The indispensable fundamentals for anyone aiming to make a living from journalism
Journalism is a competitive field, and a tough job to break into, but the explosion in online content means there's still plenty of work for journalists with the right skills and the confidence to keep pitching.
This primer boils down journalism's new essentials into a jam-packed day which could give your career a serious boost. You'll overhaul your interviewing skills, learn what editors want and how to pitch to them, and get an innovative look at how digital advances and open journalism have changed the nature of what an article can be.
A panel of senior Guardian journalists provide a no-nonsense guide to the skills you'll need to get ahead, and provide opportunities for further learning. Featuring talks from interviewer extraordinaire Decca Aitkenhead, executive editor Merope Mills, reporter Peter Walker and columnist Sali Hughes, it's an event budding journalists can't afford to miss.
The day takes the form of a series of talks from some of the Guardian's most senior editors and contributors, each covering an area of individual expertise, to give attendees a rounded picture of how to operate in 21st century publishing. Further speakers are still to be announced, but the line-up already confirmed includes:
- Merope Mills on the role of the editor, what editors look for in features – and writers – and what makes an enticing pitch
- Decca Aitkenhead on essential interviewing skills, interview etiquette, what to ask and when, and how to deal with difficult interviewees
- Peter Walker on how reader input, social media and other digital sources have transformed feature writing and reporting
- Sali Hughes on feature writing: what makes a good feature, how to structure your writing, and how to plan what you'll need before you get started
This course is for you if…
You're starting out as a journalist, or you're looking to write a blog covering news or features independently.
Peter Walker has been a journalist for 15 years and is a news reporter for the Guardian. He previously worked for the Press Association and Agence France-Presse in London, Beijing, Hong Kong and Paris, and freelanced for CNN and the BBC, among others. He has also reported from countries including North Korea, Iraq and Kosovo, worked as a news editor and covered politics, business and education news. At the Guardian he also runs the popular Bike Blog.
Sali Hughes is a journalist, broadcaster, Guardian columnist and founder of salihughesbeauty.com, a large community forum for women. A former magazine editor, she has written for Vogue, Grazia, Red (where she is contributing editor), The Observer, Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour, Never Underdressed, The Face and Stylist, specialising in interviews and opinion. She appears frequently on BBC Radio 4, Radio 2, Sky News and ITV's This Morning. She lives with her two sons in Brighton, where she is currently writing her first book.
Merope Mills is the Guardian's Executive Editor (Multimedia) and winner of the 2013 BSME Editor Of The Year award. She was previously editor of Guardian Weekend magazine, buefore moving on to edit the Saturday edition of the Guardian, which she will continue to oversee until the new year.
Decca Aitkenhead is a Guardian features writer and interviewer. She is also the author of The Promised Land: Travels in Search of the Perfect E.
Date: Saturday 11 January 2014
Times: 10am-5pm. Check-in begins 30 minutes before the start time.
Location: The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU
Prices: £99 (includes VAT, booking fee, lunch and refreshments)
Event capacity: 100
Dress code: There is no dress code for Masterclasses. Please dress however you feel comfortable.
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