Adventure Journalism  Short Courses

Course Information

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Saturday 27 January 2018 10:00 - 16:30 1 day masterclass £130.00 CS1224 Apply Now

Course Content

This one-day interactive workshop in Adventure Journalism will equip you with the practical knowledge, skills and techniques to guide you through the exciting world of travel and adventure journalism.

The Adventure Journalism course covers everything you need to get started in travel journalism, from building industry connections and commissioning your work to seeking out and reporting on world stories. You will learn best practice techniques for writing blogs and articles and get a good understanding of photography, video production and social media platforms.

This masterclass is suitable for:

  • Journalists looking to develop multi-platform skills
  • Journalists who want to move into travel journalism
  • People who want to break into travel journalism or writing
  • Anyone who wants to document their adventures and travels
  • Public relations specialists who wish to understand how to work with travel writers and journalists.

Why choose the Adventure Journalism short course?

City, University of London is one of the most reputable universities in the area of journalism; ranking 1st in London for Communication and Media Studies, according to the Complete University Guide 2018.

Travel journalism is undoubtedly one of the most desirable careers but starting off in the business can be tricky.

In this adventure journalism short course you will learn from the falls and successes of someone who has carved his own path in the travel journalism industry from the ground up. The short course is a fantastic programme for developing your practical skills from writing to networking.

Tutor Info

Ash Bhardwaj is a freelance travel and adventure journalist, former ski instructor and British Army Reserve Officer. He has worked in every aspect of the travel and adventure industry, including public relations, travel writing and TV production. This gives him a unique insight into building projects that work for everyone involved.

Ash’s writing has covered trips to Everest Base Camp, crossing deserts in the middle of summer, walking through crocodile infested parks in Uganda and the discovery of ancient cities in Cambodia. He is also a Producer of expedition documentaries and is the Founder and Creative Director of a Shoreditch-based production company, Digital Dandy.

He has written for The TimesThe Telegraph and Evening Standard newspapers, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Etihad InflightTimes Style and Magnificent Man magazines; and the Huffington Post and Mail Online websites. His articles have been the front cover of British Airways Highlife magazine and the Sunday Telegraph Discover section, and his camerawork has featured in the hit Channel 4 series Walking The Nile. He has given talks on adventure journalism and travel writing to Royal Scottish Geographic Society, The Special Forces Club, The Telegraph Adventure Show, PGI consulting, Tales of Adventure and many schools.

Ash is a Philosophy graduate of the University of Nottingham, commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and was a Media Guardian "One to Watch" of 2012.


A love of writing and a commitment to share your stories with others.

English Requirements

Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English.

What will I learn?

The Adventure Journalism Masterclass will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Goal setting: to be paid to document awesome adventures and travels of other people and your own
  • Roadmap of a career in adventure journalism. Drawing from the tutor’s own experience, what are the key markers that will help you to develop the skills, experience and credibility to become an adventure journalist?
  • Getting started: how to make your blog work harder
  • Income and getting paid - journalism and other sources
  • Travels and your own adventures: Skills for travel and expedition
  • Developing your own writing style and finding your own voice
  • Finding subject matter and niches
  • An introduction to photography and video production.
  • Networking.
  • Online presence: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube – SEO.
  • Marketing and self-promotion: sending your work to interested parties
  • Getting free stuff: PR support, working out what people want, and helping other people out - write it for free first
  • Getting commissions
  • Treating it like a business
  • Learn to live cheaply to enable you to pursue your career
  • Make a five year plan and commit to the long haul: your resilience will pay off.

On this one-day, seminar-style course in adventure journalism, you will get to study a number of case studies and examples that will bring this career to life.

You will be given a step-by-step guide to setting up a career in travel and adventure journalism.  You will be guided through worked examples with plenty of time for questions throughout the day.

The learning environment is motivational, inspirational and creative.

Teaching and Assessment

One-day, seminar-style course. Study of case studies and examples. Step-by-step guide to the set-up of a career in travel and adventure journalism.. Worked examples – practice. Q&As throughout.

Recommended Reading

Books and authors: Levison Wood, Walking the Nile; Rory Stewart, Places In Between; Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World; Henry Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines; AA Gill; Norman Lewis; George McDonald Fraser; Tim Butcher; Redmond O'Hanlon.
Magazines: Sunday Times Travel Magazine; BA Highlife Magazine
Blogs: Tim Ferriss; Ash Bhardwaj

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