Adding climate to the journalistic environment

I am one of the first cohort of journalists in the Oxford Climate Journalism Network, run by Oxford University’s Reuters Institute. This involves taking part in a series of online seminars and discussions with journalists from around the world.

Our first seminar was by the Reuters Institute’s Wolfgang Blau, former chief operating officer of Condé Nast and co-founder of the network. (He has since delivered a public lecture covering the same ground, which you can read here.) Blau pointed out how badly climate change fits with journalistic (and perhaps human attention) values: it’s not new, it’s not local, it’s not simple, it’s not usually personal, it’s a long-term process rather than a specific event and it’s hard to get an exclusive out of it. Continue reading “Adding climate to the journalistic environment”

Face-to-face freelance NUJ training is back

After two years online, my courses on working as a freelance journalist will return to the National Union of Journalists’ London headquarters this spring. It will be great to be back in the training room.

First steps in freelancing: Friday 29 April, NUJ members £60, student members £50 and non-members £110. Booking and more information here.

Winning and negotiating freelance work: Friday 13 May, NUJ members £70, student members £60 and non-members £130. Booking and more information here.

I will deliver online versions of these courses over the summer, followed by further face-to-face sessions in the autumn. The last two years of online-only training saw people joining sessions from across the UK and Ireland, as well as countries including Denmark, France and Spain. The wider access that online courses allow looks worth retaining, so the plan is to do some of both.

Join my NUJ freelancing courses in October

Both of my one-day National Union of Journalists courses designed to help freelance journalists improve their working lives are running in October.

First steps in freelancing is designed for those starting out as freelance journalists, photographers and broadcasters and covers the first things you need to know about your first commission (and getting paid for it), planning, tax, copyright, pitching and negotiating.
Online, Friday 15 October. NUJ members £40, student members £30 and non-members £110.
You can find out more and book here.

Winning and negotiating freelance work goes deeper into these two areas with role-playing exercises designed to build your confidence in asking for work and discussing terms – those attending should be prepared to take part in workshop-style exercises and to talk about money.
Online, Friday 29 October. NUJ members £50, student members £40 and non-members £130.
Further information and booking here.

Improve your freelancing with my May NUJ courses

I run two courses for the National Union of Journalists designed to help participants improve their freelance working lives:

First steps in freelancing, for those starting out as freelance journalists, runs next on Friday 7 May. It covers the first things you need to know about your first commission (and get paid for it), planning, tax, copyright, pitching and negotiating. The cost for NUJ members is £40, student members £30 and non-members £110.

Update: the next edition is on Friday 15 October. Continue reading “Improve your freelancing with my May NUJ courses”

Editing what’s on and off the graph

The government’s Halloween press conference was an obvious example to use in my article for Computer Weekly on the good, bad and ugly of data visualisation during the pandemic. Before one slide headed ‘England new SPI-M combined projection bed usage’, chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance actually said “this is a complicated slide”. No argument there (see below). Professor Chris Whitty charged through 10 slides in under seven minutes.

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