Teachers get schooled in newsroom techniques

Educators taking part in a group activity during a feature writing workshop. Held on Aug 30 and 31, it was jointly developed by The Straits Times Schools department and specialists from English- language learning space Between the Lines.
Educators taking part in a group activity during a feature writing workshop. Held on Aug 30 and 31, it was jointly developed by The Straits Times Schools department and specialists from English- language learning space Between the Lines.ST PHOTO: SERENE LUO

Some 30 teachers learnt how to make their feature articles come alive at workshops last week.

During a live-editing session, The Straits Times Schools deputy editor Serene Luo used her journalistic skills to jazz up stories which the teachers had written just minutes earlier.

The one-day workshop for English-language educators - in its second run - was conducted on Aug 30 and 31. It was jointly developed by The Straits Times Schools department and specialists from English-language learning space Between the Lines.

Held at the Intercontinental Singapore and titled "In the Shoes of a Journalist - Get to the Heart of the Matter", it brought educators face to face with reporters and editors, who spoke about newsroom processes and techniques, such as looking for story opportunities, crafting story angles and writing headlines.

The trainers also translated newsroom techniques into strategies which teachers can use when teaching feature-article writing.

For more information about the ST Schools programme, visit www.straitstimes.com/stschools

To find out about training and workshops by ST Schools, e-mail Mr David Tan at davtan@sph.com.sg

David Tay

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2016, with the headline 'Teachers get schooled in newsroom techniques'. Print Edition | Subscribe