Specialise in magazines for A Fantastic Career
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Our one-year course (two days a week over 38 weeks) at Brighton Journalist Works equips you with the essential skills needed to work in the world of magazine journalism, both print and online.
The course enables you to become a professional multimedia journalist with cutting edge skills – a journalist confidently able to shoot and edit video on a mobile phone, crunch the numbers for the best story by learning data journalism and master the art of successful blogging and tweeting.
From day one, working with our copy editor, there is the chance to see your own byline in one of the city’s many publications or online newsfeeds.
We organise at least three weeks’ work experience with prestigious organisations such as The Mail on Sunday’s YOU magazine, Viva, Mirror Online, Brighton Fringe, Men’s Health, Esquire and the Brighton and Hove Independent.
Our team of tutors has a lifetime of real-world journalism experience in magazines, newspapers, TV, radio, online and PR. They will teach you the fundamentals and much more.
Tutors encourage you to set up your own magazines and give advice throughout the process. You will meet Jess and Lucy, former students, who did just that. They produced, funded, managed and printed a 32-page music mag for Brighton Fringe.
“The magazine was as good as many of the professional publications I’ve seen. The students have an excellent future in the business. They obviously have brilliant people training them.”
Julian Caddy, MD, Brighton Fringe
We will make sure you have the best chance of leaving BJW with a qualification recognised across the industry. We are currently working with the NCTJ towards accrediting this new course and fully expect the accreditation to be confirmed sometime in the summer.
You will produce an impressive portfolio of work tailor-made for a job in magazine journalism.
By the end of your time with BJW you should have successfully completed all the modules, obtained three weeks’ work experience and put together a portfolio of published work – everything you need to impress editors and land your first job in a fiercely competitive industry.
On our year-long course, spread over 38 weeks, you will spend two days a week (Monday and Tuesday) learning all the fundamentals of today’s multimedia and magazine journalism. You will follow these modules:
Newswriting for magazines, periodicals and online
Crafting a solid news story is the essential building block to becoming a successful magazine journalist. The techniques learned here are invaluable as you move on to longer-form journalism and storytelling.
From the start you will be allocated your own patch to cover and given tips about how to develop contacts there and dig up the best stories.
You will learn how to research a story; interviewing techniques; the art of writing a news story; data journalism – crunch and craft those numbers into a hard-hitting story – and how to best work a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.
Once you have mastered the news story, you will move on to the mainstays of magazines – features, reviews, previews and profiles and B2B articles. Because this is Brighton we have a special focus on arts and culture reporting and feature writing. Brighton Fringe is one of our education partners so you will have access to one of the biggest arts festivals in the world. If sport is your thing then our partnership with Sussex County Cricket means budding sports writers will have a chance to interview the players, attend press conferences and catch the odd match.
You will learn how to structure a story and get it to engage, flow and enthral; how to write to style and length; and where ideas come from.
Essential Media Law And Ethics
If you are to be your reader’s champion, you need to know your reader’s rights. You will also want to avoid arrest and law suits and ensure you do not upset your editor. If you want to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves, you need to know what justice looks like. After all, “she who knows a little of the law, knows a little of everything.”
You will learn the letter of the law for journalists including libel, contempt of court, copyright and privacy as well as the Editors’ Code of Practice and a sound understanding of post-Leveson ethics.
You will compile an e-portfolio of magazine features, news features, videos and online stories. Many of these will be published stories – just what you need to impress your future employer.
You will learn how to pitch a story to the right media outlet.
Design For Communication
You will be given expert training in our Mac studio in Adobe Creative Suite including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator.
You will learn the necessary skills to design and lay out a page in a magazine or a newspaper; web building with WordPress; brand development and design; design for social media and infographics.
“A sub-editor can rescue bad copy by caring for the words. He or she should prefer the short word to the long, the simple to the complex, the concrete word to the abstract. Avoid procrastination. Honorariums per diem and per annum he should forgo, but he should accept money daily or yearly. When he sees ‘bloody international conflict’, his keyboard should clatter with the word ‘war’.”
Harold Evans, former editor of The Sunday Times
You will learn to tighten copy and make sure every word in every sentence counts; to write engaging headlines that grab the reader; to spot typos and word traps; to write captions, standfirsts and breakouts. And, all importantly, how to effectively proof read your copy.
The Digital Arts
You already know more than you think but we will give you the tools to make the most of social media and ensure you put the skills you already have to the very best use.
You will learn to use social media in a professional and journalistic context; how to make podcasts; use web analytics so you get the right story at the right time in the right place and to get to grips with Google News Lab. We will help you improve your social media reach and engagement as well as show you how to create a dialogue with your followers.
Business Of Magazines
A solid understanding of how the industry works is essential to a career in magazine journalism. This is the business end of publishing. Our aim is to give you the skills and contacts you need to turn ideas into publications.
You will learn the different sectors: B2B, general consumer and specialist consumer magazines; how to identify an audience; the roles of editorial, marketing, advertising and other departments; revenue streams; editorial strategy; and means of distribution.
“A global antidote to ignorance.”
Sam Meddis, award-winning journalist and digital skills expert
The Brighton Film School (just around the corner on London Road) is an education partner of BJW. BFS students use our facilities a couple of days a week so you will be mingling with the next generation of filmmakers. We will be using their considerable skills to enhance your understanding of the power of the moving image.
You will learn to shoot, edit and publish video for online and social media; to use pro camcorders, camcorders, phones and tablets for video; to edit in Adobe Premier Pro and to check for legal and ethical issues around video.
We offer our graduates advice on cover letters, CV writing and pitching stories – vital in today’s marketplace. We are also on-hand to answer questions by email and phone. We are supportive of our graduates and they often let us know how they are getting on. We are always pleased to hear from them.
For information about fees and loans for all of our courses visit the fees page.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01273 671685 to talk through your options.
“Everywhere you look there are magazines. It is a rapidly expanding market. Someone has to write the copy and lay out the pages. When you have completed this course at BJW we are confident that person will be you.”
Richard Lindfield, MD, Brighton Journalist Works