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  6. Sky News’s special correspondent Alex Crawford has just received the Charles Wheeler award for outstanding contribution to broadcast journalism. We ask her about the risks and rewards of the job.

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  7. Major stories like ebola, the rise of the Islamic State or the migrants’ crisis, are not just about distant countries, says Lyse Doucet, they also involve our own societies.

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  8. The case for increased religious ‘literacy’ among predominantly secular journalists was up for discussion at a feisty Media Society/Sandford St Martin Trust debate.

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  9. In the second instalment of this blog, broadcasters and investigative journalists explain why they got into journalism and whether they would make the same career choice today.

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  10. When he advised budding journalists to take a different career path, Felix Salmon unleashed a backlash among journalism champions. Here is what some established practitioners had to say.

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  11. It’s already been dubbed the ‘hashtag election’ and #GE2015 presents huge challenges for journalists trying to make sense of the social media noise.

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  12. The latest BBC Academy ‘Data Day’ for regional journalists was designed to help reporters use data journalism to break stories and hold the powerful to account.

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  13. Coverage of the Paris attacks called for a succession of fine judgements from the BBC News social media team. Assistant editor, social news Mark Frankel describes the particular challenges and lessons learned.

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  14. More than 540 journalists have been killed since 2007, with less than one in 10 cases resolved. Against that background, last week’s London symposium on the safety of journalists set itself the task of producing strategies to combat impunity.

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  15. Now the dust has settled on the 2014 Polis conference, I thought I would whittle out some passing gems that were shared away from the main stage at the LSE last week.

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  16. The third blog in our series on different routes into journalism is about the inspirational experience of Jamal Osman: a former asylum seeker and now award-winning Channel 4 reporter and film-maker.

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  17. There have always been journalists like VICE correspondent Tim Pool who think that the world has more to teach than the classroom.

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  18. BBC journalists were given a pre-Sochi Olympics briefing from the Russian Service's Anastasia Uspenskaya, Kyrill Dissanayake of BBC Monitoring and BBC Sports News correspondent Andy Swiss.

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  19. There is an old adage that journalists who work in glass houses do not take shortcuts with their stories. Well, maybe not, but that was the message at New Ways of Doing Journalism.

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  20. The President Hollande press conference this week was not the rough and tumble of more routine political ‘pressers’ where journalists’ tactics, positioning, alliances - even what they wear - can influence the course of events.

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