Expressing a strong opinion is the easiest way to engage an audience with a news story, and with thought-provoking opinions at a premium, it's also an increasingly fertile source for journalists. Knowing how to present a strong point of view is an important skill for any writer, or activist. But doing it right is no easy task. To do the job, you have to research the news correctly to find your story, find an original and stimulating angle, maintain ethical equilibrium, have enough personality in your writing to capture the imagination of your readers, and not get yourself or your employers into legal trouble.
This course brings three of the Guardian's biggest personalities together to show you how it's done. Columnists Marina Hyde and Jonathan Freedland offering invaluable advice on how to find your voice – and make it heard – while Comment is Free editor Natalie Hanman provides expert insight into what commissioners are looking for, and how to make your writing, and thinking, stand out.
This large scale event features talks from three of the Guardian's biggest names, providing an overview of the fundamental skills necessary for writing first-person opinion pieces, and how to get them commissioned.
- How to establish authority of opinion
- Maintaining ethical continuity
- Finding your way through a complex story – how to read and spin the news
- Being original without being facetious
- Writing tips to polish your personality on the page
- Perils of the job - pitfalls to avoid
This course is for you if…
-You're a journalist who wants to establish a stronger editorial voice, or get more interesting commissions
-You write for a website or blog and want to know how to present your arguments with confidence and argue with skill
-You work for NGOs, lobby groups or similar
-You're new to writing and want to break into the industry through comment pieces or citizen journalism
When & Where
Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.
Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.
Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.
The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.