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Accredited business journalism diploma

Business journalism level 3 diploma

Course summary

£294.50 incl VAT. Payment options
3 x monthly payments of £98.16. No charges, interest or credit checks.
Dave Griffiths
An interest in business. Take our journalism challenge! 
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

Sumit Kaushik: business journalism course

Tutors are much more pleasant and experienced than editors. I would strongly recommend this diploma to those who want to build their careers in business or finance journalism. The diploma has added immense values to my job resume and professional skills.

Sumit Kaushik: business journalism course

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Fredy Aga: business journalism course

I love writing and have always wanted to do something in financial journalism. I loved the course! I think it is systematic, well organised and provides a good working knowledge to novices like myself.

Fredy Aga: business journalism course

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Mnaku Mbani: business journalism course

I want to thank CMP for all the support they have given me. Cleland has been a great mentor, always encouraging me to improve with friendly and constructive comments. This course has met my expectations. The topics were informative.

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Course overview

A business journalism course student writing an articleOur business journalism course qualifies you to write about a specialism that offers plenty of opportunities - even if you don’t have a background in business or finance.

There are developments in the business world 24/7. Many of these have local and global impact.

Once you’ve completed our online business journalism course, you’ll be fully equipped to write everything from breaking news stories about trade and industry to in-depth profiles of business leaders.

And you will develop key skills and learn the jargon needed to work in the world of business journalism with confidence.

Importantly, you’ll also learn how to identify appropriate print and multimedia markets for your work.

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

Our business journalism course covers every aspect of modern journalism. You will learn how to:

  • create and sell ideas for topical business articles
  • source information through research and interviews
  • write business news articles and features for print and multimedia platforms
  • apply media law and ethics to business journalism
  • sell your work and get paid

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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 business journalism course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme

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

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


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

Lesson 01: Introduction to business journalism
  • Examine what the business journalist does, and where you fit in
  • Analyse business magazines, and the business pages of local and national printed media and their websites, so you can generate article ideas and write relevant content
Lesson 02: Copy presentation and terminology
  • Submit business articles to printed and multimedia platforms in recognised formats
  • Learn industry jargon to communicate clearly with business journalists, editors and publishers
Lesson 03: Notebook discipline and record keeping
  • Store and retain business journalism data safely, ethically and legally

Lesson 04: Contacts book
  • Record your contacts' information safely, legally and efficiently
Lesson 05: Sources and output
  • Use your business and commercial skills, knowledge, contacts and experience to produce articles to sell
  • Find original ideas for business articles using the internet and social media searches, and advanced data scraping techniques
  • Prepare your business stories and features for publication in print, online and on social media, and digital platforms
Lesson 06: Using a style guide
  • Ensure your business stories and features are presented consistently
Lesson 07: Who publishes what
  • Define different types of news
  • Understand different types of magazines, what they publish and who to
Lesson 08: Interviewing
  • Interview business contacts in person, online and by phone: everyone from directors to trade union officials, and market traders to CEOs 
  • Prepare to interview business VIPs and celebrities
Lesson 09: Newswriting techniques
  • Write business articles that are suitable for print, the web and social media
  • Attract the reader's attention by writing compelling starts to your business articles
  • Maintain the reader's interest in your business articles from start to finish
Lesson 10: Independent Press Standards Organisation: regulatory code
  • Adhere to the media's regulatory framework in your business journalism activities, especially financial journalism
Lesson 11: Feature writing
  • Write all kinds of business features: analysis, backgrounders, profiles, how-tos, and human interest, and adapt your content to fit different magazine formulas
Lesson 12: Press releases, reports and handouts
  • Use business press releases to produce original articles
  • Analyse and interpret business and financial documents and use them to generate article ideas
Lesson 13: Events, meetings and press conferences
  • Use live blogging and traditional reporting skills to cover briefings, AGMs, shareholder meetings, and open days and other events
Lesson 14: Media law basics
  • Keep your business copy safe from libel, copyright, confidence, data protection and privacy actions, and learn other laws affecting business journalists
Lesson 15: Selling your work
  • Pitch your articles to the business media: who to approach, how and when, so you can negotiate the best deal

Where you could fit in as a business journalist

Business is one of the most exciting specialisms for a journalist, because it has a role to play in just about every area of life.

Whether your ambitions are local or global, a career in business journalism will put you right at the cutting edge of the most important developments.

As a business journalist, you might report on key international trade talks, new economic policies, or dramatic movements in the global financial markets.

You could interview small business owners and entrepreneurs about the challenges they face at a local or regional level.

Or you might analyse how important business developments impact the environment, consumers or the economy as a whole.

Successful course graduate, Tom Teckshawer, found our business journalism course teaches the most important concepts you’ll need in order to research and write news stories and feature articles on a wide range of topics. See his review

There are many routes to success in business journalism. These include working as:

  • a correspondent for a local or national paper
  • a staff writer on a magazine or website
  • a freelancer or a blogger

Our business journalism course will prepare you for all of these and more.

Business developments happen quickly, so it’s crucial that journalists are able to get their stories out into the world with lightning-quick speed. Business journalists therefore need to be comfortable with a range of multimedia platforms. So our course equips you to use the relevant technology.

Successful course graduate, Mnaku Mbani, went on to become a business editor on a newspaper.

He found one of the strengths of our business journalism course to be our focus on both print and multimedia. See his review

Our online business journalism course is the perfect springboard to launch a successful career that can take you anywhere you want to go.

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: 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 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

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

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

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 journalism jobs or freelance work.

You will also be able to use the CMP Charter Mark, which will establish your credentials when you are looking for work.

What you need to study business 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

Course reviews

Fredy Aga: business journalism courseI love writing and have always wanted to do something in financial journalism. I loved the course! I think it is systematic, well organised and provides a good working knowledge to novices like myself. Fredy Aga

I would strongly recommend this diploma to those who want to build their careers in business or finance journalism. The diploma has added immense values to my job resume and professional skills. Sumit Kaushik

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