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Here is the latest journalism news from this week:

Healthcare reporting: how to investigate the NHS

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For journalists, health stories represent a potential treasure trove of public interest and human stories waiting to be untapped, investigated and published.

But there are correct ways to go about health reporting and some very damaging, common errors too. Here are some of the best tips. Read more

How podcasts can help local newsrooms connect with their communities

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Around 340,000 souls live in the small French department of Yonne, situated some 60 miles southeast of Paris. With more than half of the inhabitants involved in agriculture, Yonne is one of the poorest and most rural French departments.

One journalist went on an unlikely mission to connect the local newspaper, L’Yonne Republicaine, to the community through audio storytelling, creating a a small-scale, local podcast. How can other community reporters follow suit? Read more

A journalist's guide to open-source tools

Journalists are always looking for handy shortcuts to make the workflow of news production that little bit swifter, whether that is gathering story leads, verifying information or writing up your article.

Matt Cooke, head of partnerships and training, Google, explained that there are many open-source tools at journalists' fingertips to help out. Here are some select picks to weave into your workflow. Read more

UK universities fund industry networking to help journalism students fight impostor syndrome

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UK university course leaders came together this week at the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) summer conference to discuss how they can best bridge the gap between student journalism and the news industry.

With unpaid placements being the biggest barrier, two schools shared how bringing students along to network at international journalism events and conferences has been an effective solution. Read more

How to launch your own podcast on a shoestring budget

Podcasts are all the rage at the moment and for a good reason - they are easy to listen to, more intimate than a radio show and you can connect with a community of listeners like never before.

However, podcasting requires some basic equipment and skills. From buying a decent microphone to choosing an editing software, creating a new podcast may be more difficult - and costly - than it first seems. Here is all you need to know. Listen here

Key takeaways from Asia's first mobile journalism conference

Christoph Grabitz, director of media programme Asia, KAS, reflected on last week's Mojo Conference Asia 2019, the first of its kind in the region.

Speaking on the ground from Bangkok, Thailand, he explained what the possibilities of mobile journalism mean for news organisations and journalists in highly censored parts of the world. Watch now

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