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For those starting off in a career in journalism including what makes news, how to write a story, interviewing tips, and fact-checking.

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Interview tips for video journalists

How to film a great interview The following is a list of tips adapted from a training module shared with this site by journalist and media trainer, Don Ray, on how to enhance the quality...
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20 interviewing tips for journalists

A journalist needs to be well-prepared when planning an interview. However, after all your research, try to keep the interview to three questions in order to avoid over-complication and confusion.
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What editors look for when hiring journalists

What's the best preparation for a career in journalism? Media Helping Media asked some experts in the field what they are looking for when hiring staff.
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Parliamentary reporting tips for beginners

To cover parliament, a journalist needs to know local laws, understand parliamentary procedure, know about the politicians and the political parties involved, and have a solid knowledge of history.
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Applying the public interest test to journalism

Journalists should always apply the public interest test before deciding whether to cover a story. For most issues it's fairly clear but for some it's complicated, particularly where privacy and power are concerned.
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Journalists and bloggers – stop stealing pictures

Copying images from the web and using them to illustrate news articles without permission is a global problem. Some think it's okay to use images without permission; it isn't and there's a better way.
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For journalists, clarity is as important as accuracy

These are a few thoughts (some of them taken from The Economist’s style guide and those of other respected newspapers) for journalists writing and editing copy in English.
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Language and style – translation

In this module from The News Manual we look at the issue of reporting and writing across different languages, some of the challenges of translation and some of the main dangers to look out for.
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What is a journalist?

Another training module from The News Manual. Here we will discuss: who journalists are and what they do; why people become journalists; and what qualities you need to be a good journalist.
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10 tips for spotting a news story

What are the telltale signs that distinguish fact from fiction? How do you know when you are on the right track? The following are some tips for helping you ensure that you spot real news stories.