I’ve signed up for an Introduction to freelance journalism course at City Lit College in Holborn. It’s a 12-week course which runs from September 2010 to December 2010. I’ve been thinking about this for a while, but the course is  just about to start, so it’s been a last-minute decision. You could say I’m slightly changing my film script! 😀

I’m taking the course to learn some of the techniques needed to write the type of articles people want to read. I’m not doing it to become a full-time journalist, but I would like to have the ability to write better film reviews and to write about current affairs without boring my readers. Let’s hope it works! 🙂


Comments on: "Introduction to freelance journalism" (2)

  1. Dominika Kleknerova said:

    Hey Moja,

    How is it going?
    I was wondering if you could please tell me how the last journalism class went and if there is smg we should prepare for this week. Unfortunately I could not attend as I was moving flats.

    thx indeed
    see ya wednesday

  2. Hi Domi,

    I’m good thanks. We looked at the difference between two different types of articles: “features” and “columns”. Features are non-biased, but columns can be biased, provocative and similar to the newspaper’s point of view. A feature is an exploration of the news.

    We were told not to send the same article to rival publications within the same industry.

    We were given two handouts. The first handout was a column which was written in the The Times newspaper. The column is called The Thunderer, and it is written by freelance writers. It was used as proof that you do not have to do much investigation to write a column. You just have to be able to write about your opinions.

    The second handout was just a list of questions. I’ll photocopy them and give them to you in tomorrow’s lesson.

    We were told to read The Writers & Artists Yearbook (http://www.writersandartists.co.uk/).

    We were given 5 steps for writing an article:
    1) Identify the issue and the readers.
    2) Research the outcome and the readers.
    3) Identify experts/service/providers.
    4) Test the issue – Case Study.
    5) Appraisal.

    Our teacher said there are over 9,000 publications, so there are plenty of opportunites to get your work published. We should not only focus on the most popular magazines and newspapers.

    1) Bring in a column that you have written.
    2) Bring in a magazine.

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