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: HJ104
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
The course is designed to equip those interested in freelance journalism for newspapers and magazines with the skills and know-how required to enter this area of the media. The focus will be on news, features, interviews, vox pops and work opportunities.
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?
- Coming up with ideas
- What makes a good news story
- What makes a good feature
- How to turn news into features
- What to include & exclude in the story
- Introductions & writing the story
- How to conduct a vox pop
- Getting published.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Know where to find stories
- Write a short news report
- Write a short feature
- Interview people
- Conduct a vox pop
- Write news & feature introductions
- Write to length
- Understand the differences between news and features.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at beginners and no skills are required. Energy and enthusiasm are more important than writing experience. Foreign language students can also attend the course if they have a reasonably level of English.
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; 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.
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.
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?
No additional costs. Bring pen & paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Visit Writing > Journalism on our website for a full list of upcoming journalism courses.
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.