LSJ

LONDON SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM


       
  Course Fee: £ 365 (inc vat)  
  Course Date and start time:
29/10/16
 
    Five Saturdays, 9.30am until 4.00pm.

News Journalism

 

A five week Saturday course providing an introduction to news and features journalism.

This course will give you a good grounding in how news and features are put together plus valuable feedback on the pieces that you write. If you are thinking of working in print journalism, this course will give you a good opportunity to discover if you would really enjoy it - and whether you can do it - before you give up your existing career.

Note: This course is identical to the 12 week evening course. At the end of the course, students will have a further seven weeks to complete their assignments, during which time they can contact the tutor for any advice they may need. Students then email or post the assignments to the School for marking. The Saturday course is particularly suitable for those who may have difficulty getting to the Wednesday evening class for 6.30pm.

There are short pieces of writing practice during the course with plenty of feedback throughout and four writing assignments - editing, news, features and a vox pop. Students will have their assignments graded and be given written feedback from the course tutor.

Students will have a further five weeks after the course to complete their assignments, during which time they can contact the tutor for any advice they may need. Students then email their assignments to the School for marking.

The course tutor will be Tony Padman, an experienced journalist who has written news and features for local, regional and national newspapers. He now specialises in entertainment stories for national newspapers.

  Week 1:   Introduction, course aims, syllabus, brief on assignments, the quick interview, life as a freelance journalist, skills and qualities you need, where to find news, what is news and what isn't news, what do editors look for in a story, avoiding the mistakes, what makes news, questions, quotes.
  Week 2:   News intros, the 5 Ws, inverted pyramid, balance, economy of writing, who to quote, what to ask, what to include Vs what to leave out, making the story stand up, how to write the story, good vs bad reporting, news values, finding the facts, probing, believing in the story, fine tuning, news structure, dealing with the police, council and press officers, fact checking, order of the story.
  Week 3:   Writing to length, editing, deadlines, news in brief, avoiding hype and advertising, listing the questions together, asking the killers questions, vox pops, how to conduct them, topics for vox pops, how to present the vox pop, how to use hard and soft news for vox pops.
  Week 4:   News vs features, features intros, endings, scene setting, key quotes, meeting the brief, why features go wrong, questions to ask, shaping a feature, how the same feature can be written differently, why features go wrong, questions to ask, shaping a feature, style.
  Week 5:   Finding the right subject, arranging the interview, different styles of writing for features, easy and awkward questions, editing the feature, interview, killer questions, listing your questions, how to use the quotes, commissioning, the job market, IPSO, course review, Q&A, future options
   

 

There are four writing assignments included in the course - two news and two features. Students will have their assignments graded and be given written feedback from the course tutor.

February 2017