Scottish TV newsrooms have faced unprecedented challenges in the past two years. The fallout from Brexit, Black Lives Matter, Holyrood elections, Cop26 and the pandemic have tested journalists as never before.
Brexit, a global pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests and the rise of fake news have ensured that journalists across Scotland have never been busier than in these past two years. RTS Scotland hears from those that run the newsrooms and those on the ground, all of whom have been challenged, and delivered:
News Camera Masterclass with Mark Davey
ITN news camera operator Mark Davey told an RTS Student Crafts Skills Masterclass that sound journalistic skills, the ability to form good relationships and a keen logistical sense were all essential for his job.
It was Davey who worked alongside ITN reporter Robert Moore and producer Sophie Alexander as the only news crew to film inside the US Capitol when in January pro-Trump insurrectionists stormed Congress after claiming that the US Presidential election had been stolen from then.
In May 2020, RTS Isle of Man hosted its first online event, examining how news from the Isle of Man was being reported and how media conferences were conducted under social distancing requirements.
One year on, James Davis is joined by representatives of the Island’s media to discuss just what it’s like to report the news during a global pandemic and continue to do so in what appears to be our new digital-only world.
Editorial and technical experts from the BBC and ITV discuss their careers and how best to get your foot in the newsroom door. Host Nesta McGregor, BBC Senior Sports Journalist is joined by Rajiv Popat, ITV News Central On-Screen Journalist, Kath Stanczyszyn, BBC Political Reporter, Lucy Kapasi, ITV News Central Content Editor, and Sam Hughes, BBC Technical Operator.
The new position has been created to demonstrate the channel’s commitment to reporting on climate change.
Thomas-Peter will leave her position as Sky News’s US correspondent, after covering hard-hitting stories across the US, including the #MeToo movement, the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the Trump presidency, the opioid drugs crisis and the rise of the far right.
The reporter also sailed around Britain as part of an expedition for a documentary analysing the effects of ocean plastics on the environment.
Beth Rigby is the stand-out political broadcaster of our times. This is despite the former print journalist having been on our screens for only three years. No one asks the acute, no-nonsense yet empathetic questions like the new political editor of Sky News. And no one does it in her accent.
She drops so many Gs that Rigby dreads party conferences in Birmin’ham. We worked together on the Times, where she was a scoop-winning media editor – and when I saw her first steps on Sky News I knew, as her bosses obviously did, that a star had been born.
I was sweltering in the heat of a classroom inside the fortress that serves as the headquarters of Vietnam’s state news broadcaster when my phone vibrated with a call from Scotland. I’d been flirting with STV News regarding a move for a few months.
Aside from my translator, none of the 20 journalists I was teaching (digital skills for broadcast journalists, since you ask) could speak English. I didn’t have to step out of the room when I fibbed and said, of course, it would be easy for me to visit Glasgow in a few days’ time for an interview for the head of news job.