UPDATED: The power of cake – Bake Off doubles our viewing figures, says C4 News’ Alex Thomson


By Lizzy McEllan and Tania Jacquier

A TOP television reporter has admitted he doesn’t watch TV news despite working in the industry for 25 years.

Channel 4 News’ chief correspondent Alex Thomson said he prefers to watch the news online. He said shorter, internet videos are the way forward, but admitted he “doesn’t have a clue” how to edit for Facebook.

Speaking at Leeds Trinity Journalism week, Alex said: “The pattern of families gathering around the television is falling apart.

“Around 800,000 people watch the programme but millions of people watch the shorter online stories. My lovingly crafted reports get cut down to two minutes – my voice and piece to camera gets cut. I wouldn’t have a clue how to cut it down.”

He told the audience that Channel 4 News is a monolithic exercise in commercial suicide – normally the programme only gets between 800,000 and a million viewers every night, putting off advertising.

However the Great British Bake Off pushed it up to 1.6 million – but only on a Tuesday night.

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IMAGES: Calendar duo Christine and Duncan give a TV masterclass

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By Anna Riley, Images by Matthew Brannen

Calendar presenters Duncan Wood and Christine Talbot gave budding broadcasters at Leeds Trinity University a TV masterclass.

They demonstrated that talk back is essential on what they do in live TV, explaining that earpieces must be tucked in to avoid the viewer being able to see the equipment in their ears.

Duncan advises: “Telly is magic, nobody should know that people are talking to you.”

He added that you should not make it obvious that you are reading from the autocue.

Christine says that presenters should read their scripts in advance, but sometimes there is no time for this so “you have to cover that up.” Try to be prepared and know the story in advance.

She said: “Be well briefed, know what you need to do and have a plan if things fail.”

UPDATED: Charlie Hebdo attack shows importance of making fun of authority, says Star scribbler


By Kelly-Ann Woodward

Being a satirical cartoonist has become a dangerous profession alongside being a journalist, according to a leading cartoonist.

James Whitworth, a daily cartoonist from the Sheffield Star, told students at Leeds Trinity University’s Journalism Week just how dangerous being an artist can be. There have been many circumstances where this has become apparent.

The terrorism attack on Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 was primarily because of the controversial satirical content that was published about Mohammed.

James said: “Being a cartoonist becomes a dangerous profession when you are offending someone. Figures in authority hate cartoonists for this reason.”

The terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo was a moment that was sad and unfunny – like any terrorist attack is – but being a daily cartoonist means that you have to draw a satirical cartoon on events like these.

James states this as a great problem with being a cartoonist, especially a daily one. [Read more…]

LIVE: Trinity graduate beats stammer to speak at Journalism Week


By Oliver Lines

James Tennant stunned the Journalism Week audience by doing something he never thought he could do: talk in front of a large audience.

Leeds Trinity alumnus James was determined to conquer his fear of public speaking and overcome his stammer, and shared that journey on ITV programme This Time Next Year, hosted by Davina McCall, earlier this month.

James is now social media coordinator at Take That Ltd, a digital company based in Leeds, having graduated from the sports journalism course in 2012.

He said: “I’m not here to tell you about my experiences in sports journalism. I’m here to tell you a story about a boy with dreams and aspirations.”

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LIVE: Cartoons hold politicians to account, says journalist


Sheffield Star cartoonist James Whitworth

By Jack Goodman

The MPs expenses scandal was ‘like Christmas’ for cartoonists, James Whitworth told journalism students.

The prominent cartoonist said the history of cartoon satire and a historical lack of censorship in cartoons dating back to medieval times had given the art social importance.

The 2009 political scandal revealed some MPs were wrongly claiming expenses for personal goods. James said: “Every single day when you thought ‘I can’t possibly draw another cartoon’, someone had claimed for a moat!”

He showed an example cartoon which said: “I went into politics to make my living room a better place.”

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Calendar hosts hope to inspire the next generation of journalists to achieve their dreams

By Jack Goodman

Co-anchors of ITV’s Calendar for more than 13 years, Christine Talbot and Duncan Wood are returning speakers to Journalism Week – offering advice on news broadcasting and careers in journalism.

Duncan expressed how much they both enjoy being part of Journalism Week – and how they hoped to give students an insight into what they do at Calendar.

Their talk, on Friday 18 November at 10.45am, will be discussing their journeys to where they are now – and how both their career paths are rooted in strong journalistic backgrounds.

They will also be discussing their enthusiasm to embrace new practices in the industry, as well as the possibility of carrying out a ‘studio masterclass’ to talk students through the ‘dos and don’ts of television presenting’.


Duncan added: “There are many opportunities out there for young journalists in this ever changing digital world and hopefully we can play a small part in inspiring the talent of the future to achieve their dreams.”

Christine and Duncan have worked together since he joined the Calendar team in May 2003 – but both began their journalism careers in print before moving into broadcasting. [Read more…]

Award-winning Sky News presenter’s ultimate ambition is to meet Queen


Nick Powell, Sky News sports presenter

Nick Powell, Sky News sports presenter



By Leah Waller

Nick Powell is one of British television’s most experienced sports news broadcasters and has the credentials to prove it thanks to his two awards from the Royal Television Society for Outside Broadcast of the Year in 1989 and Sports Documentary of the Year in 1996.

He will tell students at Leeds Trinity’s Journalism Week event about his career which started in Bradford where he was a breakfast news presenter for Pennine Radio.

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We want our readers to share – BuzzFeed Editor

Luke Lewis, UK Editor of BuzzFeed

Luke Lewis, UK Editor of BuzzFeed

BuzzFeed’s UK Editor says the popular blogging website is trying to make news content “more accessible and shareable” by reporting stories light-heartedly and interacting with the public.

The unique way that BuzzFeed reports news differs from traditional journalism, as its focus is on quizzes, polls, humour and most importantly, photographs. [Read more…]

From milking cows to the front seat of history – Sky News journalist’s rise to fame – UPDATED

Gerard Tubb, the North of England correspondent for Sky News

Gerard Tubb, the North of England correspondent for Sky News

Honesty, nosiness, attitude and a healthy disregard for authority are a vital part of being a successful journalist, according to Sky News’ North of England correspondent.

Quoting former foreign correspondent Nicholas Tomalin, Gerard Tubb insisted that the only qualities essential for a career in journalism are rat-like cunning, a plausible manner and a little literary ability. [Read more…]

Goal.com boss: If we don’t make money, we don’t survive

Editorial Director of Consumer Brands and Portals for Perform Group.

Graham Shaw, Editorial Director of Consumer Brands and Portals for Perform Group.

Graham Shaw, the editorial director of Perform Group which owns Goal.com, says the World Cup will be a “big project” for the football website.

Goal.com is the world’s largest football website with over a billion page views and 36 continuing editions in 17 different languages. They will be producing news, social media and columns during the tournament in Brazil. [Read more…]