Newspaper - Aims
This course is aimed at those wishing to pursue a career in newspapers, whether at the local, regional or national level. The range of careers open to those who succeed on this course includes reporting, specialist writing and sub-editing in what remains the largest single market place for journalists.
You will learn the basics of writing news, features and opinion. You will learn how to research stories, build up contacts and work a news patch. Each member of the course is allocated a political ward in Cardiff, from which you will be expected to gather stories.
During highly realistic production days, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in sub-editing, laying out pages, planning a news list and directing a team of reporters.
The newspapers which result from these production days are always compared with the professional efforts of the Cardiff evening paper, the Echo. We aim to beat them!
The qualities we look for in applicants are evidence of news sense, a record of work attachment in the news business or other signs that you are committed to a career in journalism. An interest in news and current affairs is essential.
Students are also expected to be able to type and must be willing to master shorthand to a speed of at least 100 words per minute.