Intensive 1.1

Welcome to your first intensive week. Intensive sessions are characterised by group project work, practical workshops with external professionals, and long days! You’ll need to be in class sessions from 10am to 4pm.

Intensive 1.1 is centered around a partner project, which will comprise a text and photo feature story with the theme of boundaries published on 


10th Oct – Monday

  • 10am: News Literacy seminar
  • 1.30pm: Introduction to, the platform you’ll use for this weeks partner project. Text & photo story examples.
  • 2.30pm: Text Critique
  • 3.30pm: Text -Attribution
  • 4.00pm: Students to help organise classroom for one hour – Thanks! 🙂

11th Oct – Tuesday

  • 10am: Writing workshop & Pitch Session with writer Kathleen McLaughlin.
  • pm: 1.30: Photo Critique & Photography skills 2 (Exposure compensation) / Captioning / Checking archives & metadata / Lenses
  • 4.00pm: Workshop with Lene Winther – Clear story angles
  • 5.00pm: Workshop with Lene Winther – Producing Radio Stories
  • 6.15pm Audio Gear guide (15 mins)
  • 7.00: Optional Documentary film screening Micheal Moore, Where to Invade Next

12th Oct – Wednesday

  • Field reporting for partner project

13th Oct – Thursday

  • Writing & Editing your partner project.
  • Deadline: upload your feature story and images online on by 12 midnight.

14th Oct – FridayFree day

15th Oct – Saturday

  • 10 am: AdRes Session with Yan Cong on: Academic research, Study & Writing skills, plus Term 1 assignment briefing and guidelines
  • pm: Text & Photo Feature Story Feedback & Critique with Kathleen & Sharron

Partner project

You will work in groups of two to produce a text and photo feature story. The theme is ‘Boundaries’. You are free to interpret this theme, see some ideas below. We poached the theme from a magazine – – so you could pick up more inspirations from their boundary themed articles. See more at

The aim of this project is for you to enjoy reporting a story of your choice and of course to build on the photo and writing skills you already have. We will assign you a partner and you’ll need to be ready to pitch your idea to a professional writer on Tuesday, who will act as a commissioning editor accepting or rejecting ideas, so be sure to have more than one. Do enough pre-research to see if your idea is viable and accessible in the time period, and have some ideas about who you might want to speak with, the locations you will visit and what story focus you want to explore. Sharron will act as the photo editor, so come prepared with ideas of style and approach and a shot list.

  • Boundaries of the city – what happens on physical boundaries. Could mean a story on trash collectors on the edge of Beijing, or migrant workers who live there, or traffic jams on the outside of town, or suburban sprawl, sleeper cities like Yanjiao, the new 7th ring road –  endless really.
  • Boundaries of relationships – lots of material to mine there – divorce, infidelity, China’s boundaries on families, etc.
  • Boundaries of socio-economic nature, those with rural hukous living in the city. This applies to poorer migrants who live on the fringes of the city, as well as white collar workers.
  • Boundaries of gender – pretty obvious, right?
  • Boundaries of religion, faith, beliefs
  • Boundaeries of generations. China’s rapidth social and economic change  means generational bounderies are quite strongly defined. Parents and childrens lives are often wildy different, there are even well known categories of 70’s, 80’s 90’s and 00′ kids.
  • Boundaries of taste, style, etc
  • Disappearing boundaries, Physical and notional
  • Boundaries of…

Examples of text and photo features:

In Search of a Peaceful Place to Die.  A reluctance among Chinese to confront death makes life more difficult for the country’s terminally ill.

Romania’s disappearing girls. Poverty, desperation drive girls from their hometowns and into the arms of sex traffickers

Hands Across the Water. Sea Watch tries to save the migrants Europe ignores