Digital publishing has revolutionised the ways journalists can cover stories and reach audiences. But these new horizons require new skills to navigate. Join the Guardian's digital heavyweights for an instant apprenticeship in every aspect of digital journalism. Over four evenings, you'll explore subjects from developing a website to live-blogging fast-moving events, and from building social media communities to producing multimedia content.
An enviable braintrust of tutors includes Andrew Sparrow (senior political correspondent), Adam Boult (community coordinator), Mona Chalabi (data team reporter), Lee Simpson (senior UX architect), Jon Henley (senior Guardian features writer), Matt Andrews (lead client-side web developer) and more. Whether your focus is on hard news, culture or sport, this is an exciting opportunity to discover unprecedented new opportunities.
A series of weekly talks over four consecutive evenings, this course builds up a complete picture of how digital journalism works, how to operate within it, and how the medium is likely to develop. Attendees will get practical advice on digital best practice, learn new skills and gain the confidence to pursue your own projects.
Here are just some of the topics the course will cover:
• How websites work, including industry-standard languages and capabilities
• Live-blogging fast-moving events
• User experience and presenting news online
• Building and sustaining digital communities
• Using social media to share stories and promote content
• Working with developers to create websites and new story formats
• Filming, editing and sharing video content
• Data journalism - how to interpret spreadsheets to find fresh stories
• How to find, film and pitch video stories
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This course is ideal for anybody interested in breaking into the industry or launching their own digital journalism project - as well as journalists from a print background looking to develop digital skills.
Lee Simpson is a Senior User Experience Architect at The Guardian, working on Digital CMS and interactive projects. For the past 9 years he has worked with start-ups, agencies and organisations as a developer, interface designer and experience architect. He has helped develop products and strategies in the fields of emerging technology, broadcasting and publishing, working with clients such as ITV, Channel 4, TalkTalk, EE and NHS. He has been a guest lecturer at both Hyper Island and Newcastle College and is a mentor on both the Ignite100 and SearchCamp start-up accelerator programs.
Jon Henley is a senior Guardian feature writer and former foreign correspondent who has reported from the paper from western and eastern Europe, Scandinavia, the Baltic states, Afghanistan, west Africa and south America. He was the paper's Paris correspondent for nearly 10 years. His work has been shortlisted for several awards including Feature Writer of the Year and Best Digital Innovation.
Mona Chalabi is a researcher and reporter for the Guardian's data team. She is used to analysing very diverse datasets, having previously worked at the Bank of England, the Economist Intelligence Unit, Transparency International and a UN permanent observer. She has also exhibited 'Photographs by Numbers' – works which take spreadsheets and convey them in digitally altered photographs.
Matt Andrews is a client-side web developer at the Guardian where he's worked for over three years. He's worked on the Guardian's digital products as varied as the Facebook app, the responsive mobile website and, currently, the new digital CMS. Matt enjoys writing, speaking, music and cycling. You can follow his tweets about web development and craft beer at @mattpointblank, or read his blog here.
Andrew Sparrow writes the Guardian's daily Politics live blog. He is credited with being one of the pioneers of live blogging and he become the first digital journalist to get a mainstream award at the British Press Awards when he won political journalist of the year for his live blog covering the 2010 general election. In 2012 he won mainstream media blogger of the year in the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards. He trained as a reporter on the South Wales Echo and has been a lobby correspondent at Westminster since 1994, working for Thomson Regional Newspapers, the Western Mail, the Daily Mail, and the Daily Telegraph, before joining the Guardian in 2008. He has also written a book, Obscure Scribblers, a History of Parliamentary Journalism.
Adam Boult is community coordinator at the Guardian, with responsibility for all social media activities and online engagement around the paper's film and music coverage. Prior to joining the Guardian he worked for News International, and has seven years experience in online community management and moderation.
John Domokos joined the Guardian as a founder member of the video department in 2007, having worked in magazines and as a TV news producer. He has produced multi-platform reports from around the world. Stories recently covered include welfare reform, austerity Britain, and the UK riots; unrest in Egypt and football World Cup in South Africa. In 2012 he was shortlisted for Editorial Individual of the Year by the Association of Online Publishers and has had Guardian work shown on BBC Newsnight and BBC Panorama. You can follow him on Twitter: @johndomokos
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Alan Rutter is a journalist and digital media consultant. For the past eighteen months he has worked with Condé Nast to oversee the UK iPad edition launches of WIRED, GQ, Vanity Fair and Vogue. He has previously worked as an editor and journalist at Time Out, as Online Editor and Deputy Editor of the magazine, and as an editor and writer for the Telegraph, Men's Health, Jack and Maxim.
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