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Journalism – The Essentials

This informative six week course is a straightforward and accessible introduction to the fundamentals of journalism. It is taught by a NCTJ-trained reporter with twenty years of experience working for national, regional and local newspapers and magazines.

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Time 18:15 - 20:45
Days Running Tuesday
Duration 6 weeks
Location City Centre Campus
Price £99
Spaces 4
Course Code L93JRE1-BEL1A1920

What topics are covered?

News and feature story writing; Sourcing and researching stories; Interviewing and basic photography techniques; The skill of reviewing and previewing; Blogging and new media writing; Different writing styles for different publications; Subbing, editing and proof-reading; The importance and practice of press law.

Who is the course aimed at?

No previous experience necessary.

Who will be my tutor?

Claire Beauchamp is an NCTJ-qualified journalist with 22 years experience. She has worked for many publications, including several national newspapers and magazines and now works freelance. Writing everything from breaking news stories to heartfelt features, Claire is hugely experienced in all aspects of journalism. She has specifically designed the Journalism Essentials course for anyone who has an interest in learning the basics of journalism, interview techniques, different styles of writing and getting work published.

How will I learn?

Through lectures, practical exercises, presentations, discussion and group work. Feedback on progress will be given throughout the five weeks and all homework will be individually assessed.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Creative Arts and Enterprise

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What else do I need to know?

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.

The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.

3 reviews for Journalism – The Essentials

  1. simonhuxtable@gmail.com


    5 out of 5

    Great course. Well-paced and informative

  2. geoffrey.mackett@gmail.com


    5 out of 5

    A well structured and delivered course by a knowledgeable instructor. It was fun, interesting and pitched at the right level.There was good interaction between students and I believe we all enjoyed ourselves.
    I would recommend others to try it as a course and I look forward to the prospect of a follow on at some stage in the future.

    For a short introductory course I think you got it just right.

    • charles.rawlinson@bathcollege.ac.uk


      Dear Geoffrey,

      In response to students’ requests, we are now providing a follow on course called Journalism – Advanced.

  3. jhanderson61@gmail.com


    4 out of 5

    I enjoyed the course and the opportunities it gave for interviewing and writing articles. We also had some interesting discussions about different aspects of the subject. The tutor tailored some of the materials to our specific interests. I felt, however, that the course was a bit rushed and we had to get through too much material in the time allowed.

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