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.
- Getting a job in newspapers and magazines, TV or radio.
- How to get a job in sports journalism.
- Online Journalism. Reporting that is produced and distributed via the internet.
- 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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