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This short, summer course provides a practical hands-on approach to news journalism in an online environment. It will be delivered partly at Goldsmiths, University of London and partly online.
The 10-week course will teach you what makes a good news story and how to source, research and write good copy. It will give you the skills and techniques of working online, which are now seen as vital if you are to be one of the new journalists of the future. You will also have a chance to build a portfolio of published work, which is essential if you are seeking employment in journalism.
If you are already freelancing, it will sharpen your approach and give you fresh skills to cope with a rapidly evolving journalism market. If you are working in public relations or marketing, you will gain a valuable insight into what journalists need from you and how they work. If you are working in magazines, it will broaden your skill set and open up new avenues for work across the whole of journalism.
You will be taught by Terry Kirby, who has more than 30 years experience as a journalist in print and online and has worked in a variety of roles for The Independent, the Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, the Evening Standard and the Daily Telegraph. He teaches on the award-winning Goldsmiths MA in the brand new facilities in our New Academic Building based in New Cross, south-east London. You will boost your portfolio by working on www.EastLondonLines.co.uk, an innovative news website servicing the communities of the East London Line.
The course begins on 15th June 2012 and attendance is required for four days in the first two weeks and for an evening a week for the next four weeks. In the remainder of the course feedback will be provided online. The course fee is £900.
The course will provide you with 30 Master’s credits, which you can use to build a Professional Media Practice MA.
Entry requirements The course is open to media professionals with an undergraduate degree, who have been working in a relevant industry for a minimum of two years. Non-graduates will require significant and relevant work experience – usually ten years – who can demonstrate that they be able to complete and will benefit from the course.