Tips for journalists

Six tips to improve the audio quality of your podcast

From using noise gates to music beds, a former BBC Studios producer shares his six shortcuts to expert sound design

Posted by Daniel Green on 29/03/23

12 essential self-taught journalism skills

No journalism course is all-encompassing and there will always be new things to learn, so here are some skills to consider picking up in your free time

Posted by Chris Sutcliffe and Catalina Albeanu on 30/11/22

Tip: Five steps to making your workplace Gen Z friendly

Hire and retain talent from a generation with different expectations at work

Posted by Jacob Granger on 14/09/22

Tip: Kickstarting a mobile journalism strategy

The team behind Seen, formerly Hashtag Our Stories, share strategies on creating content with mobile audiences in mind

Posted by Jacob Granger on 13/09/22

Tip: Bolster your elections coverage with voting guides

Help your readers to know exactly who and what they are voting for

Posted by Jacob Granger on 12/09/22

Tip: Top skills (and people) needed in the modern newsroom

As our workplace and industry evolve, our hiring and training practices must evolve with it

Posted by Jacob Granger on 01/09/22

Tip: Attract young(er) news audiences

Learn the best strategies around content creation, storytelling and production values to appeal to a younger crowd

Posted by Jacob Granger on 26/08/22

Tip: Inside The Economist's Instagram growth strategy

Head of social media, Liv Moloney, reveals how the news organisation has garnered nearly 6m followers

Posted by Jacob Granger on 24/08/22

Tip: Lessons from the Guardian's membership model

Simon Owens reflects on how the news publisher has encouraged 1m people to have recurring digital subscriptions without using a paywall

Posted by Jacob Granger on 23/08/22

Tip: Ensure staff are taking days off work (and not checking emails)

Everyone needs sufficient time off to reset and recharge. Make sure you have a work culture that allows this to happen

Posted by Jacob Granger on 22/08/22

How can journalists report responsibly on the cost of living crisis?

Journalists have a responsibility to cover economic hardship in a way that is representative, ethical and constructive - find out how

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 17/08/22

Tip: Embed solutions journalism into your newsroom

It is easier than you think to tweak your coverage to include a look at what can be done about the issues you are covering

Posted by Jacob Granger on 17/08/22

30 Medium publications about journalism to follow

Does your Medium daily digest need a boost? Check out these writers and publications tackling the challenges in the media industry

Posted by Catalina Albeanu and Jacob Granger on 16/08/22

Tip: Schedule breaks to manage your time effectively

To work at your best, you need to pencil in downtime. That is easier said than done for those with a busy and unpredictable workload

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 10/08/22

Tip: Discover eight new(ish) social media platforms

Have you heard of Locket, Supernova or Sunroom?

Posted by Jacob Granger on 09/08/22

The do's and don'ts of reporting on death and grief

Press regulator IMPRESS explains some key guidelines journalists should follow to avoid intrusion into grief

Posted by IMPRESS on 08/08/22

Tip: Reporting on crime? Make sure your coverage reflects your values

Trusting News recommends rethinking how the crime beat should be covered, to ensure your reporting leaves communities empowered and informed

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 01/08/22

Tip: Master the art of the summary to reach a wider audience

Summaries are slightly different from headlines or standfirsts - but they are a format to practice if you want your content to reach the right people

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 01/08/22

Tip: Target student readers to support audience growth

Subscribers acquired at a younger age offer news organisations greater lifetime value, so use these tips from The Wall Street Journal to gain loyalty among student readers

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 01/08/22

Tip: Sell news subscriptions without going through Apple

Nieman Lab founder Joshua Benton shares advice for news publishers on how to avoid giving up 30 per cent of subscription revenue to Apple

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 27/07/22

Tip: A guide to documenting international crime

These guidelines for journalists and editors walk through the process of capturing information about international crimes so that it may be admitted as evidence in court

Posted by Jacob Granger on 26/07/22

How to ace public speaking and live performance

Neurobiology, psychology skills and attitude: Overcoming nerves is not purely about mindset

Posted by Olivia James on 25/07/22

Tip: NCTJ's guide for providing work experience and internships

Use this set of industry guidelines to put fairer policies in place, allowing a greater diversity of talent to hone their skills in your newsroom

Posted by Jacob Granger on 25/07/22

Tip: Use "stay interviews" to retain talent

When employers talk openly with staff looking to leave the company, at best they may convince them to stay, regardless they learn how to improve their workplace

