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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: 19 January 2021
  • 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.

Secure your place with a deposit

If you're booking two months or more before the course starts, we can accept a £100 deposit to secure your place.

The balance is due one month before the course starts.

Our standard booking terms and conditions apply.

Email us to find out how: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

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.

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.

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 (19 January - 23 March 2021)

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 (19 January - 23 March 2021)

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