Writing the controversial: a taster for journalists and bloggers
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: HJ110
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
Would you like your writing to make people listen, change perceptions or provoke thought? We will explore the controversial, using constructive and investigative journalism techniques. This short course will include identifying experts and honing research skills to make your writing more effective.
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?
- Writing convincing arguments
- Ideas for making your writing more effective
- Research / investigative skills.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
By the end of the course, you will have improved your research skills and be able to put in writing a convincing argument.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is an introduction course and no previous knowledge or skills are required. Energy and enthusiasm are more important than writing experience. It is also suitable for foreign language students with a reasonable level of English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Group discussion, information from the tutor, opportunities to practise writing a convincing argument with constructive criticism from the tutor and class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Just something for you to take notes as you would like.
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.
Susan Grossman has had a long career as a travel, food and health writer. She has broadcast for BBC Radio 4, presented the Food and Drink programme for BBC2, been travel editor for the Telegraph Magazine, and published five travel guidebooks. She lectures on the Journalism MA at Westminster University and teaches journalism at City University. She is a ILM-certified career coach and mentor and runs regular workshops for freelancers and media professionals.
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.