Geddes Trust: Student Journalism Masterclass Hilary 2023


The Geddes Trust, which will award £6,500 worth of journalism prizes to Oxford students in late Hilary, is hosting an masterclass from top Fleet Street journalists for students interested in journalism.

The evening will give students a chance to learn from working journalists, ask questions, receive career advice, and practise a vital journalistic skill — schmoozing.Where: Doctorow Hall, St Edmund HallWhen: Friday 27th January from 6.30pm to 9pm

How do I sign up?

Via this form. Any Oxford student is welcome to sign up, but preference will be given to those who are in their final year and have participated in student journalism.  Please state which year you are in and provide one link to an article published in a recognised student or other publication.

The format of the evening is as follows:

18:00 – 18:30     Guests arrive

18:30 – 18:45    Introduction

18:45 – 19:30    HOW TO WRITE AND EDIT A NEWS STORY: News writing is the most important skill an aspiring hack can learn. Tony Diver, Sunday Political Editor of the Telegraph, and Emma Byrne, Assistant Editor of the Spectator, will run a session on filing fast, accurate copy to impress prospective editors.

19:30 – 20:15     INTRODUCTION TO DATA JOURNALISM: Tom Calver is Data Editor at The Times and The Sunday Times. In this interactive session he will explain why data journalism is one of the most important skills in the modern newsroom: how it helps us understand the complex world we live in, find exclusive stories and hold power to account.

20:15 – 21:00     Networking event, with drinks and snacks.

This is an event not to be missed, so please sign up to reserve your place as soon as possible.  You do not have to be involved with student journalism to take part, but preference will be given to those who have been involved in journalism whilst a student and are in their final year.  We will also be giving full details of the Geddes Prizes for student journalism, which are worth £6,500, and for which you can apply this term.