Workshops and courses for journalists

Susan Grossman – 1 July – ‘Pitching to Editors – Royal Institute of British Architects, London W1 – Cost: £120
Media trainer Susan Grossman will be running her next ‘Pitching to Editors’ workshop on 1 July at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London W1.

The workshop will feature small group work (max 12) for those looking to get motivated, develop ideas and work on pitches. It will also include advice on how to make stories topical, find new outlets and approach editors with confidence.

Grossman is a VL on the MA in journalism at Westminster University, a former BBC broadcaster, magazine editor (Redwood) and travel writer.

See Grossman on Susan Grossman for testimonials and results from former participants. She can be contacted via or for more information.

Johanna Payton and Olivia Gordon – 6 June onwards – Ideas & Pitching – correspondence – Cost: £250.00
Experienced freelance journalists Johanna Payton ( and Olivia Gordon ( launch their fifth correspondence course on Ideas & Pitching on Monday 6 June 2011.

Aimed at journalists of all levels who want to learn or improve pitching skills, this four-week course offers its students highly personalised, detailed individual feedback for their practical assignments.

The course is completed remotely, with detailed notes emailed on Monday mornings, and during the course trainees have access to a forum where they can share ideas, concerns and questions with the other course members. They also have an individual, 30-minute telephone Q&A at the end of the course with their tutor – a great opportunity to have any remaining questions or concerns addressed.

For more information and delegate testimonials:

Passionate Media – Kick start your freelance writing career workshop – 2 July – Birmingham – Cost: £154.80 inc VAT
If you are: considering launching a freelance journalism career, at the start of one, or after realistic, straight-talking advice on how to succeed in it then this workshop will provide you with practical information on setting up as a freelance (inc. tax and other financial matters), how to find ideas, find work, pitch editors, keep editors coming back for more and get paid on time.

There will be practical exercises as well as the opportunity to pitch feature ideas to leading UK journalist Karen Pasquali Jones. Karen will provide constructive feedback based on advice provided on the day.

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