Author Archives: Projects Coordinator / Administrator

The project has received more funding from Welsh Government to take us to the end of 2018-19. Later in the year, we will hear whether we'll have an opportunity to bid for longer-term funding. The role of Project Coordinator/Administrator will be advertised in April 2018. This is a freelance, fixed-term contract and if you are interested in applying, details will be available on the website, under BLOGS

Working online? An ECHR judgement might leave you cold

ANYONE working online should be worried about a recent judgement in the European Court of Human Rights, which threatens those running reader comments. by David Banks The case is a seemingly obscure defamation action in Estonia, where a director of a ferry company sued Delfi, one of the main news sites there. Delfi had carried […]

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Expertise Exchange, JOMEC 24 October

Click here for the original post on the JOMEC website and relevant links. This month will see the School host a unique exchange event which will pair the school’s academic researchers and lecturers with leading TV practitioners. The event is a collaboration between Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC) and the Royal […]

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Risking the FOI Biscuit

By Jenny Sims ‘Please don’t ask the government how many packets of biscuits MPs get through in a year’ Maurice Frankel, Director of the Campaign for Freedom of Information (FOI) pleaded. Laughter among the dozen journalists on the NUJ Wales FOI Training Course. It’s not a state secret is it? No, but it’s the sort […]

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Networking: How to leave a good impression

By Jenny Sims We met in a smart new Cardiff hotel room for one day. Employed, self-employed, unemployed and redundant. Male and female, 22 to 50+. Print & broadcast journalists, reporters, subs, producers, PRs, media trainers, travel writers, Arts reviewers and scriptwriters. (Hope I haven’t left anyone out)! If some of us were strangers on […]

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Social media in the newsroom: It’s all about give and take

  By Dan Mason, journalist and trainer (Dan delivers our social media training in July) Most of us get into social media out of personal curiosity. We invest time in establishing our networks and personal branding. We’ve learned by our mistakes and our Twitter following is building nicely, thank you. So should you wince when […]

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Is media plurality in Wales a pipe dream?

  Was it worth it? Will anything come of it? Will there be any more jobs or freelance work for journalists, or even more media coverage of the National Assembly for Wales as a result? In their new blog, MediaWatchWales, Jenny Sims and Lila Haines muse on the outcome of Addressing the Democratic Deficit in Wales, […]

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What happened when I took an FOI request to the Information Tribunal

Using the FOI act is not a quick fix as James Stewart discovered during an investigation into allegations of a massive rip-off by companies working on government foot and mouth contracts. Just weeks after the Freedom of Information Act came into force (on 1 January 2005), I made an application which led, more than three […]

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Why the smart phone is a great tool for my journalism

  Jessica Best, a digital journalist at MediaWales, came on our Shoot/Edit on an iPhone/Mac course with tutor Tony O’Shaughnessy in June 2012. Here she tells (and shows) us how she’s used what she learned. When I undertook my training to become a newspaper journalist in 2008/2009, we learned how to take professional-looking video using […]

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The FOI Act – a major resource for journalists

The FOI Act is an important resource for journalists; the difficulty lies in writing an effective request – and challenging a refusal Since 2005 the Freedom of Information Act has given the public a right to information held by public authorities. A parliamentary committee that reviewed the Act last year found it had been a […]

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Anyone can produce video with a phone but it’s quality that counts

Although shooting & editing has evolved dramatically thanks to new, small cameras and phones which provide cost effective content for journalism and websites Tony O’Shaughnessy argues that the technology is far less important than what you do with it. Tony O’Shaughnessy delivers our ‘Shooting and Editing High Quality Video on an iPhone‘ course. Things are […]

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