CIoJ TRAINING: Brand you, what does your online profile say about you

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Brand you: What does your online profile say about you

This training day will be a unique opportunity for members to attend a professional development seminar run by Skribe London, a new, young training collective aiming to help journalists broaden their field of operations and use new technology to re-brand their portfolio for a multi-platform, digital publishing world.

Details of the Seminar

Brand You – What does your online profile say about you? Tricks and tips for new journalists to maximise their online presence and advice to help established print journalists re-brand in a multi-platform digital world, whether you want to tweet yourself a commission or write for a broader market we can show you how.

Where and how to find and formulate killer ideas that will work in a multi-platformed publishing industry. Including tailor-made feedback on your individual ideas. Got an idea that you don’t know where to take? Bring your idea to the seminar and we’ll send you off with a fully formulated plan of action.

Support for new journalists in all disciplines to nail that elusive first byline and to reach the editors you need to know, in a way that will keep them coming back for your ideas.

Redirection for freelance journalists who want to reach the next level, target a new type of media outlet or re-brand their portfolio.

Feedback and support on getting noticed within your chosen field, pitching to commissioning editors, writing to brief, researching and promoting your work online. You’ll finish the seminar with one finished feature pitch and suggestions of titles/sites to send it to.

Advice on continuing to use social networks to enhance relationships with commissioning editors and maximise potential.

The date:

Tuesday 21st May

The time:


The Venue:

CIoJ Headquarters, 2 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays road, London SE16 2XU.  Tel: 020 7252 1187

The Cost:

Just £50 per CIoJ member (light lunch included).

Book your place:

To book your place please contact Diane on 020 7252 1187 or at

 P.S. Don’t forget to bring your brightest and best feature ideas with you on the day — looking forward to seeing you there.
About Skribe London

Skribe London are a collective of print and online journalists with over 20 years’ worth of experience writing, editing and commissioning across all platforms to monthly, weekly, daily and hourly deadlines. Our aim? To provide industry-led direction, advice, opportunities and a big dollop of inspiration to talented writers and creatives keen to share their words with the world in 2013, and beyond.

Led by Marie-Claire Dorking and Tracy Ramsden, both freelance journalists for national titles and former features editors at Hearst UK, Skribe London will provide tutorials, pop-up workshops, and one-on-one support for freelance writers keen to get their ideas commissioned and talented journalism or fashion students wanting to bag that elusive first byline. When the publishing industry is undergoing its most exciting period of change, Skribe London offers an amazing opportunity to have your work assessed by some of the best in the business. It all begins with Brand You.

About Marie-Claire Dorking
 Marie-Claire was previously the features editor of Company magazine. She is now an established freelance Writer/Editor who regularly contributes to top national magazines and newspapers like Red, Brides, Daily Mail, More, Top Sante, You and Your Wedding, Gurgle, Cosmo (Australia) and of course Company. Marie-Claire has seen the industry from every point of view – writing, editing, flatplanning and commissioning and what she doesn’t know about working at a glossy mag isn’t worth knowing. Marie-Claire is passionate about helping talented writers achieve their potential to make their mark on the magazine industry.
About Tracy Ramsden
 Tracy Ramsden is an award-winning international journalist, a former features editor of Company/ and senior writer and columnist of British Cosmopolitan. She has also written for Metro, Glamour, Red, Cleo, Zest and FHM. Watching the magazine world switch from its printed heritage to a multi-platform world of web, mobile, video and social has fuelled her passion for the written word. There has never been more opportunity to get your words or your brand noticed, and having experienced all aspects of magazine journalism – ideas, pitching, commissioning, editing, securing celebrities, interviewing and consultancy, she’s on a mission to find the creative writing talents of the future and help them to build an online brand and tailor-made portfolio of their written words.

CIoJ Training: – Protecting Your Privacy Online, 9 October 2012

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Learn how to protect yourself from online snooping

New government legislation means that journalists’ emails, phone records, Tweets and Facebook messages can be monitored by police.

Most journalists don’t even take basic steps to secure their online privacy. We need to learn to protect ourselves and our sources – fast. This legislation is likely to come in next year.

It’s possible to work online with complete anonymity. And this CIOJ training seminar will show you how.

Media law trainer Cleland Thom will teach you how to secure your browsing, emails, phone calls and other digital activities.

Date: The training course will run from 11.00am-3pm on October 9, 2012.

Venue: CIoJ Head office, 2 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 2XU.

Cost: £50 Institute members, £75 non-members. This includes refreshments.
For more details and to book, please contact Diane at Head Office on 020 7252 1187 or e-mail Diane here.



Journalism course: Get your website to the top – 19 September 2012

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Search Engine Optimisation

This course will teach you the tricks of how to do it.

Contents of Course

  • Introduction to SEO – dealing with the myths. What’s ethical and what isn’t. What works and what doesn’t.
  • Getting the basics right – submitting sites to directories and other strategies.
  • Free tools / programmes.
  • Keywords – how to identify them, how they work, how to write key-word based copy, and where to put them
  • How to make your website Google friendly – simple steps that anyone can use.
  • Building incoming links.
  • Using Twitter, Facebook and other social media for SEO.
  • Maintaining and improving your position.

