The BBC could do worse than sign up the entire home affairs select committee for the Newsnight summer slot while Jeremy goes fishing. Their questioning of the men from the Yard combined all the qualities needed – aggression, persistence and bitchiness – for an entertaining grilling. It is of course easier to hunt as a […]
Whether it’s a forgotten microphone or an indiscrete tweet, we often see private communications going public. Graham Leach has written an article for PR Daily with guidelines for how to handle this kind of crisis.
Every day on the @harveyleach Twitter account, we publish a media training tip with the hashtag #dailymediatrainingtips. Here are the tips from this week: When quoting statistics or research, favour studies undertaken by independent bodies Don’t let your eyeline wander from the interviewer – you will look nervous or unsettled Before doing an interview, decide […]
As Robert Peston put it this morning – “This is now much more than a newsroom going bad….” The revelation that not just celebrities but also victims of tragedy have had their phones hacked raises –or, more accurately, lowers – the whole News of the World debate. A journalist’s job is very simple – to […]
Every day on the @harveyleach Twitter account, we publish a media training tip with the hashtag #dailymediatrainingtips. Here are the tips from this week: Be careful about nodding during a question – it may look like you agree with the interviewer Too determined an effort to defend the wording of an answer simply prolongs the […]
Interviewees sometimes make it clear before an interview that, as far as they are concerned, a certain subject or certain areas are “off-limits”. It’s worth a try, but don’t bet on interviewers playing the game. They can even turn it into a deadly weapon – “I know you don’t want to talk about XXX, but […]
Just as the creation of the railway system changed 19th century society, so railway-speak is threatening to undermine our 21st-century language. As brilliantly outlined by the Guardian’s style guide editor David Marsh today, the language inflicted on rail travellers bears little relation either to common sense or common usage. What, for example, is a “station […]