Introduction to Journalistic Writing

A course by Paco Herranz , Journalist

Journalist. Madrid, Spain.
Joined June 2021

Learn to write a good, non-fiction story that combines journalistic techniques and genres, such as interviewing and news reporting

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  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn to write a good, non-fiction story that combines journalistic techniques and genres, such as interviewing and news reporting

A course by Paco Herranz

According to Paco Herranz, who has more than three decades of experience in journalism, those in his profession carry the responsibility of reporting on current events and uncovering stories that deserve to be told. If you're intrigued by finding out the facts and effectively reporting them to your audience, this course is your gateway to journalistic writing.

Paco introduces you to the field of journalism and techniques for creating a compelling article. Learn about different formats, the importance of sources, how to prepare and conduct a successful interview, and the steps to writing a well-crafted news report. By the end, you'll know how to tell stories that are critical, honest, and engaging without being morbid.

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What will you learn in this online course?

14 lessons & 38 downloads

  • 100% positive reviews (62)
  • 2108 students
  • 14 lessons (2h 25m)
  • 38 additional resources (13 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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What is this course's project?

Prepare, write, and edit a news report on a specific topic (preferably current) using an interview as your main source of information.

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Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of good journalism and playing an active role in promoting positive social change.

Requirements and materials

All you need for this course is curiosity, a desire to write, good people skills, a notepad, a pen, and a computer.


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Paco Herranz

A course by Paco Herranz

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Paco Herranz holds a doctorate in communication sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid. Since 2010, he has been teaching writing courses for the Journalism, Edition, Production, and New Technologies master's program at the CEU San Pablo University, as well as classes on the history of journalism at the University Carlos III of Madrid. He currently collaborates with the Russian news outlet Sputnik, writing weekly analyses on international politics, and with the educational history magazine La Aventura de la Historia. He also works for the digital platform industry TALKS.

From 1989 to 2013, Paco worked for the Spanish newspaper El Mundo and held a variety of positions during his time there, including collaborator, reporter, correspondent in Moscow, and head of international news. As a reporter, he has covered three armed conflicts, written numerous reports on a broad range of topics, and interviewed people from a wide range of backgrounds and circumstances. His career has taken him across the world to report in countries like the United States, Canada, Venezuela, Brazil, Angola, Taiwan, South Korea, Israel, Turkey, Algeria, Poland, the Baltic States, Italy, and Sweden.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Thinking like a journalist

    • Foundations of journalistic writing
    • Journalistic formats and genres
    • Journalistic genres: interview and profile
    • Journalistic genres: reportage and chronicle
  • U3

    Acting like a journalist

    • Choice of current topic
    • Target
    • The importance of sources
  • U4

    Writing like a journalist

    • Document for the interview
    • The interview
    • Report writing and editing
  • U5

    Living like a journalist

    • Adaptation of the report for the internet
    • The new (new) journalism
  • FP

    Final project

    • Introduction to Journalistic Writing

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Introduction to Journalistic Writing. Marketing, Business, and Writing course by Paco Herranz

Introduction to Journalistic Writing

A course by Paco Herranz
Journalist. Madrid, Spain.
Joined June 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (62)
  • 2108 students