19th January 2017

Are you thinking about a new career as a journalist? If so you could take the first steps by signing up for a short course at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln.

The university is offering two two-day courses: Introduction to Writing in May and Introduction to Editing in June.

Introduction to Writing on 2 and 3 May 2017 will cover both news and feature writing, and participants will explore everything from how to effectively research your writing through to format, style and how to write to a deadline.

The course will also include writing headlines, captions and boxes as well as balance, accuracy, how to appropriately structure your writing and working on the web.

The Introduction to Editing course on 27 and 28 June 2017 is an interactive course which will cover style and structure, rewriting, accuracy and clarity, proof reading, copy fitting and how to present information effectively.

Participants will learn about the other elements that make up a story, including headlines and introductions, and the way words work with images and other parts of the completed page.

Each course costs £120, open to everyone from year 12 of sixth form onwards and no previous experience is necessary. If you book on both courses the price is £220, which represents a saving of £20. Exercises and course notes will be included and both courses run from 9.30am until 4.00pm on both days at BGU.

Even though these courses are aimed at people wanting to pursue a career in journalism, the skills learned on both are transferable and will help everyone who does any kind of writing and editing, from articles to work reports.

“Journalism is changing, but it’s never been more important to society as the way people receive information and consume news adapts to new technologies,” said course leader Alysoun Coles, an experienced freelance journalist and sub-editor.

“Working as a journalist is challenging, exciting, demanding and rewarding, and our short courses are an ideal introduction to the career.”

For more information and to book please contact Gemma Fogg by emailing gemma.fogg@bishopg.ac.uk or calling 01522 583621.