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Accredited freelance photojournalism diploma

Freelance photojournalism level 3 diploma

Course summary

£294.50 incl VAT. Payment options
3 x monthly payments of £98.16. No charges, interest or credit checks.
Ian Campbell
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Duration / hours:
Flexible: 1 - 3 months
ABC Awards level 3 diploma
Awarding body:
ABC Awards

Course review

Jim Matthews: freelance photojournalism course

The course was better than expected, with real life assignments to complete. Very helpful feedback that was both constructive and informative. I enjoyed the course so much.

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Clive Maclennan: freelance photojournalism course

Communication was first class and very quick - sometimes within the hour. The tutorial support was second to none. The course content was spot on - it could not have been improved.

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Course overview

Freelance photojournalism course student taking a photo for a possible storyAnyone can be a photojournalist these days. You will see viewers' photos on the TV news, online and in printed media.

Our freelance photojournalism course will give you the skills you need to:

  • identify marketable photo opportunities
  • take great photos
  • write stories to go with them
  • make money by selling them

There is a strong market for news, photos and features for multimedia platforms. Publishers pay hundreds for good photos, and are more likely to use those that have well-written articles to go with them.

And our freelance photojournalism course will equip you to source them and sell them.

It leads to the respected CMP diploma, which is recognised by editors and journalists throughout the world.

The course is the most comprehensive journalism course on the market, and shows you how to:

  • create photo and article ideas and match them to multi-media platforms: online, tablet, print, Twitter etc
  • source photos and stories through research, searching and interviews
  • write image-led news articles and features and adapt them for different platforms
  • understand media law and ethics
  • take and edit videos, photos and podcasts
  • sell your work and get paid

When you graduate, you will receive the respected CMP Charter Mark as well as an accredited diploma.

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At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards, and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the subjects they have completed as part of the course.

This freelance photojournalism journalism course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme

We will also email you the fully accredited CMP diploma in freelance photojournalism j, which is an industry recognised qualification that proves you are a qualified photojournalist.

These awards will enable you to apply for photojournalism jobs, develop your career, or help you find freelance work.


This course covers everything you need to know to get started as a photojournalist.

Lesson 01: Photojournalists and photojournalism
  • Examine what the photojournalist does, and where you fit in
  • Analyse online magazines, and other news platforms, so you can produce relevant content
Lesson 02: Contacts book
  • Record your contacts' information safely, legally and efficiently
Lesson 03: Sources and output
  • Use your skills, knowledge, contacts and experience to produce images to sell
  • Find original ideas for images using the internet and social media searches
  • Prepare your images for publication online and on social media, and other news platforms 
Lesson 04: The journey of a photo
  • How your images progress from being taken to being published 
 Lesson 05: Independent Press Standards Organisation: regulatory code
  • Adhere to the media's regulatory framework in your photojournalism activities
Lesson 06: Action shots
  • Identify the skills needed to take action and moving shots
  • Understand the specific requirements involved in action shots
Lesson 07: Group photography
  • Why taking group photographs poses unique problems
  • List techniques that will improve the conduct of group photoshoots and the quality of the photos
Lesson 08: Fashion photography
  • How to cover fashion photoshoots and other fashion events
Lesson 09: Covering events overseas
  • How to cover overseas events successfully, using the latest technology
Lesson 10: Covering disasters and tragedies
  • How to cover current events and incidents as natural disasters
  • Understand the ethical and moral framework which informs your work as a photojournalist
​Lesson 11: Covering police
  • The complexities involved in the press’ relationship with the police
  • How to obtain information effectively from the police
  • The problems that the press can encounter when dealing with the police
  • How to conduct effective coverage of road accidents
  • How a photojournalist can assist the police
  • Personal safety when covering dangerous events
Lesson 12: Digital archiving
  • The issues related to the archiving of digitally captured images
  • The implications of deleting digitally captured images on recording historical events
Lesson 13: Death knocks and pick-up pictures
  • How to approach a death knock
  • Identify the needs of the newsdesk in relation to pick-up pictures
Lesson 14: Stake-outs
  • What stake-out is and when it is employed
  • How to prepare for a stake-out
Lesson 15: Theatre photocalls
  • What is required and what to expect at theatre photocalls
Lesson 16: Selling your work
  • Pitch your content to the media: who to approach, how, and when, so you can negotiate the best deal

Where you could fit in as a photojournalist

Most people are capable of becoming successful photojournalists. They just don't realise it.

Photojournalism is open to anyone who can has a smartphone or camera and ideas for image-led multimedia articles and features. And that means you!

We are confident that you have experiences, skills, relationships and qualifications that will provide a wealth of article ideas.

You just need to know how to turn them into marketable products, and who to approach to sell them.

We will show you how to match your ideas to appropriate platforms, write the articles in the appropriate style, create packages with video, images and audios, and sell them.

Photojournalism is also about knowing the right people: the editors, the publishers and the staff journalists who make the decisions.

Our tutors have an unrivalled range of active contacts on hundreds of newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs and radio / TV stations.

They will make personal introductions for you, so that you stand the best possible chance of getting your work used regularly.

We also have arrangements with top news and feature agencies. They are waiting to sell great images from people like you, and will share the proceeds 60-40 with you. You get the 60%!

And we have databases containing the personal email addresses and contact details of every newspaper, magazine and radio journalist in the UK.

So you can be confident of linking up with the right people to get your work used.

Course tutor: Dave Griffiths

Journalist | writer | subeditor | proofreader

PA |Manchester Evening News |Orange

Dave is a freelance journalist, writer, sub editor and proofreader with 27 years' experience.

He will mark your work, answer your questions and give you friendly help and advice.

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This course gets results

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

And don't take our word for it: 

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We'll connect you with the right people

Business journalism is about knowing the right people: the editors, the publishers and the staff journalists who make the decisions.

Our tutors have a huge range of active contacts on newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs and radio / TV stations. They can make personal introductions for you when it is appropriate.

We have arrangements with top news and feature agencies. If your work is good enough, they will sell it for you, and split the proceeds with you 60-40%. You get the 60%!

And we also have databases with the contact details of thousands of UK newspaper, magazine and radio journalists - essential when you are selling work, looking for work experience or job hunting.

Many of our students already have the experiences, skills and relationships to produce article ideas.

We have the expertise to turn those ideas into marketable content, and the contacts to help them get it published.

Course delivery

You will have access to our Online Learning Area, where you can:

  • download course materials
  • submit assignments
  • use our college libraries and resources
  • chat to other students
  • keep up-to-date with college news

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This course gets results

We will show you how to get image-led articles published, and find regular freelance work. And we will support you for as long as you need us.

There's plenty of work out there. Just look at the bulging shelves in your local newsagent. There are hundreds of titles that need filling each week.

And this doesn't include the thousands of subscription-only magazines that are often struggling to find content.

The freelance photojournalism course will show you quick, effective ways to get started, and to keep going as a freelance.

When you finish

When you complete the course, you will receive two respected qualifications:

These recognised awards will add value to your CV, and help when you apply for photojournalism jobs or freelance work.

What you need to study freelance photojournalism

  • access to a computer, tablet or similar device
  • internet access
  • Microsoft Word or equivalent: OpenOffice, iWork pages
  • an email account
  • a camera and a video recorder. Smartphones or tablets are acceptable

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