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How to write successfully for newspapers - 6 Month Course

In the modern internet world, there are many new opportunities for newspaper freelance writers. This course will take you through ways to have your work in print. As the outline shows, the course is flexible, so that with your tutor's help and support you will write about what you want, with a target market in mind. This means that very quickly you will sending out work for possible publication.

1) Who Am I As a Writer + What Do I Know.

To be able to sustain a career in writing, or to work through to finish a project, it's important to understand why you want to write. In section 1 of the course, we will spend time thinking about your motivation, because once you understand that, you can ride it like a rocket to achieve your goals. Along with your desire to write, is knowing what to write about. So, from the start, we'll get you to conduct a personal knowledge audit, that is, list all the things you know and can write about.

Assignment:

Background information on yourself as a writer; a list of what you know; write a reader's letter.

2) Researching Markets + Letters & Fillers + Editing.

Would you try selling fridges at the south pole? (I'm hoping you're saying 'No'!) So too, even a fascinating, well written article sent to the wrong publication will be rejected. That's why in section 2 we'll start looking at where you can send your copy*. This is also the section when we'll be asking you to send out your first piece of work, a reader's letter. We'll also begin looking at editing your work.
* copy is newspaper speak for a piece of writing.

Assignment:

Researching the newspaper market; editing a text. Plus specific, individual activities set by tutor as required.

3) Online Writing + Checking the Facts.

To be a successful writer for newspapers in 2016 requires that you have an online presence. So in section 3 we'll look at Twitter, Facebook and Blogs to see how you can use them to develop your career. The old Fleet Street saying is: 'Don't let the facts get in the way of a good story'. However, to play fast and loose with factual information is a road to disaster. Don't worry though, as we'll take you through ways you can avoid this.

Assignment:

Setting up an online presence; a research assignment (based on what you know). Plus specific, individual activities set by tutor as required.

4) Interviews + Pacing an Article.

All good articles will include quotes from informed people. So how do you go about finding the right people to talk to? And, when you get to speak to them, how do you go about interviewing them in a professional way? We'll cover this in section 4. Also, following on from looking at Editing in section 2, we'll show you how to organise and pace an article in such a way that editors will be enthusiastic to print it.

Assignment:

A pacing an article activity; two interviews – one, someone you know; two, a favourite celebrity (this won't be in real life of course). Plus specific, individual activities set by tutor as required.

5) First Person Stories + Pictures, Photos & Copy-write.

One of the most popular ways to get an article into print, is through the personalised story. It could be your own, or it could be a relative or someone you know. This will be one of the focusses for section 5. Additionally, we'll look at a very important aspect linked to published articles – pictures; they do, after all, paint a thousand words, and a short guide through the world of copy-write.

Assignment:

Writing from a choice of articles. Plus specific, individual activities set by tutor as required.

6) Keeping Files & Notes + Review + Next Step & Setting Future Goals

Want to become an expert writer so that editors are calling you? How you store and manage information is vital if this is to happen and we'll cover this in the final section. We'll also give you a chance to review the key areas of the course, and help you see how much you are applying the things you've learnt. Additionally, you'll also get to plan your writing beyond the course so you can see how to develop your writing in the months ahead.

Assignment:

Specific, individual activities set by tutor.

 

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