Useful links for everyone who wants to work in the media…

Posted on August 10, 2011

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MediaUK – A directory of every radio and TV station in the UK. Contact information, the latest media news, job postings and a lively discussion forum. You can post demo tapes via MP3 and get constructive criticism. A great place to find out more about the industry.

AllMediaScotland – Latest news from the Scottish media with the emphasis on print and PR.

BBC College of Journalism – An incredible free resource for anyone who’d like to be a journalist or who already is and just wants to get better. It’s the BBC’s in-house journalism training department but part of its remit is to make resources available to the wider industry. Develop skills, learn about the law as it applies to journalism, gain social media skills and much more. There’s a lot of video and audio content too, it’s a great way to learn and you’ll get an insight into what it’s like working at the BBC. If you’re in commercial radio and aspire to work at the BBC it’s well worth a visit and mentioning at a job interview that you’ve been on the site is bound to stand you in good stead.

Myers Media – This guy (John Myers) was the big boss when I started at Real Radio. He’s now CEO at The Radio Academy and in his blog he often talks about the content of radio programmes, what makes a good presenter, what makes a good programme director and the direction our industry should take.

Radio Academy This is a charity dedicated to excellence in UK radio broadcasting. Many of the big name presenters and programmers are part of this and share their expertise at regular events around the country. There’s a blog and a podcast. A great place to find out about how the radio industry works and if you’re already part of it learn about about best practice and raise your profile in the industry.

Media Guardian Working in the media means being part of an industry that is permanently, rapidly changing. To do well, you need to stay on top of what’s going on. This site is essential, I visit it several times a day.

Nik Goodman’s Blog Nik is among those who’ve given me support and advice, particularly when I first moved from news reading into presenting a daily music show. He’s programmed some of the biggest stations in the UK and has lots to say about how to get your personality across and develop your show. He now operates around the world and as a result is able to share some great ideas.

James Cridland’s Blog There’s a lot of talk in the media about new technology, distribution platforms and what on earth the industry’s going to look like 5 years from now. This guy is right at the cutting edge and shares a lot of research and knowledge at this blog. He’s very influential, very approachable and his posts attract a lot of comments which you’re encouraged to be part of.

John Collins’ Blog My first boss when I started at 96.3 QFM in Paisley in 1996. He’s worked in the BBC and commercial radio, has worked as a producer, presenter and as a Programme Director and Managing Director. He’s now a lecturer at Reid Kerr College in Paisley. Hugely passionate about the media, highly experienced and a great guy to know.

Robin Banks He’s worked right at the top hosting shows on Kiss 100, Beat 106, Virgin Radio and Atlantic 252. Without his help, I might never have worked in television. He gives A TONNE of advice and support for anyone interested in hosting music radio shows.

BBC Radio Scotland Blog An inside look at life at behind Scotland’s national radio station.

Napier University BA (Hons) Journalism Information about the degree I did.

Broadcast Journalism at University of the West of Scotland I’ve worked with many people who did this course. It began at Bell College in Hamilton. Highly respected with excellent industry links.

Journalism / Creative Writing at Strathclyde University There’s also a postgrad course here.

Media at Clydebank College I gave a talk to the students here and was very impressed with the equipment they have. Quite a focus on film making as well as their radio studio.

Roy Greenslade’s Blog Often deals with media ethics, and a great resource to help students and school pupils think about where news comes from and who decides what we read in newspapers and see and hear in bulletins.

Creative Loop Lots of good work being done and information available here. A joint venture from several Scottish colleges who aim to bring their media courses and the industry closer together.

Radio Today Up-dated every day with the latest goings on in UK radio.

The Drum Latest PR and media news, emphasis on print, also features advertising agencies.

Journalism Jobs Does exactly what it says in the URL.

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