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In this course, author Tom Geller explores the process of writing articles and publications for businesses large and small. The course begins with a look at the preparation you'll need to do, best ways to find assignments, and smart strategies for determining your article approach. Next, the course dives into techniques you can use to brainstorm angles, research, interview experts, finish a piece, and build your portfolio.
- Adopting technical tools
- Gathering reference materials
- Defining an article
- Finding assignments
- Determining your approach
- Conducting interviews
- Managing revisions
- Following up
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I hope this course helps you bring your article from concept to publication and that you're ready to take on any other assignments that come your way. If you would like to go further, here are some resources that could help you. The best way to find out about the industry is to be active in it. Start by checking out the journalism organizations listed by the American Journalism Review at ajr.org. You'll probably also get a lot of views from other links under their Resources menu. I found a nicely annotated list of groups in an article by Jeremy Porter: 30 Organizations Dedicated to Keeping Journalism Great.
It's on journalistics.com, which has lots of great posts about both journalism and public relations. As you move forward, you will want to educate yourself about legalities surrounding journalism. A good place read up on that is the Citizen Media Law Project's Legal Guide. For a concise overview, scroll to the bottom of that page and click Risks Associated with Publication. Finally, there are several lynda.com courses to get you better at both using writers' tools and running a writer's business.
It's hard to say which of the business courses you'll find most useful, as that depends on your specific situation, but five that I think are universally relevant are Time Management Fundamentals, Negotiation Fundamentals, Managing Your Career, Building Your Professional Network, and Freelancing Fundamentals. As for tools, lynda.com has courses that cover many of the ones you'll use. Among them are courses on Microsoft Word, Google Drive, and calendar programs such as Outlook and Google Calendar.
Also check out the lynda.com course on Evernote, a tool which is popular among writers. Above all, keep reading articles wherever you find them, and keep an eye out for changes in the market that could lead to better opportunities or a chance to improve your skills. Thanks for watching Writing Articles.