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Writing: Learn Essential Journalism Skills in a Day

Course Description

Discover the basic skills required to write for newspapers and magazines. The course includes guidance from a professional journalist on everything from generating ideas and what makes a great story to asking the right questions, writing, and editing. You will also discuss and critique news and features. We will cover news and features, writing, editing and journalistic skills, good and bad taste, ethics, and the newspaper and magazine industry.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

This is an introductory course and does not assume any previous knowledge of journalism. It will benefit students hoping to improve their writing skills, gain confidence in their writing and those who wish to discover different styles of writing. You will need to bring pen and paper and a publication you would like to write for.

Course Content

By the end of the course you should be able to: - write a news report and feature - know what can/cannot be published - source people to quote in a story and which questions to ask - have more confidence in your writing and literacy - write to length - find you way around the newspaper and magazine market - identify publications you could write for - write in a journalistic style

Teaching and Learning Methods

You will learn from the tutor's experience as a journalist through practical writing tasks, discussions, group work, mini lectures and clips showing how journalists produce news and features. Resources used will include printed handouts with exercises and key facts and articles, some by the tutor. 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. 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

Once you have completed the course, you may choose to enrol on a further term in this subject or another subject. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700 or email

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 is able to provide financial support with course fees and you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or on benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, go to the Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.
44 Crowndale Road
Tel: 020 7255 4700
7 Leighton Place
Tel: 020 7241 8572