News Writing Advanced: Writing With Clarity and Press Conference Workshop

Report with clarity, no matter how complex the story, and test your skills with a real-time simulated news conference

This four-hour news reporter course helps you develop your newsgathering skills, put them into action, and receive feedback from an editor.

What You’ll Learn: Making complex concepts simple, using case studies, how press conferences work

The best reporters make complex topics simple – it’s what elevates their news stories and helps them cut through. We’ll look at how to make confusing concepts clear, and transform dense information into engaging copy that is easy-to-read and tailored to your audience. You’ll learn how to make the most of complicated quotes from interviews or press conferences on tricky subjects and we’ll get you thinking and acting like a sub-editor to transform your writing.

You’ll also be asked to put your reporting skills into action: you’ll be plunged you into a real-time news conference, and asked to produce a brilliant story from the information you glean from it. By simulating a situation that journalists often find themselves in, you’ll understand how well you can think on your feet in a pressurised situation. 

How you’ll learn

This two-module news reporter course will be led by an experienced editor and trainer who will share their practical expertise through presentations, discussion and practical exercises – ensuring you have opportunity to reinforce your learning, test your understanding and receive feedback

Who the course is for

This course is for you if you want to hone your news sense, refresh or build your practical news skills. It’s a great follow-on course for those who have completed News Writing Essentials. We also offer a full-day version, News Writing Fundamentals: Write Stories with Impact.

We currently offer this course as bespoke training for teams and can deliver it remotely, or in your offices. Get in touch using the button below to discuss times and dates, as well as how we can tailor it to your needs. 

If you’re booking for yourself, find all of our scheduled courses here

Course Modules

Writing with Clarity

  1. Making complex concepts simple
  2. Simple sentence structure
  3. Recognising and avoiding jargon
  4. Dealing with complicated quotes
  5. Using case studies

Interactive Press Conference

  1. Report from a mock press conference
  2. Write up your story
  3. Share and discuss your approach
  4. Receive feedback on your copy
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News Writing Advanced: Writing With Clarity and Press Conference Workshop

Report with clarity, no matter how complex the story, and test your skills with a real-time simulated news conference

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What our students say

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I was able to count on excellent teachers and professionals who helped me push my limits and achieve my goals. I was impressed by the quality of the course and the motivation teachers put into it. It was a great experience and I would definitely do it again!

Laure Poncet
, Research Officer
, ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes

I really could not recommend Press Association enough to anyone who is looking to jump into the fascinating world of journalism. The course equips you with all the necessary skills you need to enter the industry and the wide range of topics covered leaves it hard for you to ever feel bored.

Holly Bishop
, Digital Reporter
, GB News

The teaching I received was second to none and despite having no experience whatsoever in journalism, the tutors made sure there was a friendly environment where I felt welcome to ask any questions I needed. I was able to finish the course and go into a job working for The Sun.

Olivia Allhusen
, Junior Journalist
, The Sun

The training scenarios are as real to life as you could possibly get. They took considerable time to research our current plans and issues and used these to design a series of true to life radio and TV interviews. The team is outstanding, and their expertise and knowledge has been invaluable. Book them – you’ll be glad you did.

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group
, Communications Manager

The methods and techniques you learn (and apply) on a daily basis through teaching, coursework and eventually exams crop up again and again in both job applications and jobs themselves – the course content is directly relevant to the realities of the industry. 

James Saunders
, Digital News Reporter
, GB News

I made amazing friends, amazing memories and now it has led me to an amazing job which I never would have gotten without my time at Press Association.  

Holly Bishop
, Digital Reporter
, GB News

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