news journalism

find, research, pitch and write news stories

course description

participants will learn how to find, research, pitch and write news stories. Different news topics and how to approach and deal with them will be looked at, including crime reporting, political reporting, court reporting, investigative journalism, and business reporting.

prior experience

None required.

equipment required

None required.

this course will be of interest to

People with a strong interest in the news and writing about current
affairs. Perhaps those with an interest in being news journalists and

course dates

This course runs from 10am – 5pm over Saturday 12th October.

course price


course overview

  • Coming up with news story ideas
  • Looking at different types of news stories, including crime
    reporting, political 
  • Reporting, court reporting, business reporting and investigative journalism
    Researching the news story
  • Structuring the news story – what to do and what not to do
  • How to write the intro to a news story
  • What makes for a strong news story
  • Pitching news ideas to editors


Helen Nugent

Helen Nugent is a multi-award-winning journalist and the Editor of Northern Soul,
a culture and enterprise website about the North of England. She
teaches Music Journalism at Salford University and is a professional
journalist. During her career, Helen has worked in London for The Times
for a decade, freelanced for most of the national newspapers including
The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent and The Mail on Sunday, been
a presenter for BBC 5 live and BBC local radio, and a senior Editor at
The Spectator. She runs her own media training company. 


related courses

  • feature writing
  • arts journalism
  • music journalism


University of Salford Maxwell Building
43 Crescent
Salford M5 4WT