What is the course about?
Digital journalism is the future of journalism. Online outlets have the capacity to reach readers around the globe twenty-four hours a day. But how do you create compelling copy for online news and features? And what other kinds of writing might be required? This day workshop introduces students to the key elements of and approaches to writing for the modern media.
The Tutor: Laura Silverman has been a journalist for 15 years. She has edited The Sunday Telegraph’s lifestyle supplement, interviewed celebrities for The Mail on Sunday's YOU magazine, commissioned arts pieces for The Times and overseen a literary journal. She is now a freelance features writer and editor, covering everything from food trends to relationships. She holds an MA in Philosophy & Theology from Oxford University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism from City University.
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?
- Pitching and writing news for online outlets.
- Pitching and writing features for online outlets.
- Other copy required by digital outlets.
- Opportunities for writers in the modern media.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- The key elements of pitching and writing online news items.
- The key elements of pitching and writing online features.
- Approaches to other copy required by online outlets.
- How to exploit opportunities for writers in the modern media.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course designed for those interested in learning the basics about digital journalism across a range of mediums.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through a mix of pair work, group work, tutor instruction, writing exercises and reading exercises.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for Build writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work 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.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details