News Writing : Advanced

One Day Course


This course is for those with some experience of news writing who wish to improve their researching and writing skills, work on ways to come up with new treatments for news stories and brush up on media law.

The course is ideal for those who are writing news but have not had any formal training in reporting.

You will learn how to make your stories sharper, how to work faster and with greater accuracy and how to improve your news-gathering skills.

The course includes practical exercises in writing, interviewing, handling press conferences and re-writing copy. You need no previous experience to attend this course.

Public Course Dates & Pricing

19th Dec 17 London Bridge £325 + VAT SOLD  OUT
24th Jan 18 London Bridge £250 + VAT SPECIAL  OFFER
23rd Feb 18 London Bridge £325 + VAT RESERVE  NOW
21st Mar 18 London Bridge £325 + VAT RESERVE  NOW
20th Apr 18 London Bridge £325 + VAT RESERVE  NOW
  • Public Courses

    Maximum class size of five (the smallest in London) so you get the maximum amount of trainer time possible. You attend with delegates from other companies.

    A great, cost efficient way to learn, discounts are also available for group bookings.

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  • Private Courses

    One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

    We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

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Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • Common news writing problems
    • Assessing your weaknesses and strengths
    • Turning your weaknesses into strengths

    Working with stories
    • Isolating the essential facts that make a complex story newsworthy
    • Researching complex stories
    • Advanced story writing techniques
    • Developing intro-writing skills

    Structuring news stories
    • News story structures
    • More advanced techniques for structuring stories
    • Verifying information

    Sourcing news stories
    • Building a network of brilliant contacts who give you stories
    • Getting the stories they don't want you to get
    • Finding off-diary stories
    • Finding your own stories
    • Developing a real nose for news
  • Handling tough interviews
    • Dealing with a reluctant interviewee.
    • How to deal with going off the record
    • Avoiding "no comment"

    Writing against the clock
    • Writing against tightening deadlines
    • Writing complex stories quickly
    • Anticipating events and planning ahead

    Covering a specialist area
    • How to develop a specialist area - from industry or science to finance or politics.
    • Developing specialist skills and contacts in a key area.

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Who Are We?

LCMJ is the UK's leading writing and journalism training provider.

Our courses are aimed at business people and writers who need to develop their writing skills to communicate clearly and effectively.

London Bridge Centre

Unit 5,
Suffolk House,
127-129 Great Suffolk Street,


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  • We know training inside out. We can advise you on all the options to make sure you get the best possible course.

  • Tell us you need to cancel 5 working days before your course and there’s no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

  • The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

  • We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We won't send you out to the shops with a voucher.

10th Dec

This course taught me about looking at different angles, tighter writing and that the first 5 words matter.

22nd Jan

Practical guidance on relevant topics in my career field .