Week 8 Writing (29/3): Leads & headlines

woman standing in front of mocked up newspaper posters
“Headline News – The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition – Jun 2018” by Gareth1953 All Right Now is licensed under CC BY 2.0



Headlines are a way of grabbing the reader’s attention. In fact, a study has shown that almost 60 per cent of people will share a link having only read the headline.

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Week 3 (24/2): Basic news story construction

Cluttered and negative thoughts can cripple writers. Photo: Drew Coffman/flickr/CC


Today we will be looking at the basic rules and techniques for building a news story.

But first I’d like to take a quick detour and consider the mental approach to writing with particular reference to the sort of technical lesson we are about to do.

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Week 11 (26/10) Writing for a small screen: guidelines

“Seriously, why do you still have an iPhone?” by opensourceway is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0


First, we haven’t done it for a while, let’s do a news quiz!

For Newsroom, you can create content for the weekly radio show, including social media posts, or anything that you have a burning desire to create, including content for the small screen.

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Week 7 (16/9): News story

newspapers and news apps on an ipad and phone
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You have turned a TV News Report into a Radio News Report

As Radio listeners can’t see any visuals, you must find ways to describe scenes, graphs, incidents, people etc so that the listeners could visualise the report through words.

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