Writing and Blogging for Journalists

Ref: C2423000

Participants in this online course will be expected to complete a news article, blog and/or feature for a publication which they have identified themselves, for example, in their local or regional community. These eight sessions build on the WEA’s online Introduction to Journalism & Non-Fiction course. It is also for people in a non-professional setting who have a general interest in journalism. It is a practical application of journalism’s key skills, such as gathering information; how to tell a news story; some legal and ethical considerations for journalists; and how to use the English language for journalistic effect.

Course aim

This course will help you to write clear, interesting and balanced reports in news, blog or feature formats. It will also help you to develop the skills to identify and obtain relevant and newsworthy items from written or verbal sources.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify story leads and gather appropriate information.
  • Plan a piece of writing and write and edit one or more drafts.
  • Write a news story, blog and/or feature targeted at a publication/audience identified by the participant.
  • Explain how your news story, blog and/or feature meets ethical and legal standards.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You will need an internet connection, speakers, a PC, laptop or tablet with a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. Notebook, pen and paper or other way of building up a personal glossary and taking notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Writing and Blogging for Journalists

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This course has been cancelled.


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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