Introduction to journalism

Course Dates: 19/02/20 - 25/03/20
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

How do you become a freelance journalist? Discover the basic skills a journalist needs to write and sell news and features to newspapers, magazines, blogs and other online publications. From developing ideas and identifying outlets to interview skills and approaching editors. Led by well-established journalist and coach Susan Grossman. Suitable for those looking to refresh their skills and bloggers.


What is the course about?

The course is designed to equip those interested in freelance journalism with some of the skills and know-how required to enter this area of the media. The focus will be on contributing reviews, interviews and features to the print and online media. The course will include analysing material from current publications and generating your own copy.

Students say: "it gave me a practical understanding of journalism"; "I liked the friendly atmsophere and getting feedback on my writing"; "our tutor was very engaging and had a wealth of knowledge to share.".

What will we cover?

The course may include the following topics:
- researching and analysing the market you wish to sell to
- generating, assessing and developing story ideas
- planning and briefing for reviews/interviews/features
- timetabling your ideas, understanding commissioning editors, their cycles and deadlines
- compiling and organising your data/research
- following a style
- writing interviews/profiles pieces
- writing pitches
- editing your work.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Identify suitable markets
- Assess and select story ideas
- Write features, interviews, profiles, pieces.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is suitable for beginners, and is aimed at those who want to improve their written communication skills online or in print. It is suitable for bloggers looking to get published, those looking to write digital content, and anyone interested in becoming a journalist, either freelance or full time. Energy and enthusiasm are more important than writing experience. You will need a good grasp of spoken and written English to keep up with the course.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Teaching will be mainly in groups or pairs to facilitate practical, hands-on exposure to the ideas and information presented. Students will have the opportunity to complete in-class writing tasks.

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 Writers and Artists Yearbook, or The Writers Handbook are recommended.

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 City Lit Talks Back, our monthly performance night for City Lit writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Students are also encouraged to submit 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.


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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/04/2019)
This course is essential if you want to develop skills in pitching, structuring and writing articles. The tutor's highly interactive style and wealth of journalistic experience makes this fun as well as informative. Thanks to this course I am now being commissioned.
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Review by Sue / (Posted on 12/03/2019)
This course is fantastic. It's a great introduction to journalism - The tutor opened the door into his world for us and showed us what to look for and how write for news and features. If you are a writer or you like writing you will be fascinated by this different and specialised approach to storytelling.
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Review by Annabel Herbert / (Posted on 07/12/2018)
An inspirational course recommended for those interested in writing for journals at all types and levels. The tutor has a wealth of experience and a fund of applicable knowledge. [The tutor] has insights into the industry and has the energy and and enthusiasm to motivate and encourage students - whether they require more confidence or are already experienced contributors. Many thanks - the course was great!
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Review by Ann / (Posted on 07/03/2018)
Excellent course. A knowledgeable and highly experienced tutor, who gives practical and applicable advice to her students. Her interactive classes give students an opportunity to directly apply new knowledge and receive feedback from peers in an open and friendly context. Developing new skills and confidence, I successfully published a piece in a national paper with my first three weeks of the course. Highly recommended.
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Review by Tom O P / (Posted on 04/12/2017)
Tutor Biographies
Susan Grossman

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.

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.

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Course Code: HJ003

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Wed, day, 19 Feb - 25 Mar '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £129.00
Senior fee: £129.00
Concession: £52.00

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