What is the course about?
This is a course for people of all ages who would like to see how journalists write and to try it for themselves. It's your chance to work within a group, to come up with ideas, interview people, find the facts, get the quotes and write the stories up as journalist do.
Tony Padman became a journalist in 2000 by starting off as a news reporter on regional and national newspapers. After a solid grounding in news, he turned to features writing stories on health, religion, sport, travel and food. He now specialises in news, interviews, entertainment and general features for national newspapers.
What will we cover?
- coming up with ideas
- how to write riveting but balanced articles
- what facts you need
- what questions you should ask.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- write in a journalistic style
- use plain English to tell your story
- grab the readers' attention with your writing
- use quotes and facts to add tone and drama.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is an introductory course and no previous knowledge or skills are required. Energy and enthusiasm are more important than writing experience. It is also suitable for foreign language students with a reasonable level of English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is highly practical course with a focus on both group and individual work. We will have discussions from articles including those of the tutor’s own work; short films showing how news and features journalists and editors generate, operate and produce articles. You also have the chance to quiz the tutor on what it’s like to work as a freelance journalist.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional costs. Bring pen & paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build offer a range of courses in journalism for students with differing levels of experience. For more information, browse the writing section of our website.
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