Homepage
Tutoring Jobs
£35/h
1st lesson free!
Profile and degree verified
Response Time 1h
Lessons offered by Ellie
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Current affairs
  • Politics
  • Foreign Politics
  • Journalism
  • Communication
  • Media Studies
Levels
  • All Levels

Journalism lessons with BBC news/current affairs broadcast journalist, with journalism diploma and 1st class BA International Relations

Methodology

These lessons are aimed at students aged 16-22, and would be ideal for anyone who is trying to break into the world of journalism. Maybe you'll write for your university's paper or be a debater at your school. You'll definitely be a quick thinker and be unafraid to tackle topics that are completely new to you. I am lively and fun but very exacting when it comes to my work: I will expect you to strive for perfection. It doesn't matter if you fall short, it's just about pushing yourself and never settling for what you have now, because I can help you grow!

RESEARCH LESSON - 1 hour
- We choose a current topic (e.g. coronavirus vaccines, school exams, Bitcoin, Alexei Navalny)
- We work together on a Google Doc. First, I set out a plan for your research, then you research semi-independently for 30 minutes; you are free to ask me any questions you have about sources, how to organise things, which details to include.
- I check out your research, advise you on where to improve, and how to make it easy to translate your research into a story

WRITING LESSON (for after a research lesson, or bring research you already have e.g. from a school project) - 1.5 hours
- We choose a style of story ('hard' news story, opinion piece, mini podcast, listicle)
- We create a basic plan for your story, then slot your research into it
- On a joint Google Doc, you attempt to write your story out. Separately, I will also write parts of the story out for you to compare your finished work to.
- I go through your entire story and edit it, explaining to you why I am changing some words and how the sentences could be tightened or enhanced.

DEBATE CHAT - 30 mins
- A more informal lesson I'm open to running: we can 'argue' about any topic you wish in order to give you practice articulating your opinions and discussing topical issues.

Experience

* My lessons are ideal for aspiring journalists who want industry insight and to practice doing the sort of tasks that would be expected of them in the newsroom. *

I began freelancing as a broadcast journalist with the BBC whilst studying for my BA in International Relations at King's College London, then earned a Diploma in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. I've worked everywhere from Radio 4 to Politics Live to The Andrew Marr Show and more, plus edited a national radio current affairs programme and interviewed the Foreign Secretary on Election night, so I've seen many sides of the industry!
I bring practical knowledge of how to work, network and excel in a newsroom environment, plus industry insight into how to write copy worthy of publication and ask your interviewees the questions that get to the heart of the issue.
I want to help aspiring journalists refine their writing abilities so they can master the art of turning their research into a compelling story, using inventive language and spectacular grammar. I can also discuss contemporary political issues and critique your public speaking skills (I was the Debating Chair at my school and a Model United Nations fanatic!)

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £35/h

Details

Online only, given coronavirus!

Lessons offered by Ellie
Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Current affairs
  • Politics
  • Foreign Politics
  • Journalism
  • Communication
  • Media Studies
Levels
  • All Levels

Ellie's CV

Freelance Broadcast Journalist – BBC
Radio 4: The World Tonight, The Today Programme, World at One, PM (December 2018 –August 2020)
- Pitching and researching global news stories; briefing presenters; writing scripts and interview questions
- Sourcing guests; building a diverse contact book; pre-interviewing guests and determining angles for stories
BBC 1: The Andrew Marr Show (July 2019 – January 2020) - Paper Review Producer
- Choosing the week’s major stories for veteran journalists to discuss, focusing on domestic political issues
BBC 2: Politics Live (September - October 2018)
- Researching and producing stories and guests for the BBC’s daily politics programme
- Developing on-screen material: ‘explainers’, clips and interactive tweets

