Johannesburg, South Africa

According to Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ), stories surround us in the media and in the conversations we share daily. But what is a story? And are the stories we tell really true of our lived experience? These questions have challenged literary theorists since ancient times. This workshop organised by IAJ will examine how one may set about collecting and reporting stories for the media. Whether participants' goal is to observe, entertain, educate, or change people, trainees will learn techniques of story-building using all the elements of narrative: genre, setting, theme, characterisation, plot, and dialogue. The emphasis throughout the workshop is to work with these elements and raise one’s critical awareness of the power of story.

By the end of the course, trainees will be able to:

  • describe classical theories of story from various cultures;
  • develop an improved grasp of story structure, from the 3-act to experimental forms;
  • gain confidence in selecting narrative as a media technique rather than information or attraction (or notices);
  • develop an understanding of how to create stories and use their power;
  • gain a commitment to ethical, credible, and engaging journalistic storytelling; and
  • seek out opportunities in South African and global media for the placement of good stories.

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Registration information:

To enquire about registration and fees, please contact IAJ (see details below).