Tomorrow night sees the awesome Kathy Sheridan, Shane Hegarty and Nadine O’Regan taking to the, eh, stage, of Dancing About Architecture: Journalism 101 under the heading Feature Writing and Commissioning. Really looking forward to this one, hopefully there will be loads of decent, practical advice on improving your feature writing and how to get it published.
Once again, thanks to the trio above for giving up their time for free to talk to you guys.
Last week’s talk New-New Journalism was pretty enlightening, I think you’ll all agree. It was great to hear some behind the scenes stuff about how Storyful works, what TheJournal does and how Nialler9 has built a personal brand. And also, as ever, it throws up even more questions about the changing organisational structure and face of journalism. One thing that stuck in my head was both Susan and Markham agreeing on the fact that before you can be a good ‘new’ journalist, you need to be a good ‘old’ one, so while mining massive amounts of data, coding, and being a social media whizz are still very desirable skills, you also need to know your subbing, spelling, grammar and stories to have a decent foundation in order to make it in journalism, in whatever format, medium, or outlet you choose.
Feel free to add in the comments section what you guys think of what has been discussed over the past two weeks, and whether you’ve gathered any information you feel to be particularly valuable from Critic School and New New Journalism.
I’ll see you guys Tuesday evening, same time, same place.
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