Monday, 28 January 2013

Where to find advice on work experience in journalism

I had a quick roam round the web looking for some tips and thoughts on getting work experience - and making the most of it - for some journalism students I've been working with.       
    There's a note of caution on spending too long working for free, written by a press gazette intern. But short periods of unpaid work experience is still invaluable for newcomers and is a great way of getting that first break.
    Here's some of the most useful-looking links I've found. They're not brand new, but the advice is still helpful and relevant:
  • The Wannabehacks site is always a useful place to start. It has list of top placements from 2011. 
  • This forum on work experience and opportunities for new journalists has some recent comments and other entries.
  • Plus there's a few tips from Alison Gow, from a couple of years ago that still look relevant.
My own tips are:

Clarify what titles mean by work experience.
Some titles have you just doing admin; some give you more meaty stuff to do.

Try the less well-known titles too. 
Try the big name newspapers, magazines and websites by all means, but they can be over-subscribed. Some of the smaller set-ups, including trade magazines and websites, can sometimes find you a space - and can often give you a great chance to get a byline.

Volunteer and be willing to help. 
It might sound obvious but always offer to help out and ask "is there anything else you'd like me to do?" rather than just twiddling your thumbs.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

UK media regulation: Some links for journalism students

Here are a few links for a discussion session on media regulation that I used for a discussion with BA Journalism students at Solent University recently.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Media Law videos on UK courts - useful for journalism students

The news that Supreme Court Judgements are now available on youtube led me to revisit the video of the UK's first ever televised sentencing.  

But it also had me thinking about some of the videos around the web that might be of use to journalism students who want to understand the basics about how the court system works. So here are a few quick links:

Criminal courts:
Civil cases:
Plus some nice old BBC newsreel-type footage on the famous Liberace libel case