When journalism gets stressful

If everyone suffers from information overload these days, spare a thought for the stressed journalists who filter that information for you…

When a South African woman stood trial in New Zealand for killing her three young children, I did not read any of the reports about it. I could not avoid seeing the headlines, but I could choose not to click on any of them. I just couldn’t see how dipping my mind into that awfulness did anybody any good.

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A Beginner’s Guide for Journalists: Taking Notes

Taking notes is one of journalism’s most obvious and yet most under-rated skills. Here are some tips to making the most of that interview…

 My grandmother was a Pitman’s shorthand teacher. Both my mother and her sister could do Pitman’s at the drop of a hat. I tried to learn it (and still have my grandmother’s precious textbooks) but somehow it never took hold.

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How to find a free picture

If you run a blog, or do social media posting for yourself or for your company, you are often going to need a picture (or pictures) to illustrate your work.

If you are lucky, you may have access to images from your organisation’s photographers, or to an agency service.

But if you are not in a big organisation, you will need to find your picture somewhere else. Continue reading