What is the course about?
Advance your journalism skills on this practical, intermediate course for freelance journalists and bloggers. You'll receive training in how to find and develop your ideas, improve your research and interviewing skills, and pitch to editors, both online and in print.
Susan Grossman has had a long career as a travel, food and health writer. She has broadcast for BBC Radio 4, presented the Food and Drink programme for BBC2, been travel editor for the Telegraph Magazine, and published five travel guidebooks. She lectures on the Journalism MA at Westminster University and teaches journalism at City University. She is a ILM-certified career coach and mentor and runs regular workshops for freelancers and media professionals.
City Lit reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.
What will we cover?
- Finding and developing ideas
- Pitching to editors online and in print
- Blogging and social media
- Finding markets.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand particular journalism markets
- Know how to sell your work to them.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate course and you should have completed a 'Ways into journalism' course at City Lit or have some experience of the subject. All should be prepared to write. You will need a good grasp of spoken and written English to participate in the course.
This course is suitable for students looking for Journalism: stage 2 with Susan Grossman, if they wish to focus on getting stories published as a freelance writer or blogger.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will have a strong practical focus. Students will complete assignments each week and submit their work for feedback from the tutor and their peers.
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?
Purchase of publications/magazines from your target area is advisable. A book list will be provided. General guides such as The Writer's Handbook and The Writers and Artists Yearbook are recommended.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Your tutor will advise you on the options available for students who wish to progress to further study.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details