Writing for Newspapers and Magazines

Course Description

Discover the basic skills needed to write for newspapers and magazines on this practical course taught by a professional journalist. You will learn how to write news and feature stories and then receive verbal and written feedback. It covers everything from generating ideas and what makes a great story to interviewing, writing, editing and getting published. By the end of the course you should feel more confident in your ability to write different articles.

Teaching and Learning Methods

By the end of the course students will be able to: ? develop their writing for news and features ? professionally conduct and present a vox pop ? confidently sell their articles using three key elements ? edit to length using within a deadline ? think like professional journalists to find stories During the course we will cover: how to interview for news and features and how to conduct a vox pop, the different writing styles for news and features and how to spot the mistakes some journalists make, as well as where to find your storie

Independent Learning

There will be a small amount of (optional) homework each week to help extend your study. This may include researching a publication and writing a short article. Your tutor will also recommend publications and books. These are not required for this course, but would benefit students who wish to progress further in this subject area afterwards.


There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) which will outline the learning objectives for the course. You will also be invited to set your own goals. You will receive feedback against the achievement of these outcomes during the course from your tutor, and in written form at the end of the course.

Qualification you will achieve

There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.

Next Steps and Progression

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team on: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk

Additional Information

For more information please contact the Learner Services Team on: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk

Additional Learning Support

Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

WM College provides all the basic materials and equipment you will need to complete the course. Your tutor will advise you where you can buy materials or equipment to extend your study, should you wish. The college also provides additional financial support through the Discretionary Learner Support Fund (DLSF); however the eligibility criteria applies. Please refer to the DLSF policy which can be found at the main reception.
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