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New year, new media: 22 journalism predictions for 2022

Patricia Cruz



It’s the beginning of a new year and editors and reporters across the country are sharing their journalism predictions for 2022.

Journalists, trainees and journalism tutors all know the importance of keeping up with trends, making the most of available technology and anticipating what the biggest stories of the year will be.

The media industry is always changing, making it one of the most thrilling careers to pursue.

At we’ve spoken to journalists in a range of jobs and trawled the internet to find out 22 journalism predictions for 2022 from those who live and the breathe it.


1. Chandni Sembhi, senior producer, PinkNews

“Telling stories on social media doesn’t come without its challenges. With limits to video length and how many characters you can use, journalists should make sure they are still able to tell the entire story, especially with misinformation and disinformation spreading so quickly across social platforms.”

· Chandni Sembhi, senior producer, PinkNews

2. Beth Kirkbride, audience editor, Sheffield Star

“Video is a fundamental tenet of a newsroom strategy in this day and age, and my journalism predictions are that we’ll see short-form platforms like TikTok continue to be a big part. If you’re a young journalist thinking about skills you can equip yourself with, definitely learn how to produce and edit video content to stand yourself in good stead for multimedia journalism jobs.”

Read how Kirkbride got into entertainment journalism here.

3. Neve Gordon-Farleigh, journalism apprentice, BBC

Gordon-Farleigh said establishing your journalism career in 2022 doesn’t have to be about getting ‘traditional’ work experience.

“It’s about being able to put yourself out there. If there isn’t experience coming to you, make it yourself – create a blog or a YouTube channel for example. Showing your transferable skills might pay off more than a week of work experience where you make a few phone calls.”

Read Neve’s top tips from our social media journalism panel here.

4. Laura Garcia, multimedia journalist

“Journalists more than ever have to be willing to adapt, learn and be creative with how we newsgather and how we tell stories. There are incredible stories to be found for those willing to change, experiment and learn.”


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Read Garcia’s top tips for multimedia story-telling here.

5. Martin Booth, editor, Bristol 24/7

“Journalists have to build up their own personal brand and I think that is more relevant than ever. Video can really make a difference. Not just telling the story but telling the stories behind the story.”

· Martin Booth, editor, Bristol 24/7

6. Sophia Smith Galer, senior news reporter, VICE

To kick off the year, The Reuter’s Institute published a report looking into what trends will be shaping journalism in 2022.

Smith Galer responded with a Twitter thread giving her own journalism predictions and highlighting the importance of social and video journalism, as well as ‘personality-filled’ reporting.


7. Dorothy Reddin, royal lifestyle reporter, Daily Express

“Journalists in 2022 should ensure the average person has a champion in the media. People from all backgrounds and walks of life should be given the platforms to speak to widen people’s horizons, especially as the world becomes more digitised.”

8. Declan Carey, community news writer, In Your Area

“2022 is going to be a big year for increasing diversity in stories. Journalists who reach out to communities we don’t often hear from are going to be massively rewarded. Journalists who come from underrepresented backgrounds will also be rewarded. That expertise and lived experience is going to be increasingly important in 2022.”

9. Katharine Quarmby, freelance investigative journalist

“My journalism predictions are that we will see a deeper focus on environmental journalism this year, including, I hope, an understanding of how climate change will widen existing inequalities. I hope that 2022 will be a year in which journalists can work out how to include voices from marginalised groups in meaningful ways.”

Read what Quarmby has to say about the importance of investigative journalism here.

10. Mojo Abidi, journalist, ITV News

“In 2022, I think journalists should be focusing more on engaging younger audiences. We can do this by shifting our focus away from Twitter, and towards platforms like TikTok, Instagram and Snapchat. Digital should be a core part of any journalist’s day and storytelling, not just an afterthought!”


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11. Vicky Gayle, investigative journalist, The Bureau Local and TBIJ

“Inequalities for people with learning disabilities should definitely be a reporting focus for 2022. People with learning disabilities have been hit particularly hard by Covid-19 with regards to experiencing a higher mortality rate; poor access to health and social care; there have been concerns over access to booster jabs; and so much more.”

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12. Olivia Stringer, live news reporter, Daily Express

“In 2022 climate change is an issue that journalists really need to be focusing on. I think it’s vital that journalists make sure that it not only dominates the headlines, but that the voices of those who will be most impacted by climate change are heard.”


13. Alasdair Hooper, sports content editor, Reach plc

“For me the big change is remote working. I’m still working from home and have been since March 2020. If you find yourself in that position my advice would be to stay resilient and to stay social. Having friends in the industry can be a big help.”

