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Introduction to TV drama scriptwriting – Saturday 2 November 2019 – Glasgow

If you’ve been itching to write and have ideas that need to come to life, this one-day course is for you.

Netflix will this year spend US $12 billion on original content, while here in the UK, the BBC spends more than £2.7 billion each year on content. A significant proportion goes toward creating hits such as Stranger Things and The Bodyguard and there remain significant opportunities for original programming and new writers to get their scripts to screen. But how do you take the germ of an idea and take it from script to screen?

This one-day introductory course will help to demystify the process. You will learn how to shape and form compelling plots, dynamic characters and engaging dialogue. You will get experience working on the structure of scripts, understanding how they are put together, the format and software packages which are industry standard. You will learn what makes good drama and comedy and get the inside track on how TV drama is put together. By the end of the day, you should feel more confident in putting your ideas on to paper and seeing your characters come alive.

About your tutor:
James Doherty is an award-winning scriptwriter and journalist. James has extensive experience writing for a number of recurring dramas from bodies under the patio at Brookside in the 1990s as well as scritpwriting credits on Channel 5’s Family Affairs, ITV’s The Bill and most recently, BBC Scotland soap, River City. A media all-rounder, James has also enjoyed a successful career as a public relations executive and is a former president of the NUJ. As a journalist, James wrote for The Big Issue and The Scotsman, among other titles.

Testimonials:
“The scriptwriting course was perfectly pitched. James delivered it with clarity, attention to detail, encouragement and humour. I learned new approaches to writing and felt well supported when given the opportunity to share my ideas. At the end of the course, I felt inspired and able to write!” – freelance journalist and artist

“I’d happily recommend to anyone who just wants to “start” writing as the course was great fun, friendly, informative, inspirational and freeing. Lots of great tips both technical and creatively and great support material.”  Former broadcast journalist

Course costs £95 for NUJ members or £120 for non-members.

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Autumn Training Opportunities 2019

AUTUMN TRAINING SCHEDULE 2019

Wednesday, 28 August  Google workshop for Journalists (Glasgow) £10 booking fee

A workshop being delivered by Abigail Edge and looking at: Google’s tools for journalists, covering advanced search techniques, Google Trends, verification and interactive multimedia

Friday, 30 August  TV News Production (Glasgow)  Funded

Only a handful of print journalists make the transition to broadcast journalism and even fewer find their way to television news desks.  The purpose of this intense course is to give journalists the know-how to take a news programme from the morning conference to transmission.  Although it is aimed at those wishing to transfer their skills to television news it is open to others wishing an insight into TV news production, so students planning to embark on a college or university course should find this extremely useful before they commit.

Monday, 9 September  TV Reporter (Glasgow)  Funded

Many skilled and experienced print journalists face an uncertain future as newspaper groups encounter challenging times and changing ways of news consumption. This course aims to give journalists/reporters a guide to an alternative career in broadcasting by learning TV reporting methods.  The course teaches not basic journalism, but the differing techniques required to forge a career in broadcast news. The principles of news reporting and interviewing remain the same, but the methods and technologies are vastly different. Students will learn the language of broadcasting and the methodologies used in everyday television reporting and interviewing.

Wednesday, 18 September  The ‘book route’ – Get your book published (Glasgow) £95 MR

This course looks at how to get your book ‘published’ through the eyes of an experienced author, Jean Rafferty.  The sessions will cover:  Your Project, Self Publishing or Traditional Publishing? Are Agents Worth Their 15 Percent?  Publicity

Thursday, 19 September  The Effective Freelance (Glasgow) £95 MR

The Effective Freelance is designed to cover not only the essentials of working as a freelance – organisation, negotiating, producing work, markets, law and financial record-keeping – but also living as a freelance, including personal finance, etc. It will include breaking into new markets, establishing terms, chasing payment, improving returns, specialist journalism, handling money, tax and deductible expenses, and copyright.

Wednesday, 25 September   Subbing (Text Handling) (Glasgow)  Funded

This course gives a one-day general introduction to the newspaper sub-editor’s craft. But it will be useful to any would-be journalist, or indeed anyone who uses written English.  It unlocks a toolbox of tips and tricks to produce clean, accurate prose that makes its point and packs a punch.  Run by an old hand in the national press, the course outlines the sub’s vital role as a publication’s last line of defence. It explains where subs sit in the news room structure, their relationships with other departments, and the mental checklist they need to complete before starting any story.