Communications Officer
Shout Out UK (August 2020 – December 2020)
- Short-term contract to help drum up support for the upcoming APPG on Political Literacy (Secretariat: Shout Out UK) by co-ordinating research and press relations, and recruiting over 15 parliamentarians and dozens of civil society organisations from the education and democracy-promotion spheres as Members
- Using accessible and humorous language to help young people understand politics, by writing articles, designing ad campaigns, and securing press coverage for events such as London Voter Registration Week as well as writing Opinion pieces in both Schools Week and The Independent and creating press releases and infographics

Current Affairs Producer
Love Sport Radio: The Kelvin Mackenzie Show (February - March 2020)
- Single-handedly producing Kelvin Mackenzie’s two-hour current affairs programme every weekday, demonstrating an extreme ability to work independently and handle both huge responsibility and time pressure whilst exercising news judgement and convincing high-profile guests to appear on the show e.g. Rory Stewart and Lord Adonis


WORK EXPERIENCE

Researcher
ITN (November-December 2019)
- Investigative research on suicide among veterans with PTSD; scouring social media for potential case studies; maintaining the highest level of confidentiality and sensitivity for the duration of the project

Assistant
The Office of John Howells MP, Portcullis House (October 2014)
- Undertook research, replied to routine correspondence, and attended Parliamentary debates and Select Committees

EDUCATION

NCTJ Diploma in Journalism - Level 3 (Gold Standard)
Press Association (Part-time, September 2019 – July 2020)
- Essential Media Law (90%), Public Affairs (87%), Court Reporting (84%), Ethics (90%)
- 100 words per minute Shorthand, journalistic writing skills, production journalism and a portfolio

BA International Relations - First Class Honours
King’s College London (September 2016 – August 2019)
- Focused on development aid, global governance and war reporting
- Presenter and Broadcast Editor of weekly international current affairs radio show, IR On Air
- President, Vice President and Consultant at global pro-bono consultancy 180 Degrees Consulting

Similar tutors

current affairs lessons closeby? Here's a selection of tutor listings that you can check out.
Superprof can also suggest politics lessons to help you.
Learning isn't a problem, foreign politics lessons for all!
Taking journalism lessons has never been easier: you're going to learn new skills.

London
Teaching, Proofreading, Consultancy and BA, MA, and PhD applications to the UK universities
£50
Dr John
  • (3 reviews)
1st lesson free!

My teaching methodology is quite flexible. I usually use PowerPoint and try to involve the student in the discussion and...

Lessons by webcam Face to face lessons Approved profile
London
I am specialized in Foreign policy by having a strong theoretical background.
£50
Dr John
  • (3 reviews)
1st lesson free!

My teaching method is essentially based on powerpoint and going through the readings together sometimes. However, I am quite...

Lessons by webcam Face to face lessons Approved profile
London
I am Dr of Political Science with specialisation in the Middle Easter Politics and Religion
£50
Dr John
  • (3 reviews)
1st lesson free!

My teaching methodology is [most of the time] up to students level of learning. I always ask students suggestions and...

Lessons by webcam Face to face lessons Approved profile
London
Oxford  and Cambridge graduate Offering Lessons in Education Studies and Social Sciences
£55
Tracey Yani
  • (11 reviews)
1st lesson free!

My teaching style is very much student-centred and I have always tried to tailor my lesson plans according to the needs and...

Lessons by webcam Face to face lessons Approved profile
London
A-Level student offering history lessons in and near Camden, predicted an A at A Level
£10
Ella
1st lesson free!

I am currently focusing on giving lessons to GCSE History students. At GCSE, I studied; Medicine through time, Elizabethan...

Lessons by webcam Face to face lessons Approved profile
London
Graduate Master's Student offering History tuition at all levels. Giving lessons online anywhere.
£17
Victoria
  • (5 reviews)
1st lesson free!

I prefer to centre my teaching methods around what you as the student are requiring. My time during school and university...

Lessons by webcam Face to face lessons Approved profile
London
LSE Undergraduate Politics and Philosophy student offering tutoring in politics, philosophy and history
£10
Harriet
1st lesson free!

