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Why the journalism MA is still important graduates, degree, postgrad, university, Gina Clarke, Kettle Mag
The Master of Arts degree in journalism should be sacrosanct in the industry, and certainly regarded as a prestigious award. It takes a year of studying the insides of a field which constantly moves the goal posts, especially in recent years. No longer is a journalist a hack, trench coat and pen and paper at the...
Why an NCTJ programme is a better career move NCTJ programme, studying, journalism career, Cydney Yeates, Kettle Mag
Recently, I completed the 17-week news reporting NCTJ at Press Association Training in London. Towards the end of my undergrad degree in English and Communications at the University of Liverpool, I was considering whether to pursue a masters in journalism or go on a fast-tracked news reporting programme. I had a friend who had just...
Political journalism in the digital age Westminster, political journalism, Academy, Julia Rampen, Kettle Mag
If you ask political journalists about their favourite comic characters, it won’t be long before someone mentions Malcolm Tucker, the foul-mouthed spin doctor played by Peter Capaldi in The Thick of It. Tucker, who gave us the word “omnishambles”, is in turn believed to be inspired by Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s director of communications. In...
How one assignment can change everything military, troops, Afghanistan, journalism, Liz Perkins, Kettle Mag
Afghanistan was an assignment I never thought would land on my desk. But one phone call on a July day in 2008 from the Ministry of Defence changed all that and the course of my career. Back then I was the health reporter from the South Wales Evening Post and the MoD wanted reporters covering...
US election coverage: A tap away United States, elections, journalism, coverage, Laura Davis, Kettle Mag
There’s so much news coming at you nowadays from so many different directions that it can surely feel impossible to keep up. And if you want to quickly check in on the latest on the US presidential election, good luck getting past near-constant Donald Trump talk on America’s cable networks. Fortunately there are many other...
Transitioning to freelance journalism typing, freelance, journalism, career, Ellen Manning, Kettle Mag
I spent more than 12 years working as a staff reporter at a range of publications - from my local weekly paper to becoming the chief reporter at the Press Association. I had opportunities and experiences that saw me kicking myself to check I wasn’t dreaming - travelling to warzones with soldiers, interviewing royalty, covering...
The role of relationships in a social media age Jobs, relationships, interviews, careers, Sara Robinson, Kettle Mag
Social media has made it easier than ever to build a personal and professional network. At the click of a button, it’s possible to connect with potential employers and build a bulging virtual rolodex without leaving your sofa. For students and graduates seeking to impress or get noticed as you prepare to enter the job...
The role of the web in a media career LinkedIn, career, media, Alexandra Waring, Kettle Mag
Have you just graduated from uni with a 2:1 and LOVE writing? We want YOU to write for our award winning publication. Send us your CV and we'll set up an interview!! ... said no job ad anywhere. Welcome to job hunting 101: the stuff that university will categorically NEVER teach you (not only because...
The importance of being an ethical journalist news, journalism, media, ethics, Andrew Seaman, Kettle Mag
A plumber who uses cheap materials may cause a flood. A taxi driver who speeds may cause a crash. A surgeon who doesn’t wash their hands may cause an infection. Likewise, a journalist who cuts corners may cause trouble or even harm. Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, the press in the US was...
How to build your brand in the digital age social media, brand, careers, digital age, Brenda Wong, Kettle Mag
"Building your personal brand." At best the idea is daunting. At worst, the entire concept might make you cringe. As much as I hate to be the bearer of bad news, it is my steadfast duty to stress that your personal brand is more important than ever. We live in an increasingly competitive jobs market,...
How you can be an engaging radio presenter radio, presenting, personality, media, Kate Cocker, Kettle Mag
The “art” of radio is communicating content in a way that is so engaging for your audience they don’t want to turn off – personal, creative, authentic. The “business” of radio is to engage and grow your audience so your sales team can sell advertising (and it doesn’t take a genius to understand that your...
The rights and wrongs of publishing images photos, images, rights, copyright, publishing, Duncan Bloy, Kettle Mag
What exactly is meant by ‘image rights?’ In the United States personality rights are recognised seeking to ensure that the ‘owner’ of his or her image will be the first to benefit from its commercial use. If that right is infringed then the remedy would be through the transgressor paying compensation or a court granting...