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BBC Journalism College embraces e-learning and it’s all free (for now)


The BBC Journalism Training College is set to launch a new site, boosting the amount of journalism training material it makes available for free online.

According to an article in Press Gazette and blogged at The Editors Weblog yesterday: "The site launches with 500 pages and over 40 video clips with both
practical exercises, how-to guides helping journalists of all levels to
improve their skills, and theoretical discussions on the practice of
journalism aimed to stimulate debate."

It adds:  "The BBC says the greatest amount of interest in the site is coming from
outside the UK and the site could be of use to journalism schools as
well."

The project is being headed by Kevin Marsh (pictured at NewsWatch 06 /  Bournemouth Uni)

Here are a few old links on the BBC Training site that may prove useful for journalism students. I didn’t find this amazingly exciting…. hopefully they’ll add some better material soon.

1) Interviewing for radio – 4 modules – a useful free interactive how-to guide.
2) BBC News Style Guide – 92 page guide in PDF format. It covers everything you would expect – reporting speech, jargon, troublesome words etc. There is also an interesting discussion in the forum about BBC Style and  you can find links to other style guides from newspapers such as The Times and The Guardian
3) Interviews with journalists – like this one by Danny O’Brian about online journalism.

CoolEdit Pro users will find a lot of free training at the BBC site.

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