News Editing: Introduction

1 Day Course
Code MT081

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Classroom Virtual Classroom Private Group - Virtual Self-Paced Online


News editing is about journalism - news lists, diaries and planning. It’s also about management and people skills.

This course covers all journalistic aspects of being a news editor, as well as equipping you for a managerial role and developing your people skills. The course also looks at you as a manager and how you can become a really effective team leader.

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Your coverage (5 topics)

  • How to plan news coverage for a magazine or newspaper
  • Identifying weak areas of coverage
  • Turning a story round for your publication
  • Dealing with late-breaking stories
  • Ensuring you have a steady flow of story ideas presented to you

The news editor’s role on your publication (4 topics)

  • What is expected of you as news editor?
  • Defining your role
  • A look at you as leader and manager
  • Managing your time effectively

Budgets (2 topics)

  • How to win a realistic budget
  • How to stick to that budget

Getting the most from your team (2 topics)

  • How to ensure you have a clear understanding of the skills, abilities, problems and concerns of each member of your team
  • How to ensure they trust and value you as their leader

Forward planning (4 topics)

  • How to make sure your know what story generating diary events are coming up and that you have them covered
  • How to anticipate news
  • Controlling the diary and choosing the right reporter
  • Deciding which stories to cover

Commissioning a detailed brief (2 topics)

  • How to get what you want from reporters, feature writers and photographers
  • How to handle the situation if you don't get the story you want

Editing copy (2 topics)

  • When should you edit a piece of unsatisfactory copy yourself and when should you hand it back for additional work?
  • Editing a news piece effectively

Keeping ahead of rivals (3 topics)

  • Keeping reporters keen and sharp
  • The role of the news meeting
  • Finding off-diary stories

Questions and answers


None. The course is intended for people new to news writing.

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