News Masterclass

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Overview

Course duration: 1 day.

This course develops the skills that enable delegates to generate more news leads and then write the stories that do them justice.

Is it right for me?

Journalists with at least two years' experience of news writing.

What will I learn?

By the end of this practical course, you will be able to:

  • Find the story, pick the angle and deliver it with impact
  • Generate more stories, particularly off diary
  • Develop contacts and build stories

Pre-course Activity

Prepare a five-minute presentation on who your reader is to bring along to the course. Please send a copy of your publication, at least 14 days prior to the course date, along with:

- Bes…

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Overview

Course duration: 1 day.

This course develops the skills that enable delegates to generate more news leads and then write the stories that do them justice.

Is it right for me?

Journalists with at least two years' experience of news writing.

What will I learn?

By the end of this practical course, you will be able to:

  • Find the story, pick the angle and deliver it with impact
  • Generate more stories, particularly off diary
  • Develop contacts and build stories

Pre-course Activity

Prepare a five-minute presentation on who your reader is to bring along to the course. Please send a copy of your publication, at least 14 days prior to the course date, along with:

- Best news story

- Worst news story

- Best exclusive.

These should be sent by email to or by post to Hemsley Fraser Group Limited, St James Court, 74-94 Fore Street, Saltash, Plymouth, PL12 6JW.

What will it cover?

What is News?

  • Defining news
  • Different approaches
  • News for weeklies
  • News hierarchies

Sources of News

  • Where do we find our leads
  • Networking and contacts
  • Using press releases
  • Finding business trends
  • Competing with dailies
  • Coping with spin
  • Making a story stand up
  • Measuring output

News in Action - Group Practical

  • Review of news stories

News Writing Styles

  • The basics
  • Headlines
  • Planning your structure
  • Coping with info-overload
  • Use of language
  • Developing pace

Here's One I Prepared Earlier - Group Discussion

  • Looking at delegates' work
  • How to make improvements

The Great Story

  • Delegates write their own news story from given material
  • Followed by analysis and critique of the pieces
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