Editing for journalists: how to make your copy shine
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HJ109
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
Through a series of exercises, you will be shown how to write hard and soft news stories and how to edit them. This course will benefit those new to journalism and anyone looking to improve their English writing.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Editing stories using clear and simple language.
- Developing new editing skills.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Edit stories to length using clear and simple language.
- Demonstrate new skills in editing that will give you confidence in your writing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course will benefit those new to journalism and anyone looking to improve their English writing.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This 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; we will use some of the tutors’ articles during the writing exercises; and you have the chance to quiz the tutor on what it’s like to work as a freelance journalist.
Tony Padman began his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter on regional and national newspapers. After a solid grounding in hard and soft news he turned to features by writing stories on health, religion, sport, education, travel and food. He has written news and features for both the tabloid and broadsheet press and now specialises in news, interviews, education, entertainment and general features.
City Lit reserves the right to change course tutors or venues 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/venue.
City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
None. Just bring something to write on and with (pen/paper, laptop, tablet, etc.).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Check out other journalism courses - https://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/history-culture-and-writing/writing/journalism.
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.