A taste of journalism
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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.".
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
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.
City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.
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 beginner, intermediate and advanced 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.
Tony Padman became a journalist in 2002, starting off as a news reporter on regional and national newspapers, and magazines. After a solid grounding in news, he turned to writing features on health, religion and sport. He now works as a freelance newspaper journalist specialising in news, interviews, entertainment and general features.
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.