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Introduction to Freelance Journalism – Week 4

We had our fourth lesson today. I think there were about 14 students in today’s class.

Homework

We had to bring in quotes from experts. One of my friends is the UK’s number 1 expert on bats (well, I think she is), so I asked her some questions about bats (did you know that bats eat up to 3,000 insects a night?). I’m starting to like bats! πŸ™‚

We had to put the quote into a story, and I had to go first. The teacher said she was impressed, and the class spent the next 5 minutes discussing how we could write a feature on bats. Maybe I could pitch the idea to Readers Digest.

Surprising magazine articles

We were each given magazines and we had to guess what kind of people read them. We then had to look through each magazine and find articles which we were not expecting inside them.

I found an article on paper. The writer started by asking the reader to look around them, and notice how much paper was being used (for coffee cups, shopping bags, train tickets, novels, posters etc).

Pitch your idea to many different editors

I found it in a magazine called Geographical, which is described on its website as being about “culture, wildlife, exploration and adventure”. If you can prove to an editor that your article has a connection with their magazine, it is possible for you to get it published in the magazine.

How to do interviews

We were given a handout on how to interview people. Two students did a role-play (one student played Vince Cable and the other student played the role of the interviewer). It was good. The teacher showed us how to make the interviewee feel comfortable, and how to tease valuable quotes out of them. We learnt a lot of things today, and I really enjoyed today’s class.

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Introduction to freelance journalism

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 isΒ  just about to start, so it’s been a last-minute decision. You could say I’m slightly changing my film script! πŸ˜€

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! πŸ™‚

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