In troubled times for newspapers, talented freelance journalists are hot property. As advertising revenues plummet and job losses increase, do you have what it takes to produce a steady stream of stories that editors absolutely have to buy?

In this course, we consider how to spot stories across a range of genres – from sport to travel to fashion – and how to target the best outlet for your story. In workshops, we’ll learn the secrets of pitching ideas and securing the commission. We’ll also consider the tools of the trade, how to deal with editors, illustrating your story, working across print, online and multi-media platforms; and how to file clean copy, written in house-style, to deadline every time. We will also consider copyright and how to re-package and on-sell stories in Australia and overseas. Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of writing.

Erin O’Dwyer is a lecturer in the Journalism, Information and Media Studies group at UTS and an award-winning journalist. She has worked as a journalist for 12 years, and in that time worked on staff at The Courier-Mail in Brisbane and The Sun-Herald in Sydney. She now works freelance and is a contributing feature writer for The Sydney Morning Herald. Erin also contributes to a range of magazine titles including Australian Geographic, Readers Digest and Vogue. In 2006, she was awarded an Australian United Nations Media Peace Award for an investigation into cousin-to-cousin marriages in Sydney’s immigrant community. In 2009 she added broadcast journalism to her kit-bag, producing two radio features for ABC Radio National.

5, 12, 19, 26 August – 4 Thursday evenings – 6 to 9pm – 3.210

Course fee: $600 or $455 concession (further discounts for UTS students and Alumni)