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Accredited multimedia journalism diploma

Multimedia 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 multimedia journalism. 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

Nicholas Fearn: multimedia journalism course

I needed to develop my writing skills so I could start working in multimedia journalism. This course was perfect for me. I learned how to improve my content for multimedia channels.

Nicholas Fearn: multimedia journalism course

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Jemima Kiss: multimedia journalism course

I was working for a journalism website, but needed to gain the necessary qualifications. I came to CMP and learned a lot as well as passing my NCTJ exams. I would recommend this course to anyone who is working in online media.

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Course overview

Multimedia journalismOur multimedia journalism course trains you to work in the fast-moving world of multimedia news.

The days of journalists writing exclusively for newspapers and printed magazines are long gone. 

There are now many online platforms that need a constant supply of topical, high-quality news, videos, images, and features. 

Our online multimedia journalism course guides you through each stage of producing content for various multimedia channels, from identifying the different markets to producing content that sells