A new initiative to help budding journalists will get underway in Paphos in April with those attending learning reporting skills from well-known writer Andrea Busfield.
Former newspaper journalist and editor Busfield said the programme is an opportunity for youngsters considering journalism as a possible career to gain essential journalism skills, as well as gathering a portfolio to present to colleges and employers.
“Age is not a barrier in good reporting and we also want adults to come and have a go. It may enable them to fulfil a dream of being a journalist,” she said.
The five-week course is a basic introduction to the ‘essentials of the trade’, and includes news gathering, interview techniques and article writing for news and features, she said.
On completion, students will automatically qualify for membership of the Chakra reporters club.
“Our team will continue to mentor students, helping them to develop skills and story ideas and ensure that their articles are publication ready before submission to the local and national press,” said.
There are two courses: one aimed at youngsters aged 13 and up, and the second for adults.
The idea behind the Chakra reporters’ club is to try and create the same kind of buzz associated with a working news room. Every Saturday afternoon members will be able to drop in and discuss story ideas with the team, take advantage of the experience on offer and turn those ideas into articles. This will begin once the courses have finished.
The team will then ensure the articles are edited to a professional standard ready for submission with the main objective being to see reporters’ names in print, either online or in the local press.
Creative Writing with Andrea Busfield
Students aged 13 plus Saturdays from April 20. 1.30pm-3pm. Adults Tuesdays from April 23. 6pm-7.30pm. For information: 99-914351 or Facebook: chakragallerypaphos