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BBC makes its training resources free to the public in 11 languages

BBC makes its training resources free to the public in 11 languages

Margaret Looney | June 30, 2014

If you're in the market for a free journalism education, hundreds of training materials are now at your disposal.

The BBC's College of Journalism made a slew of videos and guides - initially created to train its own journalists - available to reporters worldwide for free.

You can watch videos and tutorials made by BBC journalists in the field on journalists' safety, social media, multimedia techniques, as well as subject and writing style guides galore. Check out the whole library here.

The resources are already available in 11 languages - Arabic, Burmese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Hausa, Pashto, Persian, Russian, Swahili, Urdu and Vietnamese, and cover "the essential editorial skills that journalists working in the BBC World Service language departments use on a daily basis."

Four more languages - French (for Africa), Hindi, Indonesian and Turkish - will be available this month, and they're working on translating the site into the BBC's 27 other broadcast languages.

The resources were already available for anyone to browse, but until today the BBC enforced a subscription model for readers to gain full access to all the site's materials.

But soak up all the free knowledge while you can - the BBC is suspending the paywall only for a trial period of 12 months.

Via BBC College of Journalism

Image CC-licensed on Flickr via Tim Loudon.

IJNet Editorial Assistant Margaret Looney writes about the latest media trends, reporting tools and journalism resources.

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