Journalism Masterclass: The Ultimate Guide To News Writing

Tips For Journalists And News Writers
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  • Lectures 26
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2013 English

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"Simple and precious..." -- MAX KOVALEV, UDEMY STUDENT

"I feel I've catapulted ahead..." -- PETER SKODA, UDEMY STUDENT

"Real world knowledge that will change the way you write immediately..." -- DARLENE B. MATTHEWS, UDEMY STUDENT

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"It is just a treat to listen to someone who knows so well what he is talking about; the course was perfect..." -- CHRIS HEMMES, UDEMY STUDENT

"Excellent introduction to the core writing principles that separate mediocre writing from elite writing..." -- GH, UDEMY STUDENT


"Foundational principles for understanding the art of telling a story..." -- SANDY, UDEMY STUDENT

"The news writing course you wish you had in school..." -- MATE HORVATH, UDEMY STUDENT

"Gives you the tools to write news stories that will captivate readers and gain followers..." -- ANNA TIERNEY, UDEMY STUDENT

Ever dreamed of becoming a news journalist for a top national or international newspaper?

Or maybe you're looking to sharpen your news-writing skills to the level of the world's best reporters and editors?

Perhaps you're a blogger who wants to learn how to present news articles in a more professional way?

If so, how would you like to know the writing secrets of the world's best newspaper editors?

Here's your chance to learn from someone who has taught some of the most high-profile journalists in the world how to improve their storytelling -- and who has worked for some of the world's biggest news organizations, including The Economist, Financial Times and Bloomberg News.

"Most great teachers can't write, and most great writers can't teach. Shani Raja is one of the few who excels at both. I managed dozens of reporters and editors during my 12-year career at Bloomberg News. Now he's the person I go to when I want help with my writing..." -- NICOLAS JOHNSON, FORMER BLOOMBERG AND GLOBE AND MAIL EDITOR, AND POLITICAL CANDIDATE FOR PARLIAMENT OF ONTARIO, CANADA.

"As a young reporter my prose might have been robotic and jargon-laden if not for Shani's watchful eye and attention to the elusive human interest behind ostensibly technical stories. Beyond the standard (yet crucial) reporting skills--like accuracy, clarity and integrity--I also learned refinement, how to withstand impulses toward glibness and cynicism that can naturally set in when oft revisiting the same beat. Shani will teach you how to write well, and with grace..." -- HAWA ALLAN, WRITER AND LAWYER.

This course provides working and aspiring journalists with the core news writing skills needed to write news for the world's leading newspapers.

The lectures guide students through the core pillars of an effective news story--from the lead paragraph through to the proper illustration and contextualisation of news.

The lectures run for an hour, after which students and practitioners of journalism will be able to structure a news article with ease and precision for any of the world's top publications.

This course gives you the foundation for excellent news writing. If you're keen to learn writing for business and other purposes, please check out my SECRET SAUCE OF GREAT WRITING and WRITING WITH FLAIR: HOW TO BECOME AN EXCEPTIONAL WRITER courses.

What are the requirements?

  • The student requires only notepaper or a laptop to take notes and carry out the exercises

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course, students will know exactly how to write news articles that appeal to the world's top newspapers

Who is the target audience?

  • The course is intended for working or aspiring journalists of any ability. It will mostly benefit journalists with an ambition to write for the world's best-selling newspapers

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction to news writing

This lecture outlines the critical difference between ordinary journalism and the type of distinguished news writing demanded by the world's leading newspapers.

Section 2: Core news writing skills

This lecture explains what news is fundamentally.


This lecture explains how to go beyond merely reporting news and toward creating powerful perspectives for readers through your writing.


This lecture explains the different types of perspectives that can be created in news leads.


This lecture explains the importance of illustrating the historical and/or thematic context of any news story.


This lecture explains how to go about deciding the best perspective to create in your news story.


This lecture recaps key lessons learned so far.

Section 3: The structure of a news article

This lecture outlines the classic structure of a good news story.


This lecture explains how to create a perfect lead paragraph.


This lecture explains the importance of getting exactly the right nuance in the lead.


This lecture stresses the importance of getting as much drama out of your lead as possible.


This lecture shows how a good lead helps structure the whole of your article.


This lecture explains the typical role and function of the second paragraph in a news article.


This lecture explains the typical role and function of the third, or context, paragraph.


This lecture explains how to choose the best quote to go with your story.


This lecture recaps key lessons learned so far.

Section 4: Journalism do's and dont's

This lecture explains the importance of being clear on the who and what of a news story.


This lecture explains the importance of eliminating any ambiguity from your news story.


This lecture explains the importance of stripping out all jargon from your news story.


This lecture explains the importance of steering clear of cliches in your article.


This lecture explains the importance of choosing the correct amount of detail to include in your news story.


This lecture explains the importance of building pictures into your news stories.


This lecture explains the importance of letting numbers tell a story.


This lecture explains the importance of tying news to people and emotions.

Section 5: Summary & Exercises

This lecture explains how the principles taught in this course will help you shine among your journalist peers.


This lecture provides news writing exercises to help process the key principles taught in this course.

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Instructor Biography

Shani Raja, Editor, Writing Coach & Lecturer

Shani Raja teaches top journalists how to improve their writing and has written and edited for some of the world's biggest news organizations, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Financial Times and Bloomberg News. Shani has also taught advanced writing skills to professionals and edited for leading global companies from Microsoft and IBM to PwC. He also teaches journalism to undergraduates.

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