The London School of Journalism

Go Freelance!

An evening class for those wishing to be freelance journalists. The aim of this course is to facilitate entry into the profession, to show how to launch a career in freelance journalism or to help existing writers add to their existing skills. By the end of the course, participants should be well prepared to develop a career as a freelance writer.

This course is tutored by Nick Barlay, an established freelance journalist and author.

  Week 1: Introduction to Journalism and writing news: basics of news, what makes news and how it's written, all of which underpins everything else in journalism
  Week 2: Ideas and Angles (1): switch to a feature-writing perspective to look at what an angle is, what makes an idea viable and how to think about forming proposals (1)
  Week 3: Ideas and Angles (2): a detailed look at proposals and key ingredients to consider - the first optional assignment is to write a proposal
  Week 4: Research: basics of research, sources, how to think about supporting an idea, and what makes an idea stand up
  Week 5: Style, Features intros, narrative: feature style, including different types of introductions and journalistic forms - the second assignment is to write three intros to the same potential article
  Week 6: Interviewing (1): questions, ethics and developing interview structures. In particular, this session will look at human interest narratives, a key, single interview, form of journalism
  Week 7: Interviewing (2): a look at profile interviews that evoke what someone is like - different types/angles; input and role of the writer
  Week 8: Reviewing: a session on reviewing arts and culture, with a focus on review structure and style, and how to deliver opinion in the right way for a given market
  Week 9: Travel: travel-writing cuts across many markets and has many associated types of feature. This class will examine the forms, styles and development of commercial travel features
  Week 10: Freelancing: money, rights, tax and other need-to-know issues for potential freelancers, as well as a look back at proposals and where to go from here

There are four writing assignments included in the course - all of which will be reviewed by the course tutor.

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