Free modules for you to use
These training modules have been put together to offer ongoing help to journalists in transition states, post-conflict countries, and areas where the media is still developing.
The only condition for using these modules is that you let us know if you spot any typos. Many have been written on planes, in departure lounges and in hotels, and they may contain spelling errors.
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- Basic journalism
This section contains modules covering the basics for those starting off in a career in journalism. It covers what makes news, how to write a story intro and script, interviewing tips, fact checking, the public interest test and whether your journalism passes the 'who says' test.
- Advanced journalism
This section contains modules covering advanced journalism training including how to avoid being manipulated, understanding the public service remit, some tips on how to run an effective news meeting and ensure you get the best out of your staff, and setting news priorities.
- Editorial ethics
This section is all about journalistic integrity. It contains modules covering the every day ethical issues that journalists face in the course of their work. We look at what impartiality, integrity, fairness, taste and decency, offence, privacy, and accuracy mean to journalists.
- Investigative journalism
This section contains modules covering investigative journalism. Many have been written by journalism trainer and investigative journalist Don Ray and cover how to understand an interview, read between the lines in complex documents and how to carry out a piece of investigative journalism.
- Media strategy
This section contains modules covering how to set up a converged newsroom delivering content to multiple devices, how to create a forward planning department producing original journalism, creating a social media strategy, going hyperlocal and running a media business.
- Exiled media
These training resources have been grouped in this section because they may be of particular use to journalists working in exile. They are written either by journalists forced to work outside their own countries or by those who offer journalism and media strategy training to exiled media.
This section of the site contains training modules for those involved in international media development. We look at media assistance and how to decide who to help, how media development could improve, and some tips for international media trainers working in post-conflict and transition countries.
A collection of situations where editorial ethics are put to the test. These scenarios are a mix of actual and invented dilemmas of the type journalists around the world face every day. Links to modules are provided to help you decide on the most appropriate course of action.
This section is for answers to questions asked in some of the site's training modules. It is not meant as a collection of modules in itself, just as a storage place for the solutions to the issues raised in the articles on the site.