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GCSEs and A Levels: An unfair examination of ambition

As media outlets donated more time to school achievers in the annual reporting of GCSE and A Level results, I thought I would reassure those teenagers that feel forgotten at this time of year. Away from the cheering blondes on … Continue reading

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Creating a CV – avoiding cliches

There was a recent study of CVs that highlighted the most used words by candidates. It underlined a key thing I emphasise to clients; as a journalist you are encouraged to avoid cliche, so why not do the same in … Continue reading

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Quality Not Quantity, It’s Not Always Best For Radio

When considering awards for radio programmes, judges are often looking for great content; something dynamic, engaging, different, magical. But also they are looking for how that content was recorded. One of the key things looked at in a news or … Continue reading

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Why Journalism Should Reclaim ‘Fake News’ From Donald Trump

This month saw the very origins of fake news; April Fools’ Day. Newspapers, radio and some TV love a good April fool. Making up a story that is so ridiculous some believe it, before a face palm moment after a … Continue reading

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Knowing your sport – it’s not just a hobby for a newsreader

Reading a very insightful blog about radio news recently there was a reference to sport coverage and that the writer would treat this separately. It’s not unusual to have different rules or advice for covering sport and what we deem … Continue reading

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Classy radio that is continually underrated

In radio training a key acronym that I was taught and is still as pertinent two decades later is KISS; keep it simple stupid (or similar versions). The premise is obvious but often the best and most magical moments of … Continue reading

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Why changing local BBC’s audience targeting might be a mistake

  When Tony Hall spoke to staff at BBC local radio recently outlining how the Corporation will change its focus for the stations, there were some encouraging thoughts. Value seemed to be attributed to the network despite previous indications the … Continue reading

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S-Town – An emotional rollercoaster; radio at its very best

At the end of the final episode of S-Town, presenter Brian Reed thanks what he calls ‘the best podcast team in the world’. Over statement? Probably not. From the makers of Serial, S-Town is a superb piece of radio storytelling … Continue reading

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Bruce Forsyth – nice to lead with, to lead with nice

As a radio journalist I have witnessed and taken part in some furious debates over the years about what to lead a bulletin with. However, there is often more than one right answer. I often tell students that there can … Continue reading

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Mentoring. How a session works and how it could help you

When people ask me about the ‘Media Mentor’ and the idea behind it, one of the first things they want to establish is how it works. Put simply, mentoring is about supporting you achieve your goals or make significant progress … Continue reading

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