I’m running a new online course from March 1st in collaboration with Journalism.co.uk.
We will cover how to tell a story and the importance of human interest to that.
We will also look at the importance of knowing your reader and work on drafting a sample feature for you to pitch — to ultimately sell and make money.
This course will be taught online to keep it flexible for working media specialists and student journalists currently based at home.
If you’re looking to refresh existing skills, or develop some new ones as a freelancer, this how-to course, based on my insider tips from 20 years as a working journalist, could be the new-year resolution you were looking for.
You can find out more about the course by reading my guest blog for the site, in which my key point is:
Journalism is complex but the secret to good storytelling remains simple: engage your reader.
If it’s Friday, then it’s a magazine masterclass in Chester.
I ran the first in a series of new-style workshops today, hosted by Meltdown, in which we got to grips with some of the thorny issues of making it as a magazine journalist.
Such as, you ask? Well, try signposting, pitching editors and, the thorniest of all — money.
Magazines matter, I think. They educate and inform; they define the age in which we live.
That’s why our discussion moved from Nineties Britpop and Loaded to Monacle‘s spin-off brands and the rise of the indie magazine as celebrated by Stack Magazines.
It was a lively debate with four super-keen wannabe hacks [pictured above], all of whom brought loads of experience, ideas and enthusiasm to the session.
Here’s a taster of some of the take-away tips of the day …
If you’re going freelance, then you will need:
An ability to generate lots of ideas and pitch them successfully, turning your ideas into hard cash
An ability to take old ideas and recycle them or spin-off fresh ones with different angles. Either way, you need to refresh quotes, rewrite intros and concs, and check with editors re copyright contracts
Some business sense and a basic grasp of accountancy to keep your own records
Thanks to the attendees and for the great feedback, such as:
Fantastic session, I throughly enjoyed it! Great seeing you all again and meeting some new faces.