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Journalism for Beginners - from News to Reviews

Nottingham Trent University
Course summary
Professional Training
10 weeks
320.83 GBP excl. VAT

Course description

Journalism for Beginners - from News to Reviews

This course is about how to develop your journalistic skills, and the best routes to get your words and pictures noticed.

It’s ideal of you like to research ideas and evaluate information, and want to learn how to improve your writing style for different audiences.

Being able to write captivating stories, articles and reviews is an essential skill all journalists must possess.

So is being able to understand industry expectations and how to navigate your way to find the right person who'll appreciate the content you've created.

This course will address both of these issues, helping you develop the technical skills in creating original work, as well as the process of getting published.

It’s delivered through lectures and group discussions, classroom activities and manageable homework assignments.

During this course, you will:

  • evaluate and critique journalism today
  • learn how to carry out research in an ethical, professional way
  • complete written assignments related to current news and events
  • write reviews in a subjects you’re passionate about, and learn how to develop a personal style
  • devise articles that will appeal to different magazine editors and audiences
  • compose a short piece for camera and, if you’re feeling brave, deliver it in a working TV studio
  • write a match report for a sports event that captures all the excitement (or disappointment)
  • learn about mobile journalism, and how to invite people to respond in a responsible way
  • attach images to your work, and learn simple and effective techniques of photojournalism
  • discover how you can get your stories seen (and even get paid)!

What will you gain?

By the end of the course, you’ll have a thorough understanding of the industry today, and the role of the responsible journalist.

You will also have a portfolio of stories, articles and images to continue working on, and ideas about how you can make your mark.

Where you'll learn: You will be studying in the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism, as part of the School of Arts and Humanities on the City Campus.

You will find modern teaching spaces and group study environments to develop your ideas and skills as a journalist.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Tutor profiles:

With over 25 years of experience in regional newsrooms, award-winning journalist Jackie Derbyshire has worked as a photojournalist and sub-editor before leading the reporting and photography team as news editor across several news titles and websites.

Jackie has been part of the teaching team at the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism (CBJ) at NTU for six years delivering newsroom training including; photography, video, social media and newswriting skills.

Her knowledge, experience and passion for the profession will introduce you to this fascinating subject and enable you to bring your stories to a wider audience with greater appeal.

Tracy Powell is currently the Journalism Course Leader for the BA (Hons) degree course in the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism at Nottingham Trent University.

She's an award-winning journalist and award-winning teacher - receiving the Vice Chancellor's Teaching Award in 2020, and is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Before joining NTU, Tracy spent 25 years in industry as a news journalist, starting out as a reporter before eventually becoming a group editor of 5 weekly titles and associated websites and social media platforms.

She has a wealth of experience and knowledge across all areas of news gathering and storytelling from opinion writing to longform features, use of photos, audio and video across different publishing platforms, and brings her enthusiasm and passion for this medium to you on this short course.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: An interest in news at a local and national level is important, as is being able to commit time between sessions to complete research and short writing projects.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

Ten weeks of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative class size: 12

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Nottingham Trent University Creative, Language and Built Environment Short Courses One of the largest and most popular universities in the UK, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) provides beginners, improvers and professionals the opportunity to expand skills and knowledge by attending a short...

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