Journalism is a competitive field, and a tough job to break into, but the explosion in online content means there's still plenty of work for journalists with the right skills and the confidence to keep pitching.
This primer boils down journalism's new essentials into a jam-packed day which could give your career a serious boost. You'll overhaul your interviewing skills, learn what editors want and how to pitch to them, and get an innovative look at how digital advances and open journalism have changed the nature of what an article can be.
A panel of senior Guardian journalists provide a no-nonsense guide to the skills you'll need to get ahead, and provide opportunities for further learning. Featuring talks from interviewer extraordinaire Decca Aitkenhead, executive editor Merope Mills, reporter Shiv Malik and writer Eddy Lawrence it's an event budding journalists can't afford to miss.
he day takes the form of a series of talks from some of the Guardian's most senior editors and contributors, each covering an area of individual expertise, to give attendees a rounded picture of how to operate in 21st century publishing. The confirmed line-up includes:
- Merope Mills on the role of the editor, what editors look for in features – and writers – and what makes an enticing pitch
- Decca Aitkenhead on essential interviewing skills, interview etiquette, what to ask and when, and how to deal with difficult interviewees
- Shiv Malik on how the open journalism revolution is transforming how the news is reported – and how journalists can take advantage of its new opportunities
- Eddy Lawrence on how to devise unique, attention-grabbing angles and formats to set your work apart from the competition
This course is for you if…
- You're starting out as a journalist or blogger and want a grounding in the skills and tools you need to prepare yourself to write and pitch
- You currently run or write for a blog covering news or culture and want to produce more polished, professional content
- You're considering moving into journalism and want a better understanding of what the job entails, and how it's done
- You're a working journalist and want an overview of best practice and editorial priorities from major industry figures
Shiv Malik is an investigative journalist and the co-author of Jilted Generation: How Britain Has Bankrupted Its Youth. Shiv started his career after winning a bursary from the Guardian's Scott Trust and went on to write for the New Statesman, Sunday Times and the Independent on Sunday among others. He is also co-founder of Intergenerational Foundation, which seeks to find solutions to economic imbalances between those of different age groups in society.
Merope Mills is the Guardian's Executive Editor (Multimedia) and winner of the 2013 BSME Editor Of The Year award. She was previously editor of Guardian Weekend magazine, buefore moving on to edit the Saturday edition of the Guardian, which she will continue to oversee until the new year.
Decca Aitkenhead writes the Guardian's Saturday interview. She began her career at the Independent, before joining the Guardian as a columnist in 1997, but left in 2000 to write a book about going round the world trying to find the perfect Ecstasy pill, which was less fun that it sounds, so she returned to the Guardian as a features writer, and became an interviewer in 2008. Gordon Brown's spin doctor used to advise politicians, "Thou shalt under no circumstances do an interview with Decca Aitkenhead". She thinks he was wrong about that, but some interviewees would probably agree.
Eddy Lawrence has over 20 years experience as writer and editor for publications including The Face, Select, Melody Maker and Jack, and even some which are still going, such as Q, NME, Shortlist and the Guardian. He has also worked on the Glastonbury festival daily paper, and taught journalism as part of Time Out Trashed outreach project during his six years as Music Editor for Time Out.
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