Journalism: How to Write News and Feature Articles

130 TUTOR: Tony Padman

Have you read articles in newspapers, magazines or newsletters and wished that you could not only write like that but get paid to do so? On this practical course for beginners, you will discover the basic skills needed to write news and features from a professional Fleet Street journalist. You will explore how these stories begin and finally end up on the printed page. The tutor will cover everything from ideas to interviewing, writing, editing, legal issues and selling your stories. If you have always wanted to write about your favourite subject, work or hobby and enjoy finding stories that people want to read, then this course will show you how.

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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

Course Tutor

Tony Padman

About Tony

Tony Padman studied journalism at the University of London and then undertook advanced courses in news and feature writing, media law and interviewing skills. He began his journalism career in 2003 writing for local newspapers, The London Evening Standard and then as a foreign correspondent. He now writes news and features for a broad range of national newspapers and magazines. He took his teaching qualification in 2008 and then returned to the University of London - this time as a sessional journalism lecturer.

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WK 1 11 Jul - 15 Jul

WK 2 18 Jul - 22 Jul

WK 3 25 Jul - 29 Jul

WK 4 1 Aug - 5 Aug

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