Advice for journalists

February 20, 2013

Coding & data journalism resources for journalists

Here are several free resources that could be useful for journalists interested in online media.

November 24, 2010

Report don’t dispatch

Rule number one for journalists starting a blog in a foreign land, pick the blog’s name carefully. Meskel Square = clever, good, local. South by South West = geographic, but not specific, nice. Noodlepie = genius. I’ve just picked a new name for a new website I’m planning. The name’s bloody brilliant. How did I […]

June 30, 2009

Get back alive

Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times has "been around the block a few times" and is offering advice to would be foreign correspondents on how to report on a global crisis for YouTube’s Reporters Center. The centre aims to give advice to newbies and non-journalists, The YouTube Reporters’ Center is a new resource to […]

January 15, 2009

CNN vs. Joe the War Correspondent

I said I wouldn’t say anything more about Joe the War Correspondent. And I won’t. But, CNN’s Rick Sanchez does have something to say to the war correspondent who thinks “media should be abolished from reporting”.

December 3, 2008

Thinking of going to Somalia?

Well if you are, Rob has some sage advice… and be sure to read the comments. Frontline bloggers David and Alex both blogged from Somalia earlier this year. I hope they don’t go back for a while. Not sure my nerves could take it.

November 18, 2008

Peshawar off limits to foreign correspondents

Sami Yousafzai has reported from the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001. However, he says he’s never been in more danger. The Afghan journalist, who was attacked along with a Japanese journalist last week, spoke about safety from his hospital bed this week, “I think divine intervention saved me. The gunman […]

August 30, 2008

How to work in Somalia

Kabir Dhanji is a Kenya-born freelance photojournalist. He’s worked in Somalia, Sudan, Uganda and Congo. He talks with Bundaberg News Mail about the particular dangers and precautions needed when working as a journalist in Somalia, “Somalia is quite unique in its dangers,” he said. “You have to be particularly well-versed in the ways of Africa, […]

August 27, 2008

Freelancing on the frontline

[video:youtube:WGTKFqcyfk0] Vaughan Smith, Frontline Club founder, talks to Press TV Iran about the dangers of freelancing on the frontline in the light of the recent kidnapping of Amanda Lindhout, Nigel Brennan, their Somali driver and two Somali guards. Vaughan makes the point that most journalists who are kidnapped or killed are from the countries they […]

August 8, 2008

Top tips for reporting from Sudan

Heading to Sudan? Ever wondered what to look out for? Rob has the lowdown with his top tips for working in the African nation. I particularly liked number five, Don’t bear an uncanny resemblance to the previous BBC stringer who got kicked out. link

May 15, 2008

Becoming a news photographer

Reuters David Viggars discusses why he decided to become a news photographer on the Reuters blog, [The images of the Chinese earthquake] remind me what has always been so compelling about my job – the ease and speed with which still pictures can impart so much readily understood information to so many people. link

March 3, 2008

Want to be a foreign correspondent? Get a partner with a good job

According to Poynter blogger Fons Tuinstra the only reason many foreign correspondents survive is because their partner has a decent job. Fons talks about the state of Dutch foreign correspondents in the light of a recent report in De Journalist (in Dutch) – a magazine for the NVJ union for journalists – or translated into […]