Help us to improve this site – take a short survey

Help us to improve this site – take a short survey

The website editor is planning a design overhaul of this site and the AJE's social media communication. We are keen to hear the views of members and users of the site and are launching a quick survey. [Image credit: Flickr / spike55151] Take the five minute survey now! How could we improve it? What sections would you like to see added? Do you like your news via Twitter or perhaps you prefer Facebook? If you run your own blog, would you like the AJE to link to it? The AJE committee has more than a few ideas about improvements which are mentioned in the survey, but we also want to ensure that all website users and AJE members have a chance to contribute their views. Nobody likes taking surveys and we are afraid there are no prizes for filling in this one (sorry!). The only 'reward' will be lots of good AJE karma and the fact that you will have helped to improve...
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NCTJ report lists key skills for student journalists

NCTJ report lists key skills for student journalists

J-schools should be teaching 'new and enhanced skills' in areas including ethics, fact checking, digital skills, PR, freelancing, entrepreneurialism, time management and audience relationships according to a new report from the NCTJ. The accrediting body that is probably best known for its dogged commitment to 100-WPM shorthand (sorry, this writer only managed 80), states: Change happens to all jobs over time. For some occupations, the change is such that the job all but disappears from the economy, to be replaced by jobs that emerge. For other jobs, such as journalism we presume, it is the nature of the job that changes. It expresses concern about 'shrinkage' that has meant that local newspapers are perhaps no longer the main route for students to get jobs in professional journalism. It also turns rather NUJ when it states: There is a changing age balance of journalists, with older, more experienced, journalists being replaced by younger workers. This is driven both by costs (younger journalists being, on average,...
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Two new journalism textbooks aimed at students

Two new journalism textbooks aimed at university students have been published by Oxford University Press and Routledge The Oxford Dictionary of Journalism, written by Tony Harcup of Sheffield University, provides concise definitions for over 1,400 terms. On page 21 you'll even find a definition of the AJE no less: Formed in 1997, the AJE aims to bring together those who train students in the vocational skills required to work as journalists, those whose focus is on the more academic elements of journalism studies, and those who straddle what is often seen as the practice/theory divide. The first entry into this dictionary is not 'Aardvark', but the AAN - Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. 'Zoo', as in the lads' mag published by Bauer, is the last entry in this comprehensive A to Z. The textbook also links to a companion list of websites. Prof Roy Greenslade said it is 'A book so good every journalist will ask: "Why didn't I think of that?""' Lecturers can order an inspection...
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