Writing News Content and Articles

This course will help you get from a blank page to the final draft using practices and structures you will find easy to adopt and remember. The one-day course mixes theory and practical work with feedback from the tutor.

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Let us know if you're interested in attending, we may be able to schedule a new workshop.
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Or call: 020 7164 6405

Course Information

Duration
One day: 10am to 4:30pm
Venue
Henshall Centre, 5 Glasshouse Walk, Vauxhall, London SE11 5ES

Course content

Writing news stories

  • A clear definition of what makes news
  • Identifying all the news elements in a story
  • Understanding what determines the strength of a news story
  • How to write introductions that draw the reader into the news story
  • Mastering the golden rules of intro writing
  • How to write clear, lively sentences
  • Using quotes effectively
  • Making the story flow

Writing features

  • The distinction between news and features
  • The role of features
  • Understanding the twenty basic types of feature article
  • How to spot feature angles in your day-to-day work
  • Identify angles that interest a readership
  • Shape and pace feature articles
  • The intro and its vital role in a feature article. Why some intros work and others don’t
  • Using paragraphs to create a flowing story
  • Ways of structuring, styling and ending your article for maximum impact
  • Why the word count is critical
  • Interviewing skills that will make your article more authoritative and balanced
  • Using those skills to handle the internal politics surrounding feature articles

Workshop Leader

Ann Wright

Ann’s a media consultant with a background in TV. She‘s done some fascinating undercover reporting in her time, including having her hair done at Britain’s dodgiest salon. 

Book your place

Let us know if you're interested in attending, we may be able to schedule a new workshop.
Register your interest now

Or call: 020 7164 6405

Course Information

Time
One day: 10am to 4:30pm
Venue
Henshall Centre, 5 Glasshouse Walk, Vauxhall, London SE11 5ES