BBC College of Journalism 30 day online-database trial

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The BBC College of Journalism web site is now available for a thirty day free trial (26-APR-10 – 26-MAY-10).

For access to the trial, please visit the UML Libraries’ Database Trials web page.

For the very first time, the learning and development materials created for BBC journalists are being made web accessible by Oxford University Press. The BBC College of Journalism website includes 1,700 content pages, hundreds of videos, audio clips, discussion pages, and interactive modules covering every aspect of TV, radio, and online journalism. Much of the material features BBC TV reporters, anchors, and hosts covering subjects ranging from craft skills (such as writing or directing video) to subject briefings on critical events and topics such as climate change and the conflict in the Middle East, to the many ethical issues now facing journalists. The site is continuously updated, its coverage driven by the practical needs of BBC journalists around the world, as well as current events in the news.

Launched in 2005, the idea behind the BBC College of Journalism was to create a “virtual” learning environment rather than a physical “bricks and mortar” college with residential courses. The inspiration originated from innovative examples in the US – where studies take place via interactive learning modules, workshops and seminars. All journalistic staff in the BBC have been required to attend the College for a minimum level of training each year.

Key Content

  • Variety of topics including religion, politics, sports, military, business
  • 1,700 content pages
  • 50+ interactive learning exercises
  • 200 videos
  • Discussion area is a forum for online discussion of all issues currently affecting journalism. Often seeded by commissioned pieces from well-known players within the industry, this feature has the potential to become the world’s leading forum for discussion of issues in journalism. Areas covered include evolving business models, the growing importance of trust and coverage of current issues like climate change.
  • Tutorials provide research material (glossary definitions, short survey articles comparable to reference A-Z entries) on an issue alongside a tutorial that instructs the user how to report on the issue. Many are accompanied by quizzes, tests, or writing exercises.
  • Briefings include factual advice and guides on key subjects in the news with text, video, and interactive material.
  • Skills is the “how to” section, with guides to writing, production, broadcasting and story-finding. Much of the material has been created by the BBC’s leading on-air reporters. As well as text, audio and video, there are dozens of interactive exercises covering TV, radio and text-based journalism.
  • Law covers legal issues facing journalists.
  • Ethics & Values covers the increasingly important issues of truth and accuracy, impartiality, independence, reporting in the public interest, accountability and trust.
  • Glossaries are quick guides designed for busy journalists covering the whole range of learning offered by the College and includes definitions of words related to current issues.

Features and Benefits

  • Customizable search results can be sorted by date or relevance, tailoring each inquiry to the user’s needs for ease and speed of research.
  • Hundreds of video and audio clips provide visual and audio examples of issues and topics covered.
  • A discussion/blog area enables users to explore topics and issues in more depth with experts, students, and peers.
  • Interactive tutorials are offered in versions for TV, radio, or text-based journalism. 
  • Static URLs for text pages and media provide consistent, secure points of access for students, teachers, and professionals returning to the site or sharing information with peers.
  • Update program: BBC COJ will be updated on a rolling, continuous basis with new coverage being determined by demand from journalists and by current events dominating the headlines, with at least one updated or new learning unit per month.  This guarantees the site is the most up-to-date, practical resource available to journalists and students across the globe.