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Royal reporter or health corr: how to develop a specialism


Thursday 29 October 2015


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Headland House, 308-312 Gray's Inn Rd, London WC1X 8DP


You can always smell a rat when government spin doctors hand out a policy story to a lobby correspondent.

That's because they know the specialist reporter will be able to tell at a glance that it is a piece of re-heated rubbish that has been flogged to death by eager SPADs  and will be able to use their knowledge to pull it apart.

Being a specialist journalist on a general or specialist newspaper or magazine or as a broadcaster allows you to set the agenda in your chosen field. It is about cultivating contacts and bringing in stories rather than chasing hares set by the newsdesk.

You can earn extra money by being a pundit or have a role on policy forums.

If you are a freelance, being a specialist can be useful extra to your portfolio.

The specialist journalist is becoming an endangered species as short-sighted news managements cut their posts. But they can play a vital role in bringing in exclusive stories.

This NUJ event brings together experts in their field who will give an insight into what it is like to be a specialist reporter and share some of the secrets of the trade.


Richard Palmer, royal correspondent for the Express.

Ann Mroz, editor of the Times Educational Supplement.

Andrew Gregory, health editor of the Mirror.

Dominic Casciani, home affairs correspondent, BBC News.

Emily Beament, environment correspondent, Press Association.

Hannah Pool, former Guardian writer and expert on fashion and beauty.

You can reserve a place on the Eventbrite site

Refreshments will be available.

Further details and contact information

Frances Rafferty

Tags: , newspapers, broadcasting, specialist writers, bbc