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Accredited radio journalism diploma

Radio journalism level 3 diploma

Course summary

Price:
£294.50 incl VAT. Payment options
Instalments:
3 x monthly payments of £98.16. No charges, interest or credit checks.
Tutor:
Andy Carter
Requirements:
Interest in audio news. Take our journalism challenge! 
Duration / hours:
Approximately 60-80 hours of study. You work at your own pace
Accreditation:
ABC | EADLABCC | IADL
Qualification:
ABC Awards level 3 diploma
Awarding body:
ABC Awards

Course review

Jackie Brown: radio journalism course

The course fulfilled all the aspects I hoped it would.

The tutorial support was superb as always. CMP is a quick and friendly provider to respond to anything you ask.

Jackie Brown: radio journalism course

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Daniel Burton: radio journalism

I enrolled on the course to become a journalist! And the course met my expectations.

The quality of the tutorial support was good and the quality of the content was very high quality.

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Kevin Thompson: radio journalism course

CMP's course really paid dividends for me, and I now broadcast a weekly sports programme on Wythenshawe 97.2 FM on Tuesday mornings from 11 to 12. CMP still give me advice and support if I need it. They changed my life.

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Sarah Cassidy: radio journalism course

I volunteer at my local community radio station where I host a weekly show, and the course has assisted in my confidence in putting together my own packages for the station.

Sarah Cassidy: radio journalism course

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Lauren Watt: radio journalism course

The course was exactly what I was looking for it was easy to follow and I had constructive feedback on every module within two days max. The tutorial support was fantastic and friendly, and communication was excellent, great feedback and quick responses.

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Course overview

Radio journalism course student broadcasting on her local stationOur online radio journalism course equips you with the skills you need to build a successful career behind the microphone as a broadcasting and multimedia professional.

National, local and internet radio stations have a constant need for engaging, professional content to fill their schedules.

Our radio journalism course trains you to identify appropriate outlets, create the content they need and get paid for your efforts.

Radio journalism requires a very specific skillset that encompasses traditional reporting methods, vocal techniques and technical proficiency. We help you master all these areas and more.

We also teach you all the essential jargon, so you feel confident approaching and working with other radio professionals.

Successful graduate, Sarah Cassidy, learned how to put together a good package for radio broadcast and developed her interview skills.

She now hosts a show on her local community radio station. See her review

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

  • develop ideas suitable for radio broadcast
  • create and edit copy stories, voicers, tasters and packages
  • create content suitable for broadcast on radio stations and social media platforms
  • apply media law and ethics to the world of radio journalism
  • 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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Qualification

ABC awards logoAt 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 radio journalism course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme

We will also email you the fully accredited CMP diploma in radio journalism, which is an industry recognised qualification that proves you are a qualified radio journalist.

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

Subjects

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

Lesson 01: Introduction to radio journalism
  • Examine what the radio journalist does, and where you fit in
  • Analyse radio stations' output, so you can produce relevant content
Lesson 02: Newswriting techniques
  • Write scripts and other content that is suitable for radio and social media
Lesson 03: Terminology
  • Learn industry jargon to communicate clearly with journalists, producers and broadcasters
Lesson 04: Ofcom: regulatory code and BBC editorial guidelines
  • Adhere to the media's regulatory framework in your radio journalism activities
Lesson 05: Visualising your listener
  • Make your radio broadcasts engaging and personal
Lesson 06: Posture, breathing and your vocal skills
  • Get the basic radio techniques right
Lesson 07: Microphone techniques
  • Use devices efficiently in the studio and on outside broadcast assignments
​Lesson 08: News flashes
  • Write compelling flashes that grab the listener's attention
Lesson 09: Headlines
  • Create headings, tasters and teasers that engage the listener and draw them in
Lesson 10: Copy stories, voicers, tasters and packages
  • Write, record and edit different types of news content
Lesson 11: Media law basics
  • Keep your copy safe from libel, copyright, data protection and privacy actions, and learn other laws affecting radio journalists
     
Lesson 12: Selling your work
  • Pitch your articles to the radio media: who to approach, how and when, so you can negotiate the best deal

Where you could fit in as a radio journalist

With new and established stations requiring fresh content on a daily basis, radio offers plenty of opportunity for trained broadcast journalists.

Our online radio journalism course teaches you the skills you need to become involved in this exciting profession.

To succeed as a radio journalist, you need an understanding of what engages listeners and keeps them tuned in to your station.

You also need to feel comfortable with the technical aspects of radio broadcasting, such as using a microphone and recording equipment.

In addition, you need solid news reporting and scriptwriting skills, as well as strong vocal ability.

If you’re a beginner, this might sound daunting. However, our online radio journalism course teaches you all the skills you need.

Successful graduate, Kevin Thompson, was a radio broadcasting novice when he started our course.

He now hosts his own weekly sports programme on Wythenshawe 97.2 FM and covers a range of sports for different media across the north west of England. See his review

As a radio journalist, you could be:

  • hosting your own radio show on your favourite topic, such as sport or the arts
  • creating and selling audio documentaries or news features for broadcast on a national radio station
  • editing and presenting the hourly newscast on your favourite local radio station
  • launching your own internet radio station or podcast series and talking about the issues that matter to you

If you would like to turn up the volume on an exciting career behind the mic, our comprehensive online radio journalism course can equip you with the skills you need for success.

Course tutor: Andy CarterAndy Carter

Group head of news | comms director and consultant

BBC | Sky News | Virgin Radio | TLRC | Leeds Council | Northumbria University | Be Ambitious 

Andy has worked for the UK’s top broadcasting companies, and was group head of news for 27 local radio stations.

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

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We'll connect you with the right people

Radio 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

Our turn-around time for marking work is three working days. We usually provide same-day tutorial support on weekdays.

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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 radio journalism jobs or freelance work.

What you need to study radio journalism

  • 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
  • a good quality microphone

Course reviews

I volunteer at my local community radio station where I host a weekly show, and the course has assisted in my confidence in putting together my own packages for the station. Sarah Cassidy

The course was exactly what I was looking for. It was easy to follow and I had constructive feedback on every module within two days max. The tutorial support was fantastic and friendly, and communication was excellent, great feedback and quick responses. Lauren Watt

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