Master the art of writing to video and how to capture the gist of a story in a few engaging sentences in this two-day course.

Television news is about bringing words and images together in a way that is utterly compelling to your viewer. A great TV news script appeals to the senses of sight and sound. Learn the secrets of broadcast news writing from acclaimed TV journalists who’ve become household names through their reporting. In this practical two-day course, you will not only learn step-by-step how to create compelling TV news stories, but also build on essential skills in scripting, structuring your ideas and breaking down complex news topics. 

By the end of this course you’ll be able to: 

  • Write for the ear and the eye 
  • Write to video and let it do the heavy lifting
  • Capture the essence of a story
  • Write killer top lines 
  • Craft succinct, engaging straps and headlines
  • Explain complex topics in a few sentences
  • Keep stories fresh, dynamic and interesting
  • Stay on top of breaking and developing news 
  • Work under tight deadlines 

Course Details

Duration: Two days
Location: Johannesburg or online
Group size: 3-10 participants

How it works: This course can either be run as a block course (two consecutive days) or one day of training weekly over two weeks.


Nala Academy prides itself on offering the best, by the best. We provide a range of online and in-person courses for journalists, editors and content producers. Our training is dynamic, contemporary and practical – with course content that evolves as quickly as the industry does. 

Our core training team includes some of the most recognised names in media in Africa who have built, led and worked for some of the biggest media brands on the continent. We also bring in prominent global journalists and communicators as guest trainers. 

To sign up for this course or enquire about our other offerings, get in touch.