Friday December 4, 2020
7:30pm (CET) via Zoom
The Business of Journalism, with Tom Miles,
Rosalind Yarde-Jumbe, Tara Giroud, and Robert Bartram
We'll begin with an overview of the various outlets for anyone looking to delve into the world of journalism, whether it be through an opinion piece on Medium or a report featured in the BBC, covering a bit of everything in-between. What are editors looking for? What should you be targeting for your work?
Afterwards, we'll host a Q&A with our panelists, whose biographies are below.
Feel free to ask them anything about the business of journalism, or any follow-up questions from the previous weeks.
Tom Miles (GWG SteerCo) is a freelance non-fiction writer and editor. He spent 18 years as a correspondent and sub-editor at Reuters, the world's largest news agency.
Tom has written and edited news about international politics and economics in Geneva, Beijing, Moscow, Brussels, Hong Kong, and London, and has been frequently republished and cited in international press and broadcast media.
He has edited several non-fiction books and plays, lectured on journalism and related topics, and has long been an (anonymous) critic writing reviews of books and films.
Since leaving Reuters, Tom has branched out into non-fiction essays and blogs and is also considering writing fiction and cartoons
Rosalind Yarde-Jumbe (GWG SteerCo) is a former journalist and broadcaster. She wrote for local and national newspapers in London, including the Guardian and the Times Higher Education Supplement.
Rosalind was also a scriptwriter, producer and broadcaster at the BBC World Service for 16 years, then headed a BBC humanitarian radio project in Darfur, Sudan 2006-2008.
She lived in Tanzania 2008-2011, where she set up a media consultancy business.
Rosalind moved to Geneva in 2011, where she is Chief of News and Media at the International Labour Organization. She writes fiction and completed her first novel last year.
Tara Giroud is a journalist, writer, and editor. She has a bachelor’s in biology from DePauw University, a bachelor’s in communications from Florida Gulf Coast University, a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University, and a certificate in Copyediting from University of California San Diego.
Since 1997, Tara’s covered breaking news, investigative pieces, and long-form features for traditional and online media, including the Naples Daily News, the Bakersfield Californian, Bloomberg News in London, and NPR in Florida.
She was the managing editor of a travel blog and co-founder of a parenting blog and social media channels. She has her own freelance business in journalism, writing and editing with clients including swissinfo.ch, the international news website for Swiss public media, and a UN agency not many people have heard of, the Universal Postal Union. She’s been a member of the GWG since 2016 and has taken home the GWG first prize in both nonfiction and poetry.
Robert Bartram (GWG SteerCo) is a communications professional with 20 years’ experience drawn from a range of governmental, inter-governmental, and media organisations.
He currently freelances as a writer for both the UN and non-governmental organisations, helping them craft the stories about the great work they do across the world. In the past, he's worked as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), and many others.
Bob can often be found performing with the Renegade Saints, Geneva's highly acclaimed comedy improv troupe, which allows him to fully indulge his passion for not having a clue what he's going to say next. When he gets round to it, he can also sometimes be seen on stage as a member of the Geneva English Drama Society, which, despite the major imposition of actually having to learn lines, he finds equally enjoyable.
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