Talking Business Journalism and Trade Secrets with Rod Oram

  Rod Oram is a journalist and author who has worked in New York and London for the Financial Times, covering stories from the 1987 stock market crash to major corporate scandals. JO WILLS talks to Rod about the highlights of his writing career, and his advice for beginner writers.   Rod’s called New Zealand home for the past twenty years where he currently contributes to radio stations such as NewstalkZB, RadioNZ and Newsroom. His work is rich in detail and often provocative,

Tips for Effective Time-management: Work Smarter, not Harder.

  ‘Look at the time! Where did it go?’ Does this sound familiar?  Become the master of time to increase your writing productivity. BY KRISTEL CREVITS   As a journalist, submitting refined, impactful work includes many administrative tasks. These nitty-gritty, must-do tasks can become your enemy. By labelling them, and understanding their roots, it will allow you to complete them. Separate research from the writing phase It is so hard to focus on writing if you think of all the peripheral things that are required to

How to Choose Topics to Write About

  Coming up with a subject and an angle for your article is one of the most important steps in the journalism process. However, many writers spend far too much time figuring this out, which can leave them overwhelmed and stressed. This doesn’t have to be the case though. BY SYMONE GROBBELAAR    Writing is an art. It’s supposed to be fun. But before you can begin writing you need to figure out your topic. Without a topic and angle, you don’t have

5 Things Web Journalists Can Learn from Screenwriters

Screenwriting is said to be one of the hardest crafts to master. There are a few surprising tricks web journalists can learn from successful screenwriters. BY ENNI TUOMISALO   Screenwriting is fiercely competitive. Some screenplays sell for millions, but the vast majority are not sold at all. To be successful, you have to write something so emotionally engaging and visually compelling that a studio executive wants to invest millions of dollars to turn it into a movie. While web writing is quite a different game,

Freelance writing – Ten Top Tips to Thrive as a Writer

    Follow these ten top tips for getting started as a freelance writer, and you’ll convince editors to publish your work. By Fran Weerts   Like art, freelance writing is often regarded as a hobby. It may appear self-indulgent - taking enthralling trips in the name of research, fraternising with fascinating people and no boss to remark on your tardy start to the day. In reality, though, your life as a freelance writer will be somewhat less grand. Freelance writing will be demanding of your time,

Eight Tips for Reporting from a Disaster Zone – by Noel Cisneros

  Our Broadcast Journalism tutor Noel Cisneros was called to duty by ABC News in the US to cover the recent earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. She filed reports for America's #1 morning news program, "Good Morning America", ABC Radio News Network and ABC News San Francisco.  Here are tips she offers to reporters working in disaster zones.   On Feb 22 a 6.3 quake hit Christchurch.  It killed 182 people and damaged more than 100,000 buildings. It flattened huge sections of the