Student feedback for my storytelling online course with Journalism.co.uk

My storytelling online course for Journalism.co.uk has completed its first run. The four students learnt more about the key ideas behind telling your story to engage readers. Here is some of the feedback from students on the course. Sarah Farrell said: “I really loved the course and have some great ideas for structuring features and …

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Walking Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail as it marks its 50-year anniversary

This year marks 50 years of the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail. There are local walking festivals to look out for and a revamped visitor centre in the Welsh border town of Knighton to open later this summer. An ITV series about the Path, Wonders of the Border, will be shown over summer. The 177-mile national trail, …

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A post-lockdown visit to the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire

Here’s a new concept: the post-lockdown day out. With restrictions easing, but overnights stays still off limits until April 12, I made a day trip to the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA), the year-round centre for remembrance in Staffordshire. As an outdoor attraction, the Arboretum has managed to remain open throughout lockdowns and, with the Rule of Six …

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How to celebrate St Patrick’s Day by climbing Ireland’s holiest mountain

Today marks St Patrick’s Day. Normally I’d be raising a glass of the black stuff to celebrate. But, like everything else, it looks be a bit different this year with Visit Ireland live streaming the craic via YouTube. But, pre Covid, I had celebrated the big day in the west of Ireland, joining walking guide …

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