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Want to be a specialist reporter or correspondent?


Wednesday 17 February 2016


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Old George pub, Old George Yard, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EZ


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 or geographical region. 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.

David Baines, senior lecturer in journalism and the sociology of journalism and NUJ rep, will chair this event.

David Whetstone: award-winning arts and culture correspondent and editor of Culture magazine on The Journal.

Sophie Doughty: crime reporter at The Chronicle

Richard Moss, BBC political editor, North East & Cumbria

Chris Tighe is the north east England correspondent for the Financial Times.

The event includes supper and a chance to network and have a convivial drink.

You can book your place on the Eventbrite site

Further details and contact information

Frances Rafferty

Tags: , specialist writers, newscastle, newcastle chronicle, newcastle journal, bbc 4, tyne tees, broadcasting, local newspapers, national newspapers, freelance