Online journalism: pitching and writing for modern media
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HJ096
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
Online outlets have the capacity to reach readers around the globe twenty-four hours a day. But how do you create compelling copy for online news and features? And what other kinds of writing might be required? This workshop introduces students to the key elements of and approaches to writing for the modern media.
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?
- Pitching and writing news for online outlets.
- Pitching and writing features for online outlets.
- Other copy required by digital outlets.
- Opportunities for writers in the modern media.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- The key elements of pitching and writing online news items.
- The key elements of pitching and writing online features.
- Approaches to other copy required by online outlets.
- How to exploit opportunities for writers in the modern media.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course designed for those interested in learning the basics about digital journalism across a range of mediums.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through a mix of pair work, group work, tutor instruction, writing exercises and reading exercises.
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?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work 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.
Laura Silverman is Features Editor of Country Living. She has also worked at Cosmopolitan, The Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Mail, editing and writing features for print and online. Her work ranges from profile interviews to pieces on food trends. She read Philosophy & Theology at Oxford University and has a PGDip in Magazine Journalism from City University.
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.