Introduction to journalism

Course Dates: 21/04/20 - 26/05/20
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: International House

On this course students will explore the basic skills a freelance journalist needs to write and sell news and features to newspapers and magazines. From developing ideas and identifying outlets to interview skills and approaching editors.


What is the course about?

Students on this course will enjoy a well-rounded introduction to the basics of freelance journalism. The key components of writing news, features and vox pops will be discussed. You'll also learn how to put stories together and get them published.

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?

- News and feature writing.
- Editing skills.
- Interviewing technique.
- How to use facts and quotes.

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

Write a news introduction.
- Write a feature introduction.
- Understand the difference between news and features.
- Edit your stories to length.

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

The course is an introduction course and no previous knowledge or skills are required. Energy and enthusiasm are more important than writing experience. It is also suitable for foreign language students with a reasonable level of English.

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

This is a highly practical course with a focus on both group and individual work. We will have discussions from articles including those of the tutor’s own work; short films showing how news and features journalists and editors generate, operate and produce articles; we will use some of the tutors’ articles during the writing exercises; there will also be group work within the college and you have the chance to quiz the tutor on what it’s like to work as a freelance journalist.

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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An interesting all-round introduction to journalism with plenty of practical exercises.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/11/2019)
Great course and great teacher
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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
Tony Padman

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.

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Course Code: HJ005

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Tue, eve, 21 Apr - 26 May '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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

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