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Creating successful magazine journalists

Originally published at Hold The Front Page

Ask my graduating MA Magazine Journalism students for the most important elements of their course and their top answers would be:

  1. Quick, constructive feedback
  2. Working ‘live’
  3. Skills to work across all media platforms (including shorthand)

Each of these is grounded in a need to develop confidence. When assured, their talent flourishes.

Give them confidence in their tools, and you immediately have a cohort of skilled and independent students. So we teach a class leading to the NCTJ video journalism exam—taught not at first by a journalist but an expert camera-operator/filmmaker.

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