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Course Duration

18 day(s)

Course Fee

(includes course material and light refreshments)

Course Schedule

No course schedule now

Course Location

The Irish Times Building, 24 - 28 Tara Street, Dublin 2

This course can also be offered on a tailored in-company basis.

FETAC Level 5 Component Certificate and approved for FAS funding

An 18 module programme  - 12 x 3 hour sessions (6 - 9pm Wednesday Evenings) and 3 full Saturdays (10am - 5pm)  (view course recommendations) 

  “I undertook the Irish Times Journalism course to help with my writing skills and give me the tools to be a freelance journalist. I found the course, run by Angela Long, to be stimulating, challenging and very informative. In addition, she brought in relevant experts to broaden the scope of her course material, which for me put the icing on the cake. All in all, an excellent package, delivered with professional and courteous efficiency and well worth the fee. And, yes, my writing has improved considerably - I only used one cliché in this!”     Charlie Kavanagh ITT Journalism 2011

Highly practical and hands-on, this course embraces actual reporting and writing as well as understanding how the media works and is constituted. In a class size of no more than 15 participants, from the word go you will be put through your paces by the course director and specialist tutors.  You will learn how to write hard news and features, essential editing, and right through to subtle shading of opinion and advocacy pieces

You will learn how to compile facts and opinions for a story, write hard news and features, do essential editing, and understand the differences between, for example, a blog post, a news-feature, and an analysis piece.
The FETAC component requires assignments at specific stages, so some tests are carried out under newsroom conditions.  This is not for the faint-hearted!
The course also focuses on writing online, including blogging, tweeting, and podcasting.  A hot-housing programme, it encompasses all the necessary elements to have you writing and publishing professionally, whether it be online or in print. And it includes an understanding of legal risks for journalists when publishing.
Course Director: Angela Long
The course is led by Angela Long, journalist, editor, teacher and reviewer. Angela has worked for newspapers and magazines in Ireland, Britain and Australia, including The Irish Times, The Sunday Times and the Melbourne Herald. She also spent several years with the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, comments on media issues in Ireland and Britain, and teaches journalism topics both in person and online.
Past Guest Speakers have included:
John Horgan - Press Ombudsman 
Kevin O'Sullivan - 
The Irish Times, Editor
Lisa O’Carroll -
Guardian blogger and Journalist
Brenda Fitzsimons - The Irish Times, Photographer
Andrew O’Rorke - Hayes Solicitors


  • Learn how to write and assemble different types of journalism - hard news, features, reviews, sports
  • The finer points of difference between print and online writing
  • Understand how the world of professional media works
  • Appreciate how to set up your own blog, and take and choose images
  • Experience press conference and editorial briefings first hand
  • Hear and discuss how to become expert with guest speakers from the world of Irish journalism

Topics Covered: 

  • News values: what is news and where does it come from?
  • Writing a news story
  • Getting and recording information
  • How news works
  • Taking it online
  • Pitching your story
  • Editing essentials
  • Brevity skills: headlines - and Twitter
  • Media issues and ethics
  • Defamation and other legal issues 

What's Next?

Diploma in Digital Marketing



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