Monday, June 27, 2005
UK: BBC will double investment in training journalists
Resulting from a faulty story that tipped off the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction investigations and caused the resignation of two top company men, the BBC announced that it will raise the money it spends on journalistic training from GBP 5 million to 10 million by 2008. This training will be an obligatory part of all BBC journalists' careers, who will also be given yearly training. Editors are to receive advanced training in ethics, values and dilemmas. The BBC has already provided training to 18,000 members of its staff through courses and workshops. As public trust in print journalism falls, newspapers may want to consider a similar strategy for their journalists.
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