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Accredited videojournalism diploma

Videojournalism level 3 diploma

Course summary

£294.50 incl VAT. Payment options
3 x monthly payments of £98.16. No charges, interest or credit checks.
Andy Carter
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Duration / hours:
Approximately 60-80 hours of study. You work at your own pace
ABC Awards level 3 diploma
Awarding body:
ABC Awards

Course review

Stuart Littleford: videojournalism course

This course can only be described as excellent. It has enabled me to produce high quality video and other online content for national media organisations. I fully recommend CMP's courses to anyone wanting to get involved in this field.

Stuart Littleford: videojournalism course

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Course overview

Video journalism course student filming on his video cameraOur online videojournalism course equips you with the skills you need to write, shoot and edit packages for a variety of multimedia markets.

There is a huge market for topical, unique and top-quality audio-visual content, whether it is shot using a traditional video recorder, smartphone or tablet,

Our videojournalism course teaches you how to create the type of professional content editors and producers want, even if you are a complete beginner.

You will learn the essential technical aspects of videojournalism, such as choosing the right camera angles, achieving lighting effects and mastering editing techniques.

We also teach you how to develop saleable ideas for video packages, write scripts and find suitable outlets for your work.

On successfully completing our course, you will be a confident videojournalist, able to sell your work to a range of markets, or find employment with any number of online or broadcast channels.

Our comprehensive videojournalism course will teach you how to:

  • create ideas for video packages and match them to multimedia platforms
  • write, shoot and edit professional video content
  • upload videos to a variety of online platforms
  • apply media law and ethics to the world of videojournalism
  • 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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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 videojournalism course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme

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

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


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

Lesson 01: Videojournalism equipment
  • Learn the essentials: what you need, and what you don't need to start out as a videojournalist
  • Set up an effective operation without wasting money

Lesson 02: Types of shots
  • Create different types of shots to bring your videos alive

Lesson 03: Camera positions
  • Use different angles to add variety to your videos

Lesson 04: Shot techniques and planning
  • Get the basics right on your video shoots

Lesson 05: Lighting and sound
  • Learn these technical essentials and apply them to your videojournalism assignments

Lesson 06: Video editing
  • Edit videos quickly and effectively

Lesson 07: Writing effective scripts
  • Write video scripts that bring your videos to life
Lesson 08: Shooting news video on your smartphone
  • Find and use the best apps​

Lesson 09: ​Ipso / Ofcom regulatory codes
  • Adhere to the media's regulatory framework in your videojournalism activities

Lesson 10: Media law basics
  • Keep your videos and scripts safe from libel, copyright, data protection and privacy actions, and learn other laws affecting videojournalists


Where you could fit in as a videojournalist

Journalism has evolved far beyond traditional print publications.

Today, people like to watch interesting, thought-provoking and inspirational videos, and share content with their social media followers.

Our videojournalism course teaches you the skills you need to produce professional content that has the potential to go viral.

To succeed in videojournalism, you need:

  • technical aptitude and proficiency in such areas as camera operation, editing and uploading content
  • the ability to find original story ideas and develop them as video packages
  • journalism skills, such as news writing and interviewing
  • knowledge of how and where to sell your work

Through our online videojournalism course, you will learn all these areas and more.

Our aim is to have you shooting videos and getting paid for your efforts as quickly as possible!

We have a strong reputation for equipping our students with the skills they need to succeed in their chosen field.

One of our former students, Stuart Littleford, learned the skills he needed to write and produce high quality content for national media organisations. See his review

As a videojournalist, you could be:

  • working as a production or multimedia professional for a television station or online broadcaster
  • selling video packages to producers worldwide and enjoying the freedom and creativity of a freelance career
  • posting original content on your own website or YouTube channel

Whether you want to focus exclusively on producing audio-visual content, or you are a print journalist looking to add a valuable string to your bow, our comprehensive videojournalism course equips you with the skills you need for success.

CMP Charter Mark

CMP charter markThe Charter Mark is our assurance of accredited educational quality.

We award it to students who have graduated from one of our courses or training programmes. It helps them to find work.

Holders are licensed to use it on their websites, stationery, and social media profiles.

The Charter Mark guarantees that holders have achieved set standards of competence in a given field.

It gives employers confidence that applicants for staff positions or freelance work have received accredited training and independent assessment.

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Course tutor: Andy CarterAndy Carter

Group head of news | radio presenter | producer

BBC |Sky News |Virgin Radio |TLRC 

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.

And don't take our word for it: 

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We'll connect you with the right people

Videojournalism 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 videojournalism jobs or freelance work.

What you need to study videojournalism

  • 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

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