14. Katie Fenton, journalist, ITV Wales

“Many people have told me they’ve disengaged with news since the Covid pandemic began dominating coverage, with so much of it negative and leaving little hope.

“Trusted, accessible and engaging coverage of the climate crisis will also become even more important. Journalists will need to provide resolutions and optimism, without undermining the seriousness of the situation.”

15. Natasha Livingston, reporter, Mail on Sunday

“I think the biggest challenge for the industry in 2022 is enabling young journalists to learn and get practical experience from senior reporters when work from home orders and cultures continue in newsrooms.

“Young people recruited on trainee schemes may be lucky enough to get paired with experienced reporters, like at the Mail on Sunday, but at other organisations young reporters can feel they have no one to turn to for advice.”

16. Joseph Timan, local democracy reporter, Manchester Evening News

“The impact of the pandemic is being felt now more than ever in the NHS and across the public sector. This will be one of the biggest challenges for the government, local councils and the wider health and social care system in 2022 – and there will be many stories to tell about how their decisions affect people.”

Find out everything you need to know about local democracy reporters here.

17. Hanna Ward, broadcast journalist and producer, BBC and Times Radio

“For me what is changing in the industry is access to individuals and telling their stories. The technology and platforms we use can be powerful and in the pandemic world, we should utilise this as much as possible.

“After COP26, Journalists should be focussing on finding more interesting and creative ways to tell climate change stories and show just how much it is impacting people across the world.”


18. Adam England, freelance journalist

“A real challenge for journalists this year is going to be winning back their audience’s trust – a lot of people have turned away from the media and it’s our job to engage with them.”

19. Dani Cole, features journalist, Manchester Mill and Sheffield Tribune

“In 2022 my journalism predictions are that we’ll see more reader-focused independent media publications start popping up – newsletter publishing has started to take off in the UK and many people are already using platforms such as Substack to share their journalism.”


20. Adam Payne, senior correspondent, Politics Home

“One major story I think looks likely to happen in 2022 is a new Prime Minister. We could very soon have a leadership contest.

“You should be thinking about the local elections on May 5th. Is there a borough, a county or a local patch that you can make your own in those elections? National publications can’t get it all themselves and I’m sure they would be very keen to be helped by your reporting.”

· Adam Payne, senior correspondent, Politics Home

21. Alessandra Galloni, editor-in-chief, Reuters

Galloni told Press Gazette her journalism predictions: “As politics and society become increasingly polarized and opinionated, there is a tremendous opportunity for publishers that offer impartial and unbiased news. Presenting rigorously fact-checked, fact-based journalism is a commercial opportunity.”


22. Inayia Angel Beddelem, trainee journalist, Journo Resources

Finally, with a new year comes new resolutions for journalists, whether early in your career or a veteran reporter. Beddelem shared some top new year’s resolutions for Journo Resources!


What are your resolutions for 2022? Here are a few to start off… #journotok #journalismgang #journalismtiktok #journalismlife #newyearsresolutions

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If your new year’s resolution is to break into the journalism industry, check out our blog on the different routes into journalism.

At we’re proud to be the UK’s number one NCTJ journalism school, and we live and breathe the changes happening in the media right now. Apply for our NCTJ multimedia journalism courses here.

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The benefits of practicing mindfulness and how to start

Alice Trout



In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of everyday life. Between work, family, and other responsibilities, we often forget to take care of ourselves. This is where mindfulness comes in. Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment, without judgment. In this article, we will explore the benefits of practicing mindfulness and how to start.

Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness

  1. Reduces stress and anxiety

Mindfulness can help to reduce stress and anxiety levels. By focusing on the present moment, you can calm your mind and reduce racing thoughts.

  1. Improves mental clarity

Practicing mindfulness can improve mental clarity and focus. It can help to clear your mind of distractions and increase productivity.

  1. Enhances self-awareness

Mindfulness can increase self-awareness and help you to understand your thoughts and emotions better. By being present in the moment, you can learn to recognize your patterns of thinking and behavior.

  1. Improves relationships

Mindfulness can help to improve relationships by increasing empathy and compassion. By being present with others, you can develop a deeper understanding of their needs and feelings.

How to Start Practicing Mindfulness

  1. Set aside time

Set aside a specific time every day to practice mindfulness. It can be as little as 5-10 minutes per day to start.

  1. Find a quiet space

Find a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed. It could be a quiet corner of your home or a quiet park.

  1. Focus on your breath

Focus on your breath and the physical sensations of breathing. Notice the rise and fall of your chest and the sensation of air moving in and out of your body.

  1. Be present

Allow yourself to be present in the moment without judgment. Let your thoughts and emotions come and go without dwelling on them.

