Journalism: How to Write News and Feature Articles

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Course Notes


What makes a news story and what are news values? Who do you quote and what do you ask? How to avoid the mistakes journalists sometimes make? What does the sub-editor do and other important roles? How do you write introductions? Where to find story ideas and sources.



How to develop your news report and contacts? How and where to find a news report and who do you speak to? Why do you use the inverted pyramid format for writing news? How do you write NIBs (news in brief)? Why the law is important. What you can and cannot write about?



When to use alternative introductions? How to interview the public for news and maintaining balance with your quotes? How to edit your story to length? How to be selective with quotes? How to write to a deadline? How to use the correct language, punctuation and grammar for news?



What are Vox Pops and what purpose do they serve? The importance of vox pops in newspapers and magazines. How do you turn a news report into a vox pop? How do you lay out your lay out your vox pop professionally? Who do you use as experts and how to fine tune the questions?



What are the different types of feature you can write about? How to interview and ask the killer questions for features? Why is body language important? How do you sell your work to an editor? What skills do you need to secure work as a journalist in the future?


Essential Equipment

Bring a pen, notepad and magazine or newspaper that you read or would like to write for

Reading List

Rusbridger, Alan Breaking News and the Remaking of Journalism Cannongate 2018

Simpson, John We Chose to Speak of War and Strife Bloomsbury, 2016

Marr, Andrew My Trade MacMillan, 2004

Greenslade, Roy Press Gang Pan, 2004

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