I am able to give lessons in politics, philosophy and history up to A level. My key aim in lessons is to provide engaging...

Lessons by webcam Face to face lessons Approved profile Responds within an hour
London
A teacher is one who bridges the gap for a student from where he is standing to where he can lead.
£15
Deepali
1st lesson free!

My teaching methodology is starting with the basic concepts and then taking the concept to a higher level using analogies...

Lessons by webcam Face to face lessons Approved profile
London
I studied communication and I know how interesting it is...but what if we have fun as well?
£11
Marty
  • (2 reviews)
1st lesson free!

I have a practical approach. I usually start from the example to get to the theory because I think it is more effective and...

Lessons by webcam Face to face lessons Approved profile
London
Enthusiastic and casual former UCL grad student offering lessons up to university level in London
£15
Zachary Tak Ming
1st lesson free!

Being a laid back person, and being from the West Coast (where people generally operate a bit more casually), I believe in a...

Lessons by webcam Face to face lessons Approved profile
London
Oxford undergrad in London offering to teach History, RS, English, Maths or sciences. Achieved A* a levels in Chemistry, Maths, Drama and History and 10 9s at GCSE
£12
Zoe
1st lesson free!

I personalise my teaching by developing an understanding of which methods best suit the student. I use a wide variety of...

Lessons by webcam Face to face lessons Approved profile
London
UCL Social and Political Studies student offering Geography, hHistory, Politics and Philosophy tutoring.
£12
Benedek
1st lesson free!

My method is dialectic: I love to help student explore the subjects themselves which helps them aquire deep understanding of...

Lessons by webcam Face to face lessons Approved profile
London
Masters student, studying International Studies and Diplomacy offering Political Science lessons- London
£30
Simran
1st lesson free!

My teaching method is based on interactive learning. As political science is a theoretical subject it is important to...

Lessons by webcam Face to face lessons Approved profile
London
Foreign Affairs, Middle East, China Studies, Methodology, Sociology, Politics, Anthropology, Business, Dissertation Teaching Skills
£50
Time-Academy
1st lesson free!

* Political Science I provide teaching in all political subjects. *Research Methodology: I am an...

Lessons by webcam Face to face lessons Approved profile
London
Hello, I am a Master’s student at LSE studying Gender, Peace and Security and I also have a BA in History from Durham University. I would like to help others fulfil their academic potential and to enj
£20
Millie
1st lesson free!

My approach to teaching is all about discussion and interaction as I believe that this creates an environment where students...

Lessons by webcam Face to face lessons Approved profile
London
Giving lessons in history,sociology and politics for all those mind-boggled by it
£18
Anja
1st lesson free!

I believe best teaching method is through conversation and asking challenging questions. My approach is adaptable based on...

Lessons by webcam Face to face lessons Approved profile
London
Double first in Postgraduate and undergraduate politics. Teaching History and Politics (London)
£9
Christian
1st lesson free!

Lessons in Politics and International relations from AS to Degree Level. History to A2 Level. I'd do an introductory...

Lessons by webcam Face to face lessons Approved profile
London
History of Art student offering History of Art, Film, German, and Communication Skills tutoring.
£7
Adi
1st lesson free!

I like to help guide people to find out a way to get to the answer themselves, using the resources they have around them,...

Lessons by webcam Face to face lessons Approved profile
London
Doctoral level Art Historian based in London offering approaches to modern and contemporary art
£50
Kate
  • (1 review)
1st lesson free!

By creating a space to share experiences of art and its histories, I encourage my students to develop strategies for...

Lessons by webcam Face to face lessons Approved profile
London
Extensive research and practical experience in Sociology, Anthropology, Religion and the Middle East
£40
Kay
1st lesson free!

I have my unique teaching methods but quite flexible. Depends on the student’s needs, learning and needs I alter my method...

Lessons by webcam Face to face lessons Approved profile
at her home at your home By webcam
1 hour Not available Not available £35
Book a class