Journalism Skills for Beginners
What you'll learn
- Over 80 lectures and over 3 hours of content!
- Report and write a good feature story
- Write a story and get paid
- Learn how to get published
- Learn how writing for free can lead to getting paid
- Learn key reporting practices
- Learn key writing practices
- Learn the secrets of how to please editors
- Prepare a feature story for publication
- Understand how to get published
- Understand the opportunities for getting published
- Understand the need to build a portfolio
- Understand the benefits of internships
- Understand the pitfalls
- Understand the Journalist’s Code of Ethics
- Understand why failure is part of the road to success
- Take care with your image on social media
- Gain a glimpse of why journalism is a great career
- Pen and writing pad
- Laptop or PC to take notes and carry out the exercises
- Keenness to report and write a good feature story!
All you need to report and write a feature story and get it published
Do you want to interview the Dalai Lama, report on a local issue in your community, write up a good story for your blog or website, or break into journalism as a possible career?
Journalism for Beginners is a “fast track” course infused with practical advice on how to report and write a feature story with the aim to get it published.
Journalism for Beginners – in a total of over 80 lectures and 3 hours of videos - includes an overview of the whole reporting and writing process, and then is split into three main sections – Reporting, Writing, and Getting Published.
The emphasis of this course is on reporting, writing and selling your story – making an income from the sale of your story. That is the goal medium to long term, deriving income from the sale of your stories. But it also includes some of the tactics needed to build up a portfolio of stories – some of which may be published for free – in order to demonstrate to prospective editors that you can report and write, and know your subject.
KEEP YOUR EDITOR HAPPY: In addition, the course includes “secret tips” on how to deal with editors. These tips are entitled: Keep Your Editor Happy. And with good reason! If you are going to get your story published, you need to keep your editor happy – in other words, communicate with them in the right way and provide them with a story they are happy to publish.
If you are looking for a good introduction to how to report and write stories and get them published, this is it.
The aim is to produce a real story and send it to a newspaper, magazine or news service for publication. In other words – and this is important – the focus is on getting published, not just going through the motions. What matters is getting published and seeing your name online or in print.
Who this course is for:
- New freelancers
- Those keen to break into journalism
- Those who seek to brush up their journalism skills
- Website owners who seek to tell a good story
- Bloggers keen to tell good stories
- Those seeking to add journalism skills to their skill-set
- Those who recognize storytelling skills can benefit their existing career
Over the last decade and more, I have trained journalists and people completely new to reporting in how to pursue great journalism. My training draws on three decades of reporting, including interviews with the Dalai Lama, being bombed in Afghanistan, hanging out with guerrillas in northern Iraq, covering hill tribes in Thailand, having run-ins with the Mafia, covering threats to the environment, and chasing entrepreneurs for business stories. I’ve worked on both sides of the desk – as a reporter and as an editor – as well as managed news agencies. I am passionate about great storytelling and investigative reporting.