A taste of journalism
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HJ035
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
This taster course is designed to equip you with the tools you need to write news and features for the newspaper and magazine market. You will discover how to develop news and features, and how they end up on the printed page.
Students say: "I really enjoyed this course - it has given me the spark to do more and find out more!"; "The course was packed full of interesting and informative material"; "A really good overview and introduction - practical and helpful.".
What will we cover?
- Where do news and features stories come from?
- Who do you quote and what questions do you ask.
- Writing and editing.
- How to avoid the mistakes journalists make.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Write in the style of a news and features journalist.
- Develop new skills in editing.
- Understand how quotes work for news and features.
- Structure a short news and features article.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for absolute beginners and no skills are needed.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using a mix of individual, group work, tutor presentation and in-class writing exercises.
All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Paper and pens.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit run a range of journalism courses. Please search our website for 'journalism' to find more courses.
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
Yvonne Singh was a staff journalist at The Guardian for over a decade, and her work has been published in that paper as well as The Observer, The Mirror, The London Evening Standard, the BBC World website, Marie Claire, Middle East Eye, Commonwealth Writers and The Big Issue among others. She contributed to the Know Your Place anthology that was featured in Guardian Weekend and in the Seaside Photographed exhibition that toured British art galleries in 2021. Her long read essay for The Guardian on her Caribbean origins was one of the paper’s most read in 2019 and her piece on a Trinidadian Hummingbird Sanctuary in November 2020 was praised in a Virago OurShelves podcast. Yvonne has also worked as an editor in a voluntary capacity for the Caribbean literary magazine Pree. Yvonne holds an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University – her debut manuscript received a distinction and was awarded second prize in the SI Leeds Literary Prize 2018. She was a judge for the SI Leeds 2020 prize. Her short stories have been shortlisted for the Seán Ó Faoláin prize, longlisted for the Brick Lane Bookshop Prize and Black Spring Press, and have appeared in the acclaimed journal Southword.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.