Making News for Webpage

MAKING NEWS is a six-week certificate programme. It is designed to offer specialised training to sharpen the skill sets required for journalism. This programme will be spread over six interactive sessions, and will focus on the tenets of print journalism, which can also be adapted to online journalism.

Making News will begin with an introduction to news: what constitutes news and what does not. Participants will then be taken through the news gathering and the news writing processes.

If there are two separate incidents that can be covered, which one should be selected? On what basis should this be decided? Where will relevant information for this story be available? How should the people involved be approached? Which documents can be used? How can this information be presented in ways that are informative yet interesting? These are some of the questions that our sessions will answer.

The final session will be dedicated to providing individual feedback to participants based on their performance in class activities, and particularly with respect to a story writing assignment they will be expected to undertake towards the latter half of the programme.

OverviewThe workshop is designed to introduce the basics of print journalism to participants. What makes news? Where do reporters get their information from? What are some of the ways in which this information can be accessed and presented? These are some of the questions that will be addressed, at length, over the six weeks of this session. Participants will be encouraged to explore the answers to these questions themselves, by way of end-of-session assignments. The tenets taught here can also be adapted to online news writing.
Learning Outcomes1. Understand which events are newsworthy and why
2. Understand the different kinds of news
3. Understand the various sources of news information, and the ways to approach each
4. Understand how to structure a news copy
5. Understand what makes a news copy effective
StructureWhat is news
What news is not
What news is/ definition
Types of news/ beats
Evaluating importance of news items

News gathering
People as sources
Documents as sources

News writing
Writing (structuring, drafting, editing)
Effective writing (introduction, substantiation, full information, headlines)

From 4:30 to 7:30 pm, every Saturday starting November 8, except November 6, which is Ambedkar Jayanti.

November 8, 15, 22, 29.
December 13, and 20

P. L. Deshpande
Maharashtra Kala Academy
Next to Ravindra Natya Mandir,
Behind Siddhi Vinayak Temple,
Prabhadevi, Mumbai — 400 025

Resource Person:

Aloke Thakore

Aloke Thakore is a journalist, researcher and teacher. He has worked in print and television. He has
been a newsroom coach for The Times of India (Chennai and Kochi), Hindustan Times, People
(magazine), Bangalore Mirror, and Mumbai Mirror; and a management and editorial consultant for
The Emirates Evening Post (Dubai).

Having started his career with The Statesman in Calcutta, Thakore worked as a Producer with ABNI
and its merged avatar of CNBC, and was responsible for the channel output from Mumbai. He used
to write a media watch column for The Hoot ( called ‘Hammer and Tongs’, and has also
conducted, and consulted on, media research and training initiatives of the Media Foundation,
Panos South Asia, and PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action & Research), Mumbai.

A Media Leadership Fellow of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Thakore has a Ph.D. in Mass
Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an AM in International Relations from
the University of Chicago, and an MS in Journalism from the University of Kansas. He has a
bachelor’s degree in English from Calcutta University.

Thakore is the Honorary Director of the JM Foundation for Excellence in Journalism. He serves as a
trustee of the Informed Voter project ( He is also the founder-director of Font
& Pixel Media Pvt. Ltd., a media and education company.

Rs 8500/- inclusive of reading material, tea and snacks

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