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Accredited entertainment journalism diploma

Entertainment 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.
Justine Holman
An interest in arts and entertainments. 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

Natasha Ferguson: entertainment journalism course

This course definitely changed my life! Starting my own blog was a high moment in my career so far. It was selected by RCA to promote Beyoncé's new album! I exclusively released tracks and quotes from Beyoncé until her new album '4' was released.

Natasha Ferguson: entertainment journalism course

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Sonya Lobo-Webb: entertainment journalism course

I cannot think of anything on this course that could have been improved, so it must have been perfect. The tutorial support was excellent. I always received support immediately whenever I needed help.

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Course overview

Music journalism course students enjoying a concertOur online entertainment journalism course trains you to write news and articles for a range of online and print publications.

Entertainment and the arts cover a wide area, including:

  • film and theatre
  • music and live gigs
  • visual arts
  • television and radio

If you have an interest in any of these exciting areas, you will find there are plenty of markets with a constant need for interesting, topical and relevant content.

Our entertainment journalism course teaches you how to find these markets, develop saleable ideas and write professional-quality articles.

We will also equip you with key journalism skills, including record-keeping, covering live events and maintaining that all-important contacts book.

Our comprehensive entertainment journalism course will teach you how to:

  • develop article ideas in the field of entertainment and the arts
  • source information, conduct research and carry out effective interviews
  • write entertainment news articles and features for digital and print publications
  • apply media law and ethics to entertainment 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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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 entertainment journalism course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme

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

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


This course covers everything you need to know to get started as an entertainment journalist.

Lesson 01: Introduction to entertainment journalism
  • Examine what the entertainment journalist does, and where you fit in
  • Analyse entertainment magazines, and the entertainment 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 entertainment articles to printed and multimedia platforms in recognised formats
  • Learn industry jargon to communicate clearly with entertainment journalists, editors and publishers
Lesson 03: Notebook discipline and record keeping
  • Store and retain entertainment 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 entertainment knowledge, contacts and experience to produce articles to sell
  • Find original ideas for entertainment articles using the internet and social media searches, and advanced data scraping techniques
  • Prepare your entertainment stories and features for publication in print, online and on social media, and digital platforms
Lesson 06: Using a style guide
  • Ensure your entertainment 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 entertainment contacts and people who work with them, in person, online and by phone: everyone from musicians to gallery owners, and artists to buskers
  • Prepare to interview entertainment VIPs and celebrities
Lesson 09: Newswriting techniques
  • Write entertainment articles that are suitable for print, the web and social media
  • Attract the reader's attention by writing compelling starts to your entertainment articles
  • Maintain the reader's interest in your entertainment articles from start to finish
Lesson 10: Independent Press Standards Organisation: regulatory code
  • Adhere to the media's regulatory framework in your entertainment journalism activities
Lesson 11: Feature writing
  • Write all kinds of entertainment features: reviews, guides, diaries, backgrounders, lists and profiles, and adapt your content to fit different magazine formulas
Lesson 12: Press releases, reports and handouts
  • Use entertainment press releases to produce original articles
  • Analyse and interpret entertainment data and reports and use them to generate article ideas
Lesson 13: Events, meetings and press conferences
  • Use live blogging and traditional reporting skills to cover briefings, previews, receptions, exhibitions and other events
Lesson 14: Media law basics
  • Keep your entertainment copy safe from libel, copyright, confidence, data protection and privacy actions, and learn other laws affecting entertainment journalists
Lesson 15: Selling your work
  • Pitch your articles to the entertainment media: who to approach, how and when, so you can negotiate the best deal


Where you could fit in as a entertainment journalist

If you have an interest in entertainment and the arts, this field of journalism is the ideal opportunity to indulge in your passion, and get paid!

Our entertainment journalism course will train you to write for a variety of publications and in a variety of styles, for both print and multimedia outlets.

With our help, you could be working as a staff writer or freelancer for any number of leading publications, such as:

  • Empire
  • NME
  • What’s on Stage?
  • the arts supplement of your favourite national or local newspaper

In the colourful world of entertainment journalism, your own personality is as important as your writing skills.

Our comprehensive online course teaches how to harness your creativity to produce the type of writing that publications worldwide need on a daily basis.

Course graduate, Sonya Lobo-Webb, learned the different ways of writing and presenting articles, a crucial skill for success in this competitive field. See her review

As an entertainment journalist, you could be:

  • reviewing the latest hit West End play and interviewing its stars
  • attending the opening of a swanky new art gallery
  • covering an international film festival, with full press credentials and privileges
  • blogging about the local arts scene in your area and letting the world know about exciting new home-grown talent

Starting a blog is a great first step to getting your work noticed, even if you’re a complete beginner.

Course graduate, Natasha Ferguson, was personally selected by record company, RCA, to promote Beyoncé's new album after starting her own ‘life-changing’ blog. See her review

If you would like to become a writer in the exciting and varied arts world, our entertainment journalism course can help you achieve your dreams.

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: Justine HolmanJustine Holman

Features journalist | editor

Elle |Chat |TV Times |The Express

Justine has written for many large publications, including: Elle, The Express, Chat, Women's Weekly, TV Times and Just 17.

She 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

Entertainment 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.

What you need to study entertainment 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

This course definitely changed my life! I started my own blog, and it was selected by RCA to promote Beyoncé's new album! Natasha Ferguson

I cannot think of anything on this course that could have been improved. The tutorial support was excellent. Sonya Lobo-Webb

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