Thursday, 3 October  The Entrepreneurial Freelance (Glasgow)  £95 MR

The Entrepreneurial Freelance is aimed at providing the knowledge to understand the dramatically changed business and technological environments in which we must work. This course is based on 20 years’ experience of freelancing, of covering the business, financial and technology worlds, and meeting many of the exponents of the new freelancing. The objective is to enable freelances to become entrepreneurial, able to target new markets and manage their marketing, to take control of production and distribution, including using websites, blogging, online publication and print-on-demand. “Journalists must become entrepreneurs,” said New York City University Professor Jeff Jarvis. “They need to make smart business decisions when they decide where to put their effort. They need to sense and serve the market. They need to work with innovators…. The future of news is entrepreneurial.”

Monday, 7 October  TV Reporter (Edinburgh) Funded

Many skilled and experienced print journalists face an uncertain future as newspaper groups encounter challenging times and changing ways of news consumption. This course aims to give journalists/reporters a guide to an alternative career in broadcasting by learning TV reporting methods.  The course teaches not basic journalism, but the differing techniques required to forge a career in broadcast news. The principles of news reporting and interviewing remain the same, but the methods and technologies are vastly different. Students will learn the language of broadcasting and the methodologies used in everyday television reporting and interviewing.

Wednesday, 16 October  Feature writing & pitching (Glasgow)  £95 MR

Print journalism is said to be a dying industry and has been counted out repeatedly over the years. But it remains the main medium in which the world is examined in depth and where people are able to understand the context of events and not just hear the facts.  Feature writing is the art form of print journalism, using story telling and the techniques of fiction to reach people both emotionally and intellectually. So if you’re interested in great writing and interested in people, this is the course for you. Given by a prize winning tutor who has won awards for feature writing, medical journalism, comment and travel writing and also been shortlisted for prestigious fiction awards, it looks at the core skills of writing, research, ideas, and interviewing. You will also learn how to navigate the difficult world of selling your ideas and how to pitch to editors.

Thursday, 17 October  Scots Law for Journalists (Glasgow) £95 MR

Law for Journalists is a two-year course at HND level, or a 16-week course on block release – we will attempt to cover the main points in seven hours! As a result, the tutor will concentrate on explaining the principles of the laws governing journalists and how the laws apply in the real world. The course will also be as up-to-date as possible using relevant cases.  The tutor is a rare combination of working journalist and lecturer in media law, so he will emphasise those areas which most affect journalists in practice. At the same time he has omitted subjects which arise only periodically, such as election law. Journalists are advised to buy and read Scots Law for Journalists, by Rosalind Mcinnes, 8th edition, published by W. Green.

Tuesday, 22 October  Adobe Photoshop Introduction (Glasgow)  £95 MR

An informative one day course outlining some of the most rudimentary functions of Photoshop. The morning will include group instruction with an accompanying slideshow and hand-outs. The afternoon will consist of one to one hands on guidance working through practical examples of the topics discussed. This course is aimed at individuals who would like to gain basic skills in Photoshop to aid them in enhancing photographic material and/or generation of artwork with application to design.

Wednesday, 23 October   Audio recording & editing for journalists (Glasgow) £95 MR

This course will introduce students to the key concepts in capturing good-quality audio recordings in a journalism interview context. It will also cover how to import and edit these recordings using freely-available audio editing software and prepare it for use in broadcast, podcast, film, web, archive etc.

Saturday, 2 November   Scriptwriting (Glasgow)  £95 MR

If you’ve been itching to write and have ideas that need to come to life, this one-day course is for you.

Netflix will this year spend US $12 billion on original content, while here in the UK, the BBC spends more than £2.7 billion each year on content. A significant proportion goes toward creating hits such as Stranger Things and The Bodyguard and there remain significant opportunities for original programming and new writers to get their scripts to screen. But how do you take the germ of an idea and take it from script to screen?

This one-day introductory course will help to demystify the process. You will learn how to shape and form compelling plots, dynamic characters and engaging dialogue. You will get experience working on the structure of scripts, understanding how they are put together, the format and software packages which are industry standard. You will learn what makes good drama and comedy and get the inside track on how TV drama is put together. By the end of the day, you should feel more confident in putting your ideas on to paper and seeing your characters come alive.