  1. Practice regularly

Make mindfulness a regular practice. It takes time to develop the habit, but the benefits are worth it.

In conclusion, practicing mindfulness can have numerous benefits for our mental and physical well-being. It’s a simple yet powerful practice that can be incorporated into our daily lives. By setting aside a few minutes each day to practice mindfulness, we can reduce stress and anxiety, improve mental clarity, and enhance our relationships. So why not give it a try? Your mind and body will thank you for it.

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How to create a perfect morning routine for a productive day

Alice Trout



Do you ever feel like your day has gotten away from you before it even starts? One way to combat this feeling is to create a perfect morning routine. Establishing a routine can help you start your day off on the right foot, and set the tone for a productive and successful day. Here are some tips on how to create a morning routine that works for you.

Determine Your Priorities

Before you start creating a morning routine, it’s important to determine what your priorities are. What are the things that you want to accomplish in the morning? Do you want to exercise, meditate, or have a healthy breakfast? Once you have a list of your priorities, you can start creating a routine that includes them.

Wake Up at the Same Time Every Day

Waking up at the same time every day can help regulate your body’s natural sleep cycle and make it easier to fall asleep at night. Try to wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. This can help establish a consistent routine and make it easier to stick to.

Take Time for Yourself

Many people feel rushed and stressed in the morning, but taking some time for yourself can help alleviate this feeling. Whether it’s meditating, reading a book, or simply enjoying a cup of coffee, taking time for yourself can help you start your day feeling calm and centered.


Exercise is a great way to start your day, as it can help increase your energy levels and improve your mood. Whether it’s a quick jog, yoga practice, or weightlifting session, try to include some form of exercise in your morning routine.

Eat a Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day, and for good reason. Eating a healthy breakfast can help fuel your body and provide the energy you need to start your day. Try to include protein, whole grains, and fruit or vegetables in your breakfast.

Plan Your Day

Taking a few minutes to plan your day can help you stay focused and productive. Make a to-do list or set priorities for the day, and review your calendar to make sure you’re prepared for any meetings or appointments.

Stick to Your Routine

Once you’ve created a morning routine that works for you, try to stick to it as much as possible. Consistency is key, and sticking to your routine can help establish healthy habits and improve your overall productivity.

In conclusion, creating a perfect morning routine can help set the tone for a productive and successful day. By determining your priorities, waking up at the same time every day, taking time for yourself, exercising, eating a healthy breakfast, planning your day, and sticking to your routine, you can create a morning routine that works for you. Remember, it’s all about finding what works best for you and your lifestyle.

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10 simple yet effective ways to reduce stress in your daily life

Alice Trout



Stress is an inevitable part of our lives, but it can have a negative impact on our mental and physical health if left unchecked. Fortunately, there are several simple yet effective ways to reduce stress in our daily lives. In this article, we will explore 10 such methods that you can easily incorporate into your routine.

Exercise regularly

Physical activity is an excellent way to relieve stress. It helps to release endorphins, which are natural mood-boosters. You don’t have to engage in high-intensity workouts to reap the benefits. Even a brisk walk or light yoga can help reduce stress levels.

Get enough sleep

Lack of sleep can cause irritability, mood swings, and increase stress levels. Make sure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night to feel well-rested and refreshed.

Practice deep breathing

Deep breathing techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing can help to calm your mind and body. Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat this for a few minutes to feel relaxed.

Spend time in nature

Spending time in nature can have a calming effect on your mind and body. Take a walk in the park or go for a hike in the woods to feel rejuvenated.

Practice mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the present moment without judgment. It can help to reduce stress and anxiety levels. Set aside a few minutes every day to practice mindfulness meditation.

Listen to music

Music has a soothing effect on our minds. Listening to calming music can help to reduce stress levels. Create a playlist of your favorite relaxing tunes and listen to it when you feel stressed.

Practice yoga or tai chi

Yoga and tai chi are ancient practices that combine physical postures and breathing techniques. They can help to reduce stress levels and promote relaxation.

Connect with loved ones

Talking to friends and family members can help to reduce stress levels. It can provide a sense of comfort and support during challenging times.

Practice gratitude

Focusing on the positive aspects of life can help to reduce stress levels. Make a habit of practicing gratitude by writing down things you are thankful for every day.

Take breaks

Taking short breaks throughout the day can help to reduce stress levels. Go for a short walk, practice deep breathing or simply take a few moments to close your eyes and relax.

In conclusion, stress is a part of life, but it doesn’t have to take over. By incorporating these simple yet effective methods into your daily routine, you can reduce stress levels and improve your overall well-being. Remember, taking care of yourself should always be a top priority.

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