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New guide to ‘modern journalism’ aims to help NCTJ trainees

Jonathan BakerA new guide to “modern multimedia journalism” for those training on NCTJ courses is to be published.

The new title, Essential Journalism, aims to offer a practical guide to “all aspects” of journalism for those studying for NCTJ qualifications.

The book, published by Routledge, will be a core resource for journalism students and trainees, as well as for seasoned practitioners and lecturers.

Jonathan Baker, founding professor of journalism at the University of Essex, is the book’s author.

Jonathan, pictured, began his career as a graduate trainee on the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo before starting a long and successful career at the BBC.

He said: “This book reflects my experiences as a working journalist, and as a teacher of journalism to NCTJ students.

“It’s intended to be a straightforward, clear and practical guide to all aspects of modern multimedia journalism, of value to students and young journalists alike.”

the book examines the journalism industry today, from its ethical framework to its practice across print, television, radio, online and social media.

It looks at the core principles and the skills that are required of journalists across all platforms, helping students develop an overall understanding of the business and “examining the application and adaptation of traditional best practice to the demands of the digital age”.

Francesca Unsworth, director of news and current affairs at the BBC, said: “Today’s journalists need to be flexible, adaptable and multiskilled, while respecting the core values that underpin the best journalism.

“This book is about applying time-honoured principles in a digital age – and as such, should be required reading for established professionals, as well as those taking their first steps in journalism.”