Making the News: A 12-Week Practical Journalism Course | Guardian Master Classes

If you’ve learned some of the basics of journalism, advancing those skills and building them into a successful and fulfilling career can seem like a challenge. The media landscape is continually changing, with non-traditional entry routes becoming more and more the norm.

Building on the foundational skills of many of our popular journalism masterclasses, this intensive 12-week course will immerse you in the expertise and helpful advice of some of our top writers, to give you the confidence to overcome obstacles. and see your hard-earned words on paper.

Through a carefully curated combination of six interactive live online sessions, an online learning community, audio recordings, and 30 minutes of private mentorship for each participant, this course will equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to build a strong portfolio of works. Homework will be set between online sessions and you will be encouraged to continue writing and presenting throughout the course.

Featuring a range of voices from across The Guardian, including one Dedicated Host per cohort, this course will first teach you about The Guardian’s roots and how these are intrinsically linked to our values, then dive into everything you need to know. to succeed as a journalist.

Course content

First workshop (Monday 19 September, 6-9pm BST): Welcome to the Guardian

What’s it like working at the Guardian? What are the values ​​of the Guardian and how important are they to our journalism? In this first session, we’ll explore what it’s like to work for one of the world’s best-known and most trusted news sources.

You will be introduced to your course host, introduces the reporter Erica Buist, who will be there to supervise, guide and encourage you during your stay with us. The session will also include writing and presentation exercises, and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Workshop 2 (Mon 3 October, 6-9pm BST): Breaking into Journalism

Increasingly, non-traditional routes to journalism are becoming the norm – essentially shaking up our understanding of “tradition”. In this session, you’ll hear from two Guardian writers about their own unusual career paths and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. You will focus on some of the fundamentals of idea generation and presentation and will have the opportunity to workshop on your own presentations with other students in a supportive environment.

Workshop 3 (Monday 17 October, 6-9pm BST): Building blocks

You’ve practiced your pitch – now you’ll take a look at the other elements of building a story. You’ll explore what makes a strong case study, how to find contributors, and learn some tips to boost your interviewing skills. Also, how can you use social media to grow your career? You’ll learn about best practices, ethics, and how you can maximize your use.

Workshop 4 (Monday October 31, 6-9pm GMT): How to structure and write an article

In this essential workshop led by Course Leader Erica Buist, you’ll focus on the fundamentals of structuring and writing a feature film.

Fifth workshop (Monday November 14, 6-9 p.m. GMT): Refine your voice and become a freelancer

What is the writing style and why do some voices resonate with the kind of clarity and compassion that cuts through the noise? How can you layer your writing with your own narrative voice? As you approach the end of your course, with thoughts turned towards your future career, the second part of this live workshop will be filled with valuable advice on how to succeed as a freelancer.

Sixth workshop (Monday 28 November, 6-9pm GMT): Meet the editors

This final live workshop will be your chance to present and receive targeted feedback from a panel of Guardian writers and editors.

Mentoring session: week starting Monday, December 5

During week 12 of the course, you will receive a private 30-minute online mentoring session with a Guardian journalist.

Online learning platform

In addition to our live lessons, you will have access to an online learning community during your time on the course. Here we’ll post additional audio lessons, learning materials, and assignments to help you get the most out of your time with us. This is also where you can contact Erica if you have any questions between live workshops.

This course is for…

  • budding journalists

  • Writers with some experience, looking to deepen their knowledge

  • Anyone with a particular area of ​​interest or expertise who wishes to use it as a basis for a secondary career in journalism

  • To get the most out of your learning experience, we recommend spending between five and eight hours per week of independent study in addition to the live workshops.

Course Host Profile

Erica Buist, feature writer
Erica Buist, feature writer Photo: Marti Albesa

Erica Buist started working for the Guardian in 2013. Graduating with her masters in journalism amid a jobs crisis, she accidentally became the voice of unemployed youth via an anonymous comedy blog called How to Be Jobless. She was hired at the Guardian after her blog post about the interview went viral. After a year as a staff member of the Guardian, she was hired as a contract feature film writer. She then went independent, traveled to death festivals all over the world and wrote a book called This Party’s Dead. She has taught journalism at Goldsmiths, Lincoln, Cambridge, Exeter and Keele universities, and also writes plays as part of the Stockroom Theater Company’s writers room. His journalism can be found on outlets such as the BBC, The Sunday Times, Sky News, Newsweek, the Mirror, and foolishly tweeted for free @ericabuist.


We have room for a maximum of 20 students per class, allowing for individual attention and feedback.

No, we welcome participants from all over the world, but the content will be delivered in English, so to fully benefit from the course you will need to be fluent in written and spoken English.

Live workshops are designed to be highly interactive. We strongly recommend that you attend all workshops live. If you cannot attend due to unforeseen circumstances, we will make a catch-up recording available to you after the lesson.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss a payment plan with us.

We realize this is an investment in your future, if you have any questions about the nature of this course please contact us and we will be happy to help.


Date: Live workshops every fortnight from Monday September 19 to Monday November 28, 2022
Weather: 6pm-9pm BST/GMT
Price: £1800

This masterclass is available worldwide. If you are joining us from outside the UK, please use this time zone converter to check your local live stream time.

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