Academic Journalism: writing for readers, 18th March, Uni of Edinburgh – Registration Open


Academic Journalism: writing for readers

18 March 2015

University of Edinburgh

This one-day workshop aims to convey the skills and knowledge to be able to successfully conceive, pitch and write a newspaper comment piece. Though public writing is an increasingly important part of academic social science, the practical task of engaging a wider readership is seldom addressed. This event draws on the expertise of journalists, editors and academics to show how you can write for readers and how your ideas can shape the public debate. Topics covered include:

–          conceiving research as a news object

–          making a successful pitch to a newspaper editor

–          thinking about form, genre and voice

–          structuring and writing a comment piece

The workshop will be organised and hosted by Fraser MacDonald. Principal tutors include: Dr Alice Bell, Freelance writer and researcher, and science blogger at The Guardian; Dr Peter Geoghegan, freelance journalist and editor, Political Insight…

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