Posted by Jacob Granger on 14/07/22

Tip: Supercharge your audience growth

Want more readers? Use all the tools at your disposal by digging through your content archives

Posted by Jacob Granger on 12/07/22

Tip: Tools for creating audio articles

Text-to-speech technology allows more people to access your best pieces

Posted by Jacob Granger on 11/07/22

Tip: Finding time to be a mentor

Learn how to be smarter with your schedule and sign-up process

Posted by Jacob Granger on 08/07/22

Tip: Support disabled journalists in your newsroom

Make your workplace welcoming and flexible for staff with different needs

Posted by Jacob Granger on 07/07/22

Tip: Business tools for small newsrooms

Make sure your tech stack covers all the essentials without paying a fortune

Posted by Jacob Granger on 06/07/22

Tip: Avoid oversimplified terms to label countries and people

As journalists, we all know the power of words. So think twice about your choice of terminology when describing countries, regions and their people

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 04/07/22

Tip: Prepare and empower interviewees

Do you interview people who may not have spoken to a journalist before? Briefing them ahead of time can settle nerves and manage expectations

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 04/07/22

Tip: Lessons in leading a media startup

Tobi Ordein, co-founder of Black Ballad, shares tips on work culture, vision and leadership - some of the hardest things to get right in any company

Posted by Jacob Granger on 01/07/22

Tip: A style guide for trans coverage

Reporting well on trans communities requires nuance and care, and this guide by The Trans Journalists Association provides a starting point

Posted by Jacob Granger on 30/06/22

Tip: Dealing with a toxic boss

Is it possible to salvage an unhealthy relationship with an editor? Yes, but you must also be prepared to walk away from the job

Posted by Jacob Granger on 28/06/22

Tip: Keep burnout at bay within your organisation

Create a workplace where staff do not become overloaded with stress and fatigue

Posted by Jacob Granger on 23/06/22

Tip: Incorporate YouTube Shorts into your social video strategy

The short-form video format could be your secret power play to cranking up views on the platform

Posted by Jacob Granger on 21/06/22

Tip: Get inspired to do Instagram Reels

Avoid sticking out like a sore thumb on social media. Use these examples as a fast hack to fit in with the crowd

Posted by Jacob Granger on 16/06/22

Tip: Start a podcast on your own for free

You do not have to break the bank to get a professional-sounding podcast. Use this essentials list of equipment and software to get started today

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 15/06/22

Tip: Take climate change storytelling up a notch

Change the narrative around a global issue by focusing on inspirational or practical local solutions stories

Posted by Jacob Granger on 14/06/22

Tip: Working with vulnerable sources for investigative reporting

Gain the trust of people who have difficult and personal stories to share with the world

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 13/06/22

Tip: Pitch a story, not an idea, when reporting on development topics

Focus on specific case studies and characters when writing a development story

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 07/06/22

Tip: Create a solutions journalism podcast

Opt for the audio medium when covering responses to societal problems

Posted by Jacob Granger on 06/06/22

Tip: How to write your first book as a journalist

First-time author and TikTok sensation Sophia Smith Galer shares first-hand advice on making your book idea a reality

Posted by Jacob Granger on 01/06/22

Tip: Keep your voice authentic to appeal to younger readers

Speakers at's Newsrewired conference traded tips on producing content that grabs the attention and trust of Gen Z. One core message stood out: loosen up and be yourself

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 31/05/22

Tip: Managing doomscrolling

Kick the unhealthy habit of searching endlessly for negative news and updates. Instead, limit your intake of it

Posted by Jacob Granger on 19/05/22

Tip: An email template to ask readers for their support on World Press Freedom Day

On a day reminding us of the importance of democracy and independent journalism, take this chance to thank readers for their crucial support and to commit once again

Posted by Jacob Granger on 29/04/22

Tip: An A-Z of online community terms

Know your AMAs from your KPIs

Posted by Jacob Granger on 28/04/22

Tip: A guide to secure communications using Signal

Discover all the ins and outs of the encrypted messaging platform which has become a safe place for journalists to talk to sources

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 27/04/22

Tip: The five best ways to use Instagram Stories as a journalist

Do not miss an easy chance to connect with your audience and increase eyeballs on your content

Posted by Catherine Edwards on 25/04/22

Tip: Integrate a feedback culture in your newsroom

Foster innovation and solutions for your news organisation by allowing team members to pitch in with ideas

Posted by Jacob Granger on 22/04/22

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