Journalism and Digital Writing Boot Camp for Teens at the SA Writers Centre Inc.


Interested in journalism and want something to do during the upcoming school holidays?

Do you have students or teens who are unsure of their future career path? Or have they expressed an interest to work in journalism? Then send them our way!

In the school holidays we’re holding a three day Journalism and Digital Writing Boot Camp for Teens which will help them learn how to effectively break into this industry and to develop quality skills, whilst having a bucket load of fun!

This adventuresome boot camp will include sessions on Creating the Best Blog, How to Interview Like a Journalist, 12 Reasons Why Journalism Will Change Your Life, Writing Reviews, Autobiography plus more!

If you’re interested in attending, click the link for further information.

Please note this event is not compulsory to attend – just thought some students might be interested in the opportunity!

Guest Speaker: Samantha Prendergast


Hope everyone enjoyed the talk on Monday morning with freelance writer Samantha Prendergast.

The article we discussed ‘New Zealanders in Australia: neglected and vulnerable’ can be found in full at The Guardian online by clicking the link.  Here is also the link some of Sam’s collected articles for Frankie magazine.

If you have lost your sheet you can also download a copy by clicking the link below.

Task 6

Look forward to hearing more of your discussions about Samantha’s presentation on Wednesday.

Interview Techniques

In preparation for your next summative assignment you will need to understand the common interviewing techniques used by journalists, including techniques for different scenarios, preparing an interview, follow up questions as well as conducting an interview at short notice. Watch the BBC College of Journalism video on how to conduct an interview.

Below are some links to various techniques used and some ideas and tips to help you with your practice if you’re unsure!

Media Comparison Report

Robin Williams death last week received comprehensive news coverage. Above is an example of one tabloid front page and a redditor's response to its sensationalism.
Robin Williams death last week received comprehensive news coverage. Above is an example of one tabloid front page and a redditor’s response to its sensationalism.

In Task 2 you have been asked to complete a written report that analyses one print or electronic news media sample in relation to another of the same medium (for example Today Tonight). Below are some websites with links to relevant newspapers and TV current affairs programmes. Many websites now contain streaming services where you can access current stories and up to date information.

Online news media:

Current affairs TV programs

So you’ve forgotten how to write a report? Subheadings! x 3

Edit (Wednesday 20/8): I’ve removed the video as some students were getting a little confused as to the length and style of the report. A simple report with subheadings that outline the different comparative questions asked on the assignment sheet, with tables/graphs and referencing will suffice. Please see me on Friday if you are still having any issues.

Reading Between the Lines and Reporting

Broadsheet paper image

Above is a concise guide to some of the elements that make up the front page of newspaper. In Monday’s lesson (11th August) we will watch the clickview video – Reading Between the Lines and Reporting.  It gives a comprehensive insight into the daily workings of a newspaper in both morning and afternoon circulation.

When you are watching the video answer the following questions below from the video briefly either on computer or written in your workbooks.


  1. What is Journalism? What is the purpose of Journalism?
  2. What is the difference between ‘news’ and ‘current affairs’?
  3. What are some of the differences between TV & Radio journalism and newspaper journalism?
  4. Discuss the nature of a typical newspaper – e.g. contents, readership profile, relationship with advertisers, what determines place and order in the newspaper, etc.
  5. The difference between ‘broadsheet’ and ‘tabloid’? The advantages of each?
  6. What does it mean to find a new ‘angle’ on a story?
  7. Why is a news story the reverse of a fairy-tale?
  8. What is the ‘human interest’ or ‘news colour’ story?
  9. In what ways is the newspaper front page very much a ‘formulated’ page?
  10. What percentage of newspaper readers are “captured at the news stand”? What implications does this have for the creation of the newspaper?
  11. What does the “subbing” of the front page mean?
  12. Define the following elements of the front page of a newspaper:
  • a) masthead
  • b) blurb
  • c) byline
  • d) dateline
  • e) caption
  • f) headline
  • g) spill
  • h) pointer
  • i) trunk