Date: The SEO training course will run from 10.30-6pm (with an hour for lunch) on September 19, 2012.

Venue: CIoJ Head office, 2 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 2XU.

Cost: £30 Institute members, £60 non-members. This includes light lunch and refreshments.
For more details and to book, please contact Diane at Head Office on 020 7252 1187 or e-mail Diane here.

Note: The cost of the course would be more than £100 without a generous subsidy from the Journalists’ Copyright Fund



Journalism course: create your own website

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WordPress web site training


This event has now expired.  If you wish to read a review of the course by one of the participants please do so here: How to build your own website.

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This training is for delegates who want to create a news-based website using the popular and FREE WordPress software. It will be a one-day course at UCA Farnham.

During the session, delegates will learn:

  • How to install WordPress live online in a web hosting environment,
  • The WordPress ‘dashboard’ – how the ‘back end’ editing system works,
  • How to create content – text, images and video,
  • How to categorise and organise their content – and why this is important,
  • How to build simple navigation menus,
  • How to customise the look and feel of their site.

Everyone will get the chance to create a live website. And, by the end of the session, participants should be capable of buying a website address and hosting space; and of setting up their own web site if they want to do so.

Key information:

  • Simple steps to buying a domain name and renting hosting space,
  • Thinking security – basic advice on keeping your web site secure.

The WordPress website training course will run from 10-6pm (with an hour for lunch) on June 26, 2012, at UCA Farnham.  We will meet in the main reception area before the seminar starts.


Journalism Media Centre

UCA Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS


£30 Institute members, £60 non-members. This includes refreshments.

The cost of this course has been subsidised by assistance from the Journalists’ Copyright Fund.

For more details and to book, please contact Diane at Head Office on 020 7252 1187.

A second, follow-up, seminar “SEO, marketing and monetization” will be held in August.


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Date: 27 May 2011

The world’s oldest journalist professional body, the Chartered Institute of Journalists, has given its support for a new University Technical College in Harlow. The Institute hopes to work closely with the management and teaching staff to develop the college and its journalism and media courses.

The Chartered Institute of Journalists is a membership organisation which has been protecting and serving the best interests of journalists and journalism for more than 120 years. Training is a key interest, and one specified in the Institute’s Royal Charter, granted by Queen Victoria in 1890.

Norman Bartlett, CIoJ president, explained: “The Institute wants to ensure that budding journalists get the best education and training possible. Better qualified journalists will improve career prospects, and in so doing enable the quality of journalism to improve and expand.

“The Internet and other technologies have changed the face of journalism, and it is important that this is reflected in the courses that are provided by colleges.”

The Institute will be the link for the new college to the industry. It will provide advice and assistance to the management as it develops the new college, to the teaching staff when they are devising journalism and media courses, ensuring they match the needs of the industry.

Norman Bartlett continued: “We will also provide a conduit for the college to secure wider help and support from the industry, opening doors for students to visit real workplaces, secure work experience placements and hopefully valuable jobs in the industry.

“We want to help Harlow UTC students to get the best education, the best training, and the best opportunities.”

Robert Halfon, the Member of Parliament for Harlow and a member of the Institute, said: “I have worked very hard on this for over a year, helping Harlow College with their plans for a new University Technical School.

“If we get this, it would transform the lives of young Harlow people. I have done this because I am passionate about apprenticeships. They are not just about economic efficiency, they are about social justice as well, and will give our young people opportunities and skills. That is also why I employed probably the first ever MP’s Apprentice – a local lad from Harlow called Andy Huckle.”




Notes to editors:

Formed in 1884, the Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIoJ) is the world’s oldest established professional body for journalists, and a representative voice of media and communications professionals throughout the UK and the Commonwealth.


IPI to Hold International Conference on Terrorism, Media and the Law

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5 August, VIENNA. The International Press Institute (IPI), the global network for a free media, and the Salzburg-based Center for International Legal Studies (CILS), announce the international conference, “The War on Words – Terrorism, Media and the Law,” to be held in Vienna, Austria, from 5-6 October 2009.

The two-day conference will bring together leading journalists, lawyers, human rights advocates, and security and counter-terrorism experts from Europe, North America, Asia and Africa to discuss the impact of the fight against terrorism on civil liberties, in particular freedom of expression and press freedom.

Panel sessions will focus on government efforts to broaden their law enforcement powers in the name of security, the watchdog role of the media, and the relationship between freedom of expression and religious tolerance.

“This conference will provide a welcome forum to discuss the complexities of the fight against terrorism and the effects on media freedom,” said conference coordinator Michael Kudlak. “Have attempts by Western governments to broaden their law enforcement powers in the name of security curtailed civil liberties and muzzled the media? Have they set a negative example for autocratic regimes to emulate? Do anti-terror measures affect the ability of the media to carry out its watchdog role?”

Sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), among others, the conference will be held at the prestigious Diplomatic Academy of Vienna.

For further information, or to register, visit the conference webpage:

or contact:

Michael Kudlak

Senior Conference Coordinator

Tel: +43 1 – 512 90 11

Cell: + 43-676-425 90 14