Training Courses

News Writing : Advanced

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One Day Course

Classroom Based


This course is for those with some experience of news writing who wish to improve their researching and writing skills, work on ways to come up with new treatments for news stories and brush up on media law.

The course is ideal for those who are writing news but have not had any formal training in reporting.

You will learn how to make your stories sharper, how to work faster and with greater accuracy and how to improve your news-gathering skills.

You need no previous experience to attend this course.

Private Courses

One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

From £599 + VAT per day

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Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • Common news writing problems
    • Assessing your weaknesses and strengths
    • Turning your weaknesses into strengths

    Working with stories
    • Isolating the essential facts that make a complex story newsworthy
    • Researching complex stories
    • Advanced story writing techniques
    • Developing intro-writing skills

    Structuring news stories
    • News story structures
    • More advanced techniques for structuring stories
    • Verifying information

    Sourcing news stories
    • Building a network of brilliant contacts who give you stories
    • Getting the stories they don't want you to get
    • Finding off-diary stories
    • Finding your own stories
    • Developing a real nose for news
  • Handling tough interviews
    • Dealing with a reluctant interviewee.
    • How to deal with going off the record
    • Avoiding "no comment"

    Writing against the clock
    • Writing against tightening deadlines
    • Writing complex stories quickly
    • Anticipating events and planning ahead

    Covering a specialist area
    • How to develop a specialist area - from industry or science to finance or politics.
    • Developing specialist skills and contacts in a key area.

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Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

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We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

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  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed20721
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.7 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.7%

  Recent Feedback

"Feedback discussions in course were very helpful. Thanks"

"The environment was inviting and the course was informative and useful"

"Having the one on one session was really useful and allowed me to get very dedicated feedback not always possible in a busy news room "

"Good, insightful feedback - Piers was brill!"

"Piers was excellent - very approachable, encouraging and tried to focus on specific issues that each member of the group had. The small group made it very easy to address areas of weakness. Thank you. "