Blackford Centre for Journalism
- The media in the 21st century.
The future. Who’s buying copy, and who’s hiring staff? What’s the future of freelancing? Globalisation, the developing world, terrorism.
- Scoop! Undertaking investigative journalism.
Contacts and snouts. Writing news and news features. Key issues in investigative journalism. Crime. Politics. Environmentalism.
- Writing Feature Articles.
Getting the angle. Topics that sell, and those that don’t. Who is hiring and buying?
- Local issues: citizen journalism.
Fire and flood, How to break local stories. The angle. Finding sources. Getting their first. Being in the know. Jobs in local media.
- Broadcast journalism.
Getting a job in newspapers and magazines, TV or radio.
- Sports journalism.
How to get a job in sports journalism.
- Internet Journalism.
Online Journalism. Reporting that is produced and distributed via the internet.
- Women’s journalism.
Food, fashion and features. Getting a job in women’s magazines.
- Earning a living as a freelance journalist.
Where to submit your work. Keeping records. How to sell your work. Fees and expenses.
- How to interview.
How to get the answers you want. Finding people. Getting their agreement. Recording methods. Transcription. Shorthand.
- How to write: Content, style, writers block, working to a schedule.
Techniques. Angles. Perspectives. Understanding the needs of the reader. Openers. Writing to a fixed length. How to close. Links and contacts.
- Legal aspects of Journalism
How the Law affects your work. Data Protection. Freedom of information. Reporting on Race or religion.
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