Learn the Craft of Journalism

Butterfield to host four-week workshop

The Butterfield Library will offer a program starting Tuesday, Feb. 2, for adults interested in learning the craft and art of news and feature writing. The workshop, “So You Want to be a Journalist?,” will consist of four 90-minute sessions on consecutive Tuesdays taught by Anita Peltonen. Each begins at 6 p.m.

The course will cover the basics of how to tell an editor and audience what’s exciting about a story, find the most riveting and important facts, know the right and wrong things to do in journalism, build confidence in your lead sentence and story-writing, handle different delivery systems—print versus broadcast versus web-based venues, and approach a controversial subject. The goal is to end up with an edited piece and ideas for where to pitch it.

Peltonen has worked in journalism and photojournalism as a reporter, news editor, copy editor and foreign correspondent in print and radio. She also has been an adjunct in journalism at New York University for five years.

Registration is required at the library’s online calendar at butterfieldlibrary.org. Call 845-265-3040 for more information. The Butterfield Library is located at 10 Morris Avenue in Cold Spring. The workshop is limited to those 18 and older.

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