What is the course about?
This one-day course is designed to equip you with the tools you need to write news and features for the newspaper and magazine market. You will discover how to develop news and features, and how they end up on the printed page.
Students say: "I really enjoyed this course - it has given me the spark to do more and find out more!"; "The course was packed full of interesting and informative material"; "A really good overview and introduction - practical and helpful."
The Tutor: Tony Padman became a journalist in 2002, starting off as a news reporter on regional and national newspapers, and magazines. After a solid grounding in news, he turned to writing features on health, religion and sport. He now works as a freelance newspaper journalist specialising in news, interviews, entertainment and general features.
Build reserves the right to change course tutors from those advertised in this outline. In line with our refund policy we are unable to grant a refund on the grounds of a change of tutor.
What will we cover?
- Where do news and features stories come from?
- Who do you quote and what questions do you ask
- Writing and editing
- How to avoid the mistakes journalists make.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Write in the style of a news and features journalist
- Develop new skills in editing
- Understand how quotes work for news and features
- Structure a short news and features article.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for absolute beginners and no skills are needed.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using a mix of individual, group work, tutor presentation and in-class writing exercises.
All writing courses at Build will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.
For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Paper and pens.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build run a range of beginner, intermediate and advanced journalism courses. Please search our website for 'journalism' to find more courses.
All students are invited to join us at Build Talks Back, our monthly performance night for Build writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Students are also encouraged to submit to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on and Twitter.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details