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How to Write News Articles

How to Write News Articles

London College of Communication
Taught by
Tony Padman, A respected industry expert


Every journalist needs to know how to find, write and edit news. Our How to Write News Articles short course, shows you how to do it. Through a series of mini lectures, individual and group work, plus short film clips and workshops, you will learn what makes a great news story idea. You will learn how to write and edit to length, and be shown how professional journalists undertake this, before having a chance to try it for yourself. This course will give you the skills and confidence to adapt your writing to a news style suitable for newspapers, magazines and newsletters.

Topics covered

  • News values
  • Where to find news
  • The inverted pyramid of news writing
  • The 5 Ws - who, what, when, where, why
  • How to write news in brief
  • Editing to length
  • Who to quote and what questions to ask
  • How to avoid the mistakes journalists make in writing news

Course outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Write a news report
  • Understand how to use and punctuate your quotes
  • Edit your news report to length
  • Write a news report clearly and with confidence

Who should attend

Those looking to start a new career in journalism.

Follow up courses

After you have completed this course you may want to go on and develop your writing skills with Effective Writing for Journalists.

Tutor Description

Tony Padman has been a journalist for local, regional, European and national newspapers since 1999. After spending five years in news, he moved to features specializing in stories on health, religion, sport and education. He now concentrates on entertainment journalism for the national newspapers.

This course will be taught by a respected industry expert.

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