So, what does a great journalist look like in a digital newsroom?

One of the things I get asked most often – generally by university lecturers, or at least those who realise it’s good to talk to the industry into which they send hundreds of graduates every year – is this: “What do you need a good journalist to be these days?” A similar, but slightly different,Continue reading “So, what does a great journalist look like in a digital newsroom?”

The Duke of York was right: Journalism needs apprentices

It’s not often I nod along in agreement with a member of the Royal Family, largely because I’ve never spoken to a member of them. But the Duke of York, speaking at a seminar focusing on the regional press held by the Society of Editors, appeared to be on my wavelength – or me onContinue reading “The Duke of York was right: Journalism needs apprentices”

The trained journalist who has taken us a step closer to a secret state

Imagine a world where, if a teacher fled to, say France, with one of his pupils, it wouldn’t be a given that we could name him, show his picture and identify the school where he taught. A world where we’d only be able to report all those details if we could convince a magistrate itContinue reading “The trained journalist who has taken us a step closer to a secret state”

Society of Editors: The most telling statistic of all (and three ways to beat it)

Unusually for a journalism conference, the Society of Editors conference this year was light on statistics and data. In the previous years when I have attended, you couldn’t move for statistics – be it an editor celebrating a success, an academic wheeling out a study or a company promising untold success based on their product.Continue reading “Society of Editors: The most telling statistic of all (and three ways to beat it)”

Ten things I learnt at the Society of Editors Conference

So I’ve had a few days to think about the things I heard at the Society of Editors Conference in Egham, Surrey. I have two other posts to write about it, but I thought I’d rattle off a list of things which have been going through my brain: 1. The politicians that matter still believeContinue reading “Ten things I learnt at the Society of Editors Conference”

Society of Editors: Lord Patten says the BBC cares about regions, but where will it get its stories from?

  At the Society of Editors conference, Lord Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust, was at pains to be friendly to the Press. For example, he stressed that local newspaper journalism simply could not be further removed from the alleged phone-hacking activities at the News of the World. Those of us who work in theContinue reading “Society of Editors: Lord Patten says the BBC cares about regions, but where will it get its stories from?”

My “speech” to the Society of Editors conference

When is a speech not a speech? I was asked to do five minutes on my thoughts about real-time news as part of the “Covering It Live” session at the Society of Editors conference at Stansted Airport today. Is five minutes a speech or Just A Few Words? Either way, here’s what I had toContinue reading “My “speech” to the Society of Editors conference”