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Journalism for Beginners - from News to Reviews

Journalism for Beginners
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 6 October 2020
  • Course duration: Tuesday evenings 6 - 8:30 pm, ten weeks


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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.

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

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.

Indicative maximum class size: 12

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

On 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)!

Entry requirements

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.

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.

How to apply

You can book your place via the NTU online store:

Evening course (6 October - 8 December 2020)

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can book your place via the NTU online store:

Evening course (6 October - 8 December 2020)

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £375.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £375.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418