Course Details

Magazine Features Pitching and Commissioning Masterclass

Tutor: Louise France

Louise France has over 20 years of experience as both a writer and editor and has previously edited the award-winning The Times Magazine, The Times’ Saturday colour supplement and the Observer Review.

A reminder that if you are an NUJ member and you’ve been made redundant in the past 6 months we will offer you two training days for free.

Workshop overview:

This workshop will look at how to come up with ideas, how to pitch them, what national magazines and newspapers are looking for – and what they’re not.

Who Should Attend:

  • Freelance (or temporarily unemployed) journalists looking to expand their offering
  • Employed journalists wanting to interest national magazines and supplements in regional stories.
  • Any journalist looking for new inspiration and ideas and who wants insight into what commissioning editors at the nationals are looking for.


A better understanding of:

  • How to think like a commissioning editor
  • How to earn money as a freelance
  • How to turn a mediocre idea into a good one
  • How to pitch

Course Trainer

Louise France

Louise France

Louise France is deputy editor of The Times Saturday supplement. Previously she was deputy editor of the Observer Woman and Observer Food Monthly magazines, deputy editor of the Observer magazine and editor of its Review section.

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