News training: How to learn journalism

The first journalists have begun enrolling on our online training programme delivered jointly with the Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust.

CPU News Training is a web portal specifically designed to help busy journalists worldwide find 24/7 practical skills training.

The courses are aimed at students of all levels and experience who do not have the
time to attend full-time training courses but who want to hone their skills or
learn new aspects of their trade.

Three courses are available now, covering basic journalism and ethics, newsroom management and business journalism. The next batch will focus on interviewing for journalists, writing for the web and basic sub-editing and design.

Deep South Media and Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust journalism training programme

The training is aimed at helping busy journalists develop practical skills

Each course is designed to be practical, interactive and entertaining with challenging exercises tailored to students’ needs.

CPU News Training was launched with a video announcement by Lord Black, CPU Media Trust Chairman. He said: “Our industry has always embraced technology and we felt it was an opportune time to offer structured web-based training to journalists of all levels. Demands on staffing and time have made it increasingly difficult to justify time spent away from the office on conventional training courses and this method allows journalists to continue to learn and develop their skills through online training.”

The courses were developed by former daily newspaper editor Gareth Weekes, Deep South  Media Managing Director, and ex-Sunday Times journalist Keith Wheatley.

We’re going to offer a series of posts on this blog reflecting themes from the training.

Tomorrow, we’ll ask: do you need to have a head for figures to cover business stories?

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SCOTT SINCLAIR, Deep South Media Ltd.