Training Courses

Writing for Live Events

One Day Course

Overview

Writing live is a new challenge for journalists and requires the ability to take proven journalism techniques and adapt them to an audience used to the delivery of information found on social media platforms.

This one day course looks at how to report on events that are often unstructured and chaotic and give help on how to find a story that will appeal to readers and how to give the story structure and order. You will also gain practical advice on how to keep the reader engaged and use the wider social network to add a human element to your reporting.

This course is designed for people who already have writing or journalistic experience. If you do not, you should attend our Introduction to Journalism or Introduction to Feature Writing or News Writing courses first. This course is designed for people who already have writing or journalistic experience. If you do not, you should attend our Introduction to Journalism or Introduction to Feature Writing or News Writing courses first.

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Course Outline

  • Introduction
    •How writing for live events differs from other journalism
    •Examples of good live event writing

    Finding the story
    •Preparation before the event
    •Finding the angle or story at your event
    •Avoiding the boring and spurious
    •Making the lead specific and informative
    •Finding leads and avoiding non-leads

    Writing skills
    •Why chronology doesn’t work
    •Key information and its delivery
    •Brevity and how to embrace it
    •Helping the reader see context
    •Using Social Media resources, twitter etc
    •Using quotes
    •How to keep your report entertaining
    •Writing for readers who won’t or haven’t read the entire story

  • Different types of events
    •Covering meetings
    •Covering press conferences
    •Covering debates
    •Covering pubic events

    Inclusion of readers and collaborators
    •Getting readers involved in the story through social media
    •Getting the broadest range of views into the page
    •Linking to other material

    Practical exercises

    Questions and answer
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