About your tutor:

James Doherty is an award-winning scriptwriter and journalist. James has extensive experience writing for a number of recurring dramas from bodies under the patio at Brookside in the 1990s as well as scritpwriting credits on Channel 5’s Family Affairs, ITV’s The Bill and most recently, BBC Scotland soap, River City. A media all-rounder, James has also enjoyed a successful career as a public relations executive and is a former president of the NUJ. As a journalist, James wrote for The Big Issue and The Scotsman, among other titles.

Testimonials:

“The scriptwriting course was perfectly pitched. James delivered it with clarity, attention to detail, encouragement and humour. I learned new approaches to writing and felt well supported when given the opportunity to share my ideas. At the end of the course, I felt inspired and able to write!”  Freelance journalist and artist

“I’d happily recommend to anyone who just wants to “start” writing as the course was great fun, friendly, informative, inspirational and freeing. Lots of great tips both technical and creatively and great support material.”  Former broadcast journalist

 

MR = Member Rate

Funded = Course being funded by the Scottish Government and Scottish Union Learning for NUJ members

For further information or to book, please email:  scottishtraining@nuj.org.uk

Travel Writing – 24 May 2019 (Glasgow)

This course is more a nuts and bolts course rather than a ‘How to Write Travel Articles’ course.  Hugh only takes on people who can write already as he teaches how to break into travel using skills journalists have already.

Course costs £95 for NUJ members which includes a sandwich lunch and all materials.  To book, contact joanm@nuj.org.uk

PR and Communications Training – 17 May 2019 (Glasgow)

The media industry remains in a state of constant flux. Traditional news media is changing and the way we consume news has been transformed thanks to social media. Accusations of ‘fake news’ and lack of trust abound. The importance of communicating your message to your audiences in the right way, at the right time and through the right channels has never been more important – and the skills to do it never more in demand. This one-day introductory course will give you a solid grounding in how PR and Communications is reacting to the changes in the media landscape – and how you can create, shape and manage your messaging in the most effective way.

Whether you have no experience in Communications or have – or already work – in a public relations role, this course will help you to hone the skills necessary to ensure your organisation’s mission and message are at the forefront of any media. You will also understand the emotional drivers associated with communications, the changing media landscape and how you can take advantage of it. You will learn how to target your communications, ensuring they best fit the media you need to reach your audience – and how to get your people for interviews. You will also gain a better understanding of the importance of social media and how it is changing the Comms landscape and how integrated campaigns and digital assets are impacting a new canvas for creative and direct communications. What’s more, you will understand how to drive public debate and get a flavour of what – and what not to do – during a reputational crisis.

Your tutor for the day is an award-winning journalist and scriptwriter, who has led the PR and Communications team at Glasgow Life since 2007. During that time, James Doherty has helped to successfully communicate everything from the opening of the Riverside Museum and the Emirates Arena in Glasgow, to major events such as the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2018 European Championships. He’s also helped manage the odd reputational crisis or two. Glasgow Life operates from 171 venues and sites, with almost 3,000 staff and volunteers across the city’s cultural, arts, music, sport, communities and libraries and events estates.

So, if you are looking to learn new skills or see if you’re already on the right track towards a career in PR and Communications, then this course is for you.

Course costs £95 for NUJ members which includes a sandwich lunch and all materials.  To book, contact joanm@nuj.org.uk

Feature writing & pitching – 1 May 2019 (Glasgow)

Print journalism is said to be a dying industry and has been counted out repeatedly over the years. But it remains the main medium in which the world is examined in depth and where people are able to understand the context of events and not just hear the facts.

Feature writing is the art form of print journalism, using story telling and the techniques of fiction to reach people both emotionally and intellectually. So if you’re interested in great writing and interested in people, this one day course is for you. 

Given by a prize winning tutor who has won awards for feature writing, medical journalism, comment and travel writing and also been shortlisted for prestigious fiction awards, it looks at the core skills of writing, research, ideas, and interviewing. You will also learn how to navigate the difficult world of selling your ideas and how to pitch to editors.

Course costs £95 for NUJ members which includes a sandwich lunch and all materials.  To book, contact joanm@nuj.org.uk

Audio recording and editing for journalists – 30 April 2019 (Glasgow)

Podcast listener figures have almost doubled in five years, proving the demand for the spoken word. Some of the most popular podcasts take the form of an interview – something many journalists already have extensive experience of – with one key difference being the higher recording quality.

This one-day course will offer journalists a jargon-free introduction to the equipment, software and skills required to make pro-level interview recordings. It will appeal to those looking to make and publish audio material, offer this service to their employer or freelance clients, or to anyone looking to improve the quality of their interview recordings for their own records.

Course costs £95 for NUJ members which includes a sandwich lunch and all materials.  To book, contact joanm@nuj.org.uk

 

Get trained by the NUJ in Scotland this Spring!

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING COURSES

Need to update your skills or learn a new one?  All full day courses run from 10am-5pm, at a rate of £95 per person for NUJ members and include materials and sandwich lunch.   The half day members rate is £45 course only.  Non-members day rate:  £120 per person or £60 half day rate.

Tuesday, 12 March               Filming & editing for iDevices
Tuesday, 19 March               Facebook Introduction
                                             (½ day session 10am-1pm)
                                             Facebook – Advanced Topics
                                             (½ day course 2pm-5pm)
Thursday, 28 March             Television News Production
Thursday, 4 April                  Scriptwriting
Tuesday, 9 April                   Feature Writing
Friday, 12 April                    PR & Media Awareness
Wednesday, 17 April           Advanced Social Media
Tuesday, 23 April                Audio Recording & editing
Friday, 24 May                     Travel Writing
View course outlines here

If you wish to book a place, please contact joanm@nuj.org.uk

TV Interviewing skills for journalists – 11 December 2018 – Glasgow

We have a limited number of free places available on our TV Interviewing skills for journalists course running in Glasgow on 11 December.  This course will help journalists to develop their existing journalistic skills for television broadcasting. Television interviewing techniques will be covered with the focus of the session on increasing the range of expertise. If you feel your self-confidence, body language and voice might let you down then this practical workshop is for you.

Programme

How to look and feel relaxed. 

How to speak at the right pace.

How to show the best of your personality. 

How to use the right vocal tone to match the content of the interview. 

How to reassure the audience that you are comfortable in front of a camera.

To book a place contact:  joanm@nuj.org.uk

 

Get trained by the NUJ in Scotland this Autumn! Funded and Professional opportunities.

FUNDED OPPORTUNITIES

These courses are being funded by the Scottish Union Development & Learning fund and Scottish Government for members in Scotland.

Tuesday, 21 August                 New Models of Journalism (Glasgow)
Tuesday, 28 August                 GDPR Training for freelance journalists and photographers (Glasgow)
Thursday, 30 August                GDPR Training for freelance journalists and photographers (Edinburgh)
Monday, 3 September              GDPR Training for freelance journalists and photographers (Perth)
Monday, 1 October                   New Models of Journalism (Edinburgh)

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING COURSES

All courses run from 10am-5pm, at a rate of £95 per person for NUJ members and include all materials and sandwich lunch.  Non-members rate:  £120 per person

Friday, 31 August                     PR/Media Awareness
Thursday, 6 September            Filming & Editing for iDevices
Thursday, 13 September          Advanced Social Media
Friday, 14 September               Feature Writing & Pitching
Friday, 21 September               The Effective Freelance
Friday, 28 September               Scots Law for Journalists
Tuesday, 2 October                  Filming & Editing for Android’s
Friday, 5 October                     Writing for the Web
Tuesday, 9 October                  InDesign
Wednesday, 10 October           Brand me: Confidence skills for women in the media
Friday, 12 October                   The Entrepreneurial Freelance
Thursday, 18 October              Scriptwriting
Friday, 19 October                   Media Law & Ethics

View course outlines here

If you wish to book a place, please contact joanm@nuj.org.uk

Free GDPR Training for freelance Journalists and Photographers in Scotland

Data Protection and the GDPR

You may be aware that from the 25th May the GDPR has been enforced with the possibility of huge financial penalties. You may not be aware that on the 24th May the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) was given Royal Assent.

While the GDPR sets the general rules for data protection the DPA is complementary to it and spells out many of the exemptions and exceptions, in particular for journalism.

NUJ are pleased to be able to offer free training sessions for members in Scotland to help you get to grips with this new data protection regime and its implications for journalism. It will include considerations of data sharing, consent, information security, data subject rights and issues relating to photography

The sessions will take place on the following dates:

28th August (2pm-5pm) Glasgow
30th August (2pm-5pm) Edinburgh
3rd September (2pm-5pm) Perth

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