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Freelance journalism course (Level 3 Diploma)

College of Media and Publishing


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£294.50 PER COURSE

What will I learn?

Our online freelance journalism course trains you to write compelling news and articles for both print and online publications on a range of topics.

This course is an ideal place for beginners to start. It covers all of the journalism basics, and teaches you to work as a professional freelance journalist.

Our graduates get articles published most days. Many of them have gone on to become successful freelancers, and make a good living from writing.

Freelance journalism is a great opportunity to turn a pastime or interest into a lucrative part-time job or full-time career.

Multimedia and print publications worldwide have a constant need for original, interesting and topical content. Many rely on freelancers to deliver that content.

Our freelance journalism course will show you how to develop saleable ideas, identify suitable markets and approach assigning editors.

With the right training, you could become a regular contributor of:

  • in-depth features for consumer and business magazines
  • blog posts and online articles
  • news stories and features for local newspapers
  • reviews, columns, letters and fillers

Our comprehensive online freelance journalism course will teach you how to:

  • using your own skills, experiences, qualifications and opinions to produce article ideas
  • sourcing information, conducting research and carrying out effective interviews
  • writing news, articles and features for digital and print publications
  • applying media law and ethics
  • selling your work and get paid

You will also benefit from unlimited tutor support every step of the way, including personalised feedback on every assignment.

We have an excellent track record in helping our freelance journalism learners set up as successful freelancers and find regular work. See some examples on our own website.

Duration and hours:

The duration of this course is flexible. You fit your studies around your lifestyle, and learn at a pace you're completely comfortable with.

Course subjects

Lesson 01: Introduction to freelance journalism

Lesson 02: Copy presentation and terminology

Lesson 03: Notebook discipline and record keeping

Lesson 04: Contacts book

Lesson 05: Sources and output

Lesson 06: Using a style guide

Lesson 07: Who publishes what

Lesson 09: Newswriting techniques

Lesson 10: Independent Press Standards Organisation: regulatory code

Lesson 11: Feature writing

Lesson 12: Press releases, reports and handouts

Lesson 13: Events, meetings and press conferences

‚ÄčLesson 14: Media law basics

Lesson 15: Selling your work


When you graduate, you will receive the ABC awards certificate of achievment, and the accredited CMP diploma in Freelance journalism. Both qualifications are industry recognised, and prove you are a certified freelance journalist.

What do I need to know?

No experience or previous qualifications are required for this course. It is available to people of all ages and abilities. The only thing we ask is that you have basic written English skills.

Awarding Body

ABC Awards

Course info


Nationally recognised qualification

Study Hours

Variable - to suit the learner

Study mode




Total time for completion

No time limit

More info on price

£244.50. You can pay online by credit/debit card, or via paypal

Who runs this course?




Accredited online courses for individuals and businesses Copywriting course  |  Proofreading course  | Social media marketing course | Staff training courses There are significant advantages by studying at a genuine online college that is fully accredited, quality endorsed and registered by the UK government. Whether you want to learn new skills at home or develop your career at work, our online courses are acclaimed as among the best on the market, and lead to recognised qualifications. Our accredited online courses are trusted by organisations such as Arsenal FC ,  The BBC, BT , Disney , Vodafone ,  Waitrose  and many more . They are also used by thousands of

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