Writing sports news and features

Course Dates: 14/01/19 - 18/02/19
Time: 19:40 - 21:40
Location: FRA - Fashion Retail Academy
Tutor: Charles Runcie

Whether you want to write about tennis, athletics or the Women's Premier League, this short introductory course offers guidance on crafting quality sports news and features for online, print and broadcast. The course includes expert guidance from an ex-BBC sports editor and numerous guest speakers currently working in sports journalism.

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Writing sports news and features


What is the course about?

This course is the perfect springboard for students with an interest in sport who wish to enhance their journalism skills. Taught in a practical, interactive and supportive manner, this course teaches the key elements of sports reporting both on and off the pitch.

Students say: "it was interesting and fun!"; "very good insight and enthusiasm from the tutor for all forms of sports journalism."

The Tutor
Charles Runcie is former head of BBC Sport in the English regions and has over thirty years of experience as a BBC journalist.

What will we cover?

- What are the different mediums of sports journalism?
- What makes a good sports journalist?
- What are the different types of sports journalism?
- How do I write in the sports genre effectively?
- What are the key considerations relating to law, finance and the media?

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

- Understand the different mediums of sports journalism
- Understand what makes a good sports journalist
- Understand the different types of journalism and attempt to write in the genre for yourself.

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

This is an introductory course open to writers at all levels.

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

- Group learning, with presentation, slides and AV followed by discussion and Q+A
- Practical work exercises
- Speeches delivered by guests from the sports media
- Pair work
- Formal instruction from the tutor.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Writing materials.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

City Lit offer a range of journalism courses at a range of levels. Browse the writing section of our website to find the perfect course for you.

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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Book your place

Course Code: HJ024

Mon, eve, 14 Jan - 18 Feb '19

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £119.00
Senior fee: £119.00
Concession: £48.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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