Free training resources to the public – thank you BBC!

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This article was published on ijnet.org by Margaret Looney

If you’re in the market for a free journalism education, hundreds of training materials are now at your disposal.

The BBC’s College of Journalism made a slew of videos and guides – initially created to train its own journalists – available to reporters worldwide for free.

You can watch videos and tutorials made by BBC journalists in the field on journalists’ safety, social media, and multimedia techniques, as well as subject and writing style guides galore. Check out the whole library here.

The resources are already available in 11 languages. Arabic, Burmese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Hausa, Pashto, Persian, Russian, Swahili, Urdu and Vietnamese. They cover “the essential editorial skills that journalists working in the BBC World Service language departments use on a daily basis.”

Four more languages: French (for Africa), Hindi, Indonesian and Turkish will be available this month.

The resources were already available for anyone to browse, until today the BBC enforced a subscription model for readers to gain full access to all the site’s materials.

But soak up all the free knowledge while you can. The BBC is suspending the paywall only for a trial period of 12 months.

Via BBC College of Journalism

This post originally appeared on the International Journalists’ Network. IJNet delivers the latest on global media innovation, news apps and tools, training opportunities and expert advice for professional and citizen journalists worldwide. Produced by the International Center for Journalists, IJNet follows the shifting journalism scene from a global perspective in seven languages – Arabic, Chinese, English, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Follow along on Twitter, Facebook or with IJNet’s free weekly newsletter.

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