INTERVIEWING: What to do…and what not to do (Part 2)

Today we bring you the second part of the first article on journalism advice for the fledging reporter. Last Sunday we covered the dos and don’ts of preparing for and carrying out an interview, including the all-important requirements to behave professionally and support the journalistic ethics of impartiality and accuracy. These articles are based largely on notes distributed by a lecturer during newswriting and reporting seminars I attended over ten years ago on my journey into this exciting, fulfilling and noble career path. One of the most enduring memories I have of this lecturer, Mr. Geere, was on one occasion … Continue reading INTERVIEWING: What to do…and what not to do (Part 2)

INTERVIEWING: What to do…and what not to do (Part 1)

Today I bring you the first in a series of articles on newswriting and reporting. These articles tie in with the Half-Eaten Mind’s objective to provide high-quality journalism and writing in general as well as its secondary aim as a means of education. They are based on handouts from a taught module on newswriting and reporting that I studied in late 2003 as part of my university degree in journalism and media studies. I had recently discovered the original handouts and have decided to digitally retype them for your reading pleasure, along with my own further commentary. The handouts were originally produced … Continue reading INTERVIEWING: What to do…and what not to do (Part 1)

ARCS: A way for indie authors to self-promote and get great reviews

For writers and poets looking to escape the cycle of a million rejections by mainstream publishers and who would prefer to go it alone, self-publishing can be a daunting task. Without the publicity machine offered by the big-name book publishers, it can be hard to find time, energy and money to get your work out there into bookshops and people’s shelves. Plus marketing skills do not naturally come to everyone. Thankfully the internet has made things much easier. Self promotion on ‘indie author’ websites, as well as social networks, has increasingly helped self-driven authors to bypass the suits and agents … Continue reading ARCS: A way for indie authors to self-promote and get great reviews