Blog posts by year and month August 2010

Posts (27)

  1. Here's a massive story. It's as big as global warming; it'll affect all of us in our lifetime; and unless we do something about it whole branches will be torn from the tree of life. The name of this story? Biodiversity. And that's where things come unstuck in commissioning meetings, because edi...

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  2. Avoid embarrassment: The word, that is. And any derivative such as 'embarrassing' or 'embarrass'. It's one of those words that doesn't mean the same to a (lazy) journalist as it does to the rest of the world. To real people, embarrassment is farting loudly in a quiet concert hall. It...

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  3. In the first CoJo News Debrief, BBC political editor Nick Robinson talks politics, blogging and Top Gear. On what was probably the longest Election Night in television history, Nick spoke about his gratitude to fellow political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg, who encouraged him to 'hang' on in...

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  4. What are the chances of getting a piece of unadulterated PR into the news at this time of year? Probably quite high - and the public relations people know it. The pace of domestic news traditionally slows down in August; it was first called the 'silly season' because daft stories stood a chanc...

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  5. Words matter: What they mean and how they're used. Of course, English - like every other language - changes. New words come in, old ones change their meaning; usages change; syntax changes. Also, our media have opened up more than ever before the many different language registers that ...

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  6. Think 'new': Journalism is about what's new - the clue is in the word 'news'. That means always thinking about how you can approach a story in a new way; what you collect and how you collect it; how you write it, edit it, illustrate it. And that means all the time - even when you feel like...

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  7. Be positive: Chasing down the best people to interview is an important skill in broadcast journalism - whether they're players, eyewitnesses or experts. It can mean a lot of phone calls and dead ends. It's vital that you stay positive - believing that you will get that interview. If you do...

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