Extra news writing clinics

Anyone working on copy for their portfolios or for publication is always welcome to come and try out ideas on me - but I thought it might be helpful to dedicate some time for looking at your work in more depth and giving tips on tighter writing, intros, story structure etc. I'll make sure I'm in my office between 2pm and 4pm every Wednesday (unless it's a news day) for copy clinics. Bring some written work with you that we can go through. 

David Miliband: Wiping out debt is key to Eurozone survival

Former foreign secretary David Miliband did not disappoint yesterday, with a Q&A at Canterbury which included discussions of political islam, human rights, tuition fees and the Eurozone crisis. I'm looking forward to seeing how you report it. In the meantime, here's how I’ve done it…

News conference 2.0

The Guardian is launching a fascinating, and some might say reckless, experiment online. It is opening its news lists and editorial conferences to its readers, and inviting them to have a say on what are the most important issues of the day and how they should be covered. The Guardian openly admits this could lead to stories being stolen by rival titles. It is also aware of potential legal pitfalls, as much of what is said in a news conference would be unprintable for a cocktail of reasons.

A quantum news puzzle

They say journalists never let the truth get in the way of a good story, but the same might now be true of politicians. Was an illiegal immigrant allowed to stay in this country because he owned a cat, or wasn't he? The tale (or should that be tail?) gained momentum after David Cameron backed his home secretary, Theresa May, in his conference speech yesterday and confirmed that a Bolivian immigrant had indeed been saved from deportation because he owned a mog named Maya.

A future that's hard to swallow

Here's the rather bleak view of former Independent on Sunday editor Ian Jack, who wrote in The Guardian on Saturday that newspapers could soon become like "artisanal cheese". He says national newspapers could become a fetishised luxury product rather than a daily habit. Why? Because, unlike the cheese, they are being consumed with less relish...


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