Tabloid newspaper tales
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: HJ108
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
This course will show you how British newspapers have evolved since the 60s, from black and white to colour; from Fleet Street to Docklands; and the move from manual to automated production. From this, you will learn how a frontpage functions and write your own news story.
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?
- How newspapers were produced then and now.
- The big front page stories from the last 50 years.
- The move from broadsheet to tabloid newspapers.
- How journalists write news and features stories.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand how British newspapers have developed.
- Understand how newspapers are organised from editorial to advertising.
- Write a news story.
- Write a feature story.
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 reasonable 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 about
articles including those of the tutor’s own work; about short films showing how news and features journalists and editors generate, operate and produce articles and we will use some of the tutors’ articles during the writing exercises. You will also take part in group work and you have the chance to quiz the tutor on what it’s like to work as a freelance journalist.
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.
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?
No additional costs. Bring pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit run a range of beginner, intermediate and advanced journalism courses. Please search our website for
'journalism' to find more courses.
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.
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Friday from 12:00 – 19:00. See the course guide for term dates and further details.
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.