The London School of Journalism

Introduction to Journalism


This day-time beginners' course is designed to introduce students to the skills that journalists require. You will discover how stories progress from the idea to publication. Work is carried out individually, in pairs and as part of a small team and feedback is given throughout. By the end of the three days, students should be able to write in a journalistic style and have a good understanding of how journalists operate.

Tutor: Tony Padman began his journalism career in 2000 as a news reporter on regional and national newspapers. After a solid grounding in hard and soft news, he turned to features by writing stories on health, religion, sport, education, travel and food. He has written news and features for both the tabloid and broadsheet press and now specialises in news, interviews, education, entertainment and general features. He has interviewed a diverse group of people ranging from Jamie Oliver to Simon Weston, Nancy Dell'Olio, Eddie Kidd, Pierce Brosnan, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Sir Peter O'Sullevan, Eddie Kidd, Derek Jameson, Eddy Shah, Harry Gregg, Baroness Shirley Williams and the cast of Downton Abbey, The Bill and Coronation Street. He undertook his teaching qualification in 2008 and has been lecturing on a part-time basis ever since

Day 1: News What is news, intros, inverted pyramid, structure, sources, questions, facts, the 5 Ws, quotes, interviewing for news, making your story stand up, police, councils, press officers, skills, qualities, mistakes to avoid, balance, writing and editing
Day 2: News/Features Where to find news, teasing the reader, meeting deadlines, writing and editing, news in brief, taste, advertising, news vs features, what is a feature, feature intros, endings, meeting the brief, finding a hook, writing the feature, great quotes, style
Day 3: Features/Vox Pops/Law/Commissioning Feature ideas, getting the best quotes, body language, killer questions, structure, interviewing for features, the features brief, more on writing the feature, vox pops, how to conduct vox pops, the IPSO, the courts, commissioning, the job market, future options, Q&A
Assignments:   Students will work on news reports, features and interviews during the course.
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