Journalism for Beginners - from News to Reviews at Nottingham Trent University

Journalism for Beginners - from News to Reviews at Nottingham Trent University


This course is about how to develop your journalistic skills, and the best routes to get your words and pictures noticed.

It’s ideal of you like to research ideas and evaluate information, and want to learn how to improve your writing style for different audiences.

Being able to write captivating stories, articles and reviews is an essential skill all journalists must possess.

So is being able to understand industry expectations and how to navigate your way to find the right person who'll appreciate the content you've created.

This course will address both of these issues, helping you develop the technical skills in creating original work, as well as the process of getting published.

It’s delivered through lectures and group discussions, classroom activities and manageable homework assignments.

During this course, you will:

- evaluate and critique journalism today
- learn how to carry out research in an ethical, professional way
- complete written assignments related to current news and events
- write reviews in a subjects you’re passionate about, and learn how to develop a personal style
- devise articles that will appeal to different magazine editors and audiences
- compose a short piece for camera and, if you’re feeling brave, deliver it in a working TV studio
- write a match report for a sports event that captures all the excitement (or disappointment)
- learn about mobile journalism, and how to invite people to respond in a responsible way
- attach images to your work, and learn simple and effective techniques of photojournalism
- discover how you can get your stories seen (and even get paid)!

What will you gain?

By the end of the course, you’ll have a thorough understanding of the industry today, and the role of the responsible journalist.

You will also have a portfolio of stories, articles and images to continue working on, and ideas about how you can make your mark.

Level: Beginner

Entry requirement: An interest in news at a local and national level is important, as is being able to commit time between sessions to complete research and short writing projects.

Where you'll learn: You will be studying in the Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism, as part of the School of Arts and Humanities on the City Campus.

You will find modern teaching spaces and group study environments to develop your ideas and skills as a journalist.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Ten weeks of expert tuition from an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative maximum class size: 12


Creative Short Courses at Nottingham Trent University
50 Shakespeare Street

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


10 weeks (6:00pm to 8:30pm)

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