Journalism 101: Week 3

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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One Response to Journalism 101: Week 3

  1. doddernews says:

    Una, DaA has been hugely useful and enjoyable so far. Thanks for setting it up.

    In terms of topics that have been discussed over both weeks, it was interesting to note the extreme difference in views between the Week 1 and Week 2 panels on the subject of whether journalists (and aspiring ones) should always expect to be paid for their work.

    The Jim Carroll/Patrick Freyne school of thought was that work done deserves payment and accepting non-payment (i.e. doing it for free) was tantamount to a betrayal of yourself and every other journalist.

    The Week 2 stance was rather different. Well, the complete opposite in fact. All panelists (with Niall not quite as outspoken on it) felt that doing work for free was always and is still the best way of getting one’s foot in the door.

    No comment offered other than to say that the difference was interesting.

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