Everything You Need To Know About Journalism, Taught By The Guardian’s Greatest Writers | Guardian masterclasses

With the search for the truth and the power to be accountable more needed than ever, there’s no better time to act on your curiosity about a career in journalism. Whether you want to pursue a story for a survey, believe in the potential of opinion pieces to change the status quo, or just want to hone your writing skills, this is a masterclass you can’t miss.

Led by leading Guardian writers, this workshop will demystify an industry that can sometimes seem closed or complicated. Get tips on everything from finding stories to writing and interviewing, as well as how to pitch your ideas to editors.

During the day, you will have the opportunity to ask your questions directly to our journalists and will also have the opportunity to submit a written assignment for review before the course.

… very engaging, especially with anecdotes drawn from their own personal experiences. I’m doing a masters in journalism and still managed to get a lot of useful advice that I had never heard before!

You will receive a link to the webinar 2 hours before the start time of 2:00 p.m. (GMT).


  • introduction: Guardian Editor-in-Chief on Diversity and Development Joseph harker introduce you to the key principles of journalism, the differences between reporting, reporting and opinion pieces, and how the Guardian editorial code underpins our journalism.

  • How to start: This session will focus on where and how to get ideas to start writing an article, an overview of good writing techniques and practices, and how to start developing your own style.

  • Digital journalism: the Guardian’s Europe correspondent, Jon henley, will teach you how to effectively use social media to find and tell stories and how the changing digital landscape is shaping the future of journalism.

  • Investigative journalism: journalist and author of The Windrush Betrayal, Amélie Monsieur explain how to conduct in-depth and critical research and incorporate it into an investigation, as well as the ethical considerations of breaking up a story.

  • How to interview: feature writer Simon hattenstone will cover techniques for carrying out an interview, from accepting people to dealing with difficult subjects.

  • Pitch to editors: learn to write the perfect pitch like Joseph harker details the common pitfalls and mistakes it sees, and will teach you how to avoid them and shed light on what publishers are looking for.

This course is for ..

  • Anyone looking for insight into best writing practices and wants to develop their journalism skills.

  • Anyone who wants to know what publishers are looking for and how to write a compelling pitch.

Tutor profiles

Joseph harker is the editor of The Guardian, Diversity and Development. He is a former editor and publisher of the weekly Black Briton.

Jon henley is a Senior Guardian Writer, responsible for the Guardian’s acclaimed series Greece on the Breadline, the multi-award winning Multimedia Interactive Firestorm and a series of feature articles that earned him a nomination for Best British Writer of the year. During his 25-year career with The Guardian, Jon has reported in more than 30 countries and five continents. He is currently based in Paris as a Europe correspondent.

Amélie Monsieur is a reporter for the Guardian. She was named 2018 Journalist of the Year for her investigations into the Windrush scandal, and also won the Paul Foot Prize, the Cudlipp Prize and an Amnesty Award for Reporting. Previously, she won the Orwell Prize for Political Journalism and Writer and Specialist of the Year at the British Press Awards. Her book The Windrush Betrayal, Exposing the Hostile Environment was shortlisted for the 2020 Orwell Book Prize. Amelia has previously reported from Paris and Moscow for the Guardian and from Delhi for the New York Times.

Simon hattenstone is a Guardian screenwriter and interviewer. He also occasionally writes books, including his memoir Out Of It, and has written ghost books for world snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan and Duwayne Brooks, Stephen Lawrence’s friend who was attacked along with him.


Dated: Saturday, January 15, 2022
Times: 2 p.m.-5.30 p.m. (GMT)
Price: standard ticket price £ 99 (plus £ 4.47 booking fee)

This masterclass is available worldwide. If you are joining us from outside the UK, please use this time zone converter to check your local live broadcast time.

2 p.m. GMT | 3 p.m. CET | 6:00 am PST | 9 a.m. EST

You will receive a link to the webinar 2 hours before the start time of 2:00 p.m. (GMT).

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