ABOUT THIS COURSE
In this course, you will get an introduction to constructive journalism and learn how to use it within your career. Constructive journalism covers positive and solution-focused news formats, narratives, angles, and styles of debate, within classical reporting.
As a journalist, it helps you to report in a way that empowers your readers, listeners or viewers. It is about reporting information that can be used constructively, while remaining accurate, critical where necessary, accountable and upholding the standards of professional journalism.
During the workshop, we will show you how constructive journalism engages your audience. More importantly, we help you apply the techniques within your own journalism career or business. We introduce you to editors looking for constructive storytelling and you’ll hear from experienced freelance journalists who share their top tips for earning an income from constructive journalism.
If you want to use your journalism to really make a positive difference to your audiences and the world, then this workshop is for you.
Seán Dagan Wood
Co-Founder, Constructive Journalism Project
What do I get?
You will learn:
What constructive journalism is – and what it is not.
Why it matters (hint: research about audience perception and engagement shows that it works).
How you structure a constructive story and how the language you use impacts on your piece.
How to identify a potential constructive journalism angle and turn a ‘traditional’ news piece into a constructive one.
How to build a good story pitch and how to sell your idea to editors in both traditional and new media.
How experienced freelancers have built their career on constructive journalism and now make a living from it.
How to brand yourself as a freelancer and how the constructive reporting element fits in to your work.