Covid-19 rules on teaching helped staff to create new opportunities for students on the MA Broadcast Journalism at Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC)

Meleri Williams presents Checking In, a 30-minute programme on re-opening the hospitality industry in Wales

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on teaching journalism.

The thing educators and students value most — face-to-face tuition — went out of the window.

In its place came ‘Blended learning’; a mixture of pre-recorded lecture videos, live online seminars and, when possible, some face-to-face classes.

However, the face-to-face sessions available to us were restricted to low numbers of people per room. Teachers and students were masked, sanitised and physically distanced.


Are you studying the rise of TikTok? Lil Nas X did — and it paid off big time

If your first answer to this question is ‘What is TikTok?’ — don’t worry, there’s an explainer later.

That three-word question gets to the heart of this piece.

How many of us are true early adopters, either in newsroom or at journalism schools?

We should all be EAs, right? It’s just that the same old one-two punch of time and money stops us from being as up-to-date as we’d like to be.

When I spoke to a number of social media editors at major UK news outlets for this article I received broadly the same response: “We’re on the fence.”


I was trying to be addicted to CNN but then my colleagues intervened.

IN the lead up to the 2020 US election, throughout the Capitol Hill riot and on past the inauguration, I became an addict.

One of the WhatsApp groups I’m a member of developed into my favourite source of news coverage (and chatter).

Its members are a shadowy cabal of international journalists, academics, experts and, somehow, me.

Day after day the perma-bleeping beast burped up the best new reportage, the most relevant deep-dives, documentaries, TED talks, digital projects and everything in between.

The volume of great content posted…


Rhian Roberts, Commissioning Editor for Digital and Podcasts on Radio 3, 4 and 4 Extra, reveals what she sees next for the BBC during audio’s new industrial revolution.

The BBC’s Rhian Roberts addresses the podcasting conference PodCon Cymru

It’s the first Podcon Cymru. The event is sold out.

There’s gasping room only in the cavernous main lecture theatre at the multi-million pound edifice built to house Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC).

The audience is a mixture of publishing industry bigwigs, presenters from podcasts large and small, tech types, trend-chasers and the generally pod-curious.

The opening keynote from Matt Deegan of the British Podcast Awards yomps through


Four small words; the future of journalism. What should we expect to see making a dent in our profession over the 12 months ahead? Co-authored by Gavin Allen and Dr. David Dunkley Gyimah

What does social media have in store for a likely devious US Election campaign? How can publishers rebuild bonds of trust with readers? Do new laws need to be passed to protect our democracy? And which cases in the courts could have an effect on the way journalists work?


Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek won a significant court ruling against Facebook

Social media platforms are under pressure.

They are being asked to take action on fake news, extreme content and lots of other other internet nasties.

That pressure grows with, among other things, every Facebook Live murder.

The yoke of regulation seems inevitable at this point; the platforms may even be welcoming of it.

They are beaten from pillar to post with each new atrocity that arises.

Some guidance on what action they need to take — by definition of law or regulation — would therefore help them to stop looking like the boogeymen of the internet.

The regulation debate raised…


Raheem Sterling has been brave, outspoken and defiant in the face of racism and discrimination — he deserves our respect and gratitude because the people running football are not doing anything like enough

The president of the Bulgaria Football Union has quit — and it will change absolutely nothing in Bulgarian football.

It may appear Borislav Mihailov did the decent thing by resigning but he had been pushed by Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, who called for him to quit and cut government funding to the FA until he left.

This, of course, follows the stinking offal that was Bulgarian fans’ racist abuse of England players as the Three Lions spanked the hapless homers 0–6 in Sofia last night.

Before I get into the racism — what a performance from England! Goals, goals, goals…


BBC News Digital Director Naja Nielsen outlines her view on the journalists of the future

The BBC’s Naja Nielsen speaks to a packed lecture hall at JOMEC

When everything is changing all of the time is it actually possible to future-proof yourself?

And if so, what are the skills you need to thrive in the modern age?

The people tasked with driving forward our major institutions perhaps have as much a say in how the vocation evolves as the rampant advance of tech and collapse of tradition.

Those brave enough to lay out a vision then need people who can deliver it.

Today, the (still pretty new) Digital Director of BBC News, Naja Nielsen, delivered a masterclass for our students at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism Media…


Photo by Elijah O’Donnell on Unsplash

Richard Beech, 30, has spent his career so far bending and breaking rules for some of the UK’s best and biggest digital startups, including BuzzFeed, JOE Media and DriveTribe.

He is now the director of The Ginger Agency, a marketing start-up working with the likes of News UK and Reach to help build audiences for the future.

He chats to Gavin Allen about the advice he wishes he’d received as a young journalist, how to build your brand on social media and the ‘one massive mistake’ The Guardian is making.

What advice do you wish you had been given when…

Gavin Allen

Digital Journalism lecturer at Cardiff University. Ex-Associate Editor of Mirror.co.uk and formerly of MailOnline, MSN UK and Wales Online.

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