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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“I confirm that I wish to take voluntary redundancy”

Nicholas Whitehead signs on the dotted line and takes voluntary redundancy after 11 years at ITV Wales I’ve done it. I’ve sent the email that will end my employment. I work for ITV, the major independent TV network in the United Kingdom. Most of the staff at ITV are sales people, managers, administrators and accountants […]

I have held two Paralympic gold medals ….

Dreams Come True By Jenny Sims (see link to Jenny’s blog page below) I have held two Paralympic medals. A gold for discus and a bronze for shot put. Unfortunately they were only in my hands for a few seconds – enough to feel the weight and admire the shine. Then their rightful owner, the […]

New Hyperlocal Website Launch in Wales

This article appeared in the Press Gazette on 1st November 2012 Byline: Andrew Pugh Former Tindle Editors Launch New Hyperlocal Websites in Wales Two former editors of Tindle Newspapers’ Brecon & Radnor Express are heading up two new hyperlocal websites in the Welsh county of Powys. MyTown Media, the company behind the MyWelshpool and MyNewtown […]

New Ways to Make Journalism Pay

A Freelance Lifeboat in a Perfect Storm: A Conference on New Ways to make Journalism Pay. Steve Hewlett of The Guardian and R4’s Media Show is just one of the speakers at the New Ways to Make Journalism Pay conference on Saturday 17th November organised by the NUJ’s London Freelance Branch. And thanks to sponsorship […]

A Freelance Lifeboat in a Perfect Storm

A Freelance Lifeboat in a Perfect Storm is the subtitle for a conference on New Ways to make Journalism Pay. Steve Hewlett of The Guardian and R4’s Media Show is just one of the speakers at the New Ways to Make Journalism Pay conference organised by the NUJ’s London Freelance Bureau. And thanks to sponsorship […]

Make Copyright Pay: Free new download!

The NUJ has produced a new, free-to-download book to help freelance members find new ways to profit from their work. Help Yourself – New Ways To Make Copyright Pay was produced with funding from the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society and showcases writers who have developed new models to profit from their work, some digital, […]

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