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:
- Quick, constructive feedback
- Working ‘live’
- 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.