What is the course about?
Learn how to write articles and sell them to commissioning editors. Discover the key skills required to produce stories to a deadline. From coming up with ideas to writing, editing and getting your work commissioned.
Tony Padman became a journalist in 2000 by starting off as a news reporter on regional and national newspapers. After a solid grounding in news, he turned to features by writing stories on health, religion, sport, travel and food. He now specialises in news, interviews, entertainment and general features for tabloid newspapers.
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?
- Generating ideas for stories
- Where to find news, features and vox pops
- Writing the story
- Getting the story right
- How to write ‘soft’ news
- Sharpening your introductions.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Write and edit an article to a deadline
- Put your news report together
- Put a feature together
- Conduct a vox pop
- Demonstrate improved confidence in your writing
- Approach commissioning editors.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory 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?
There is 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.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional costs. Bring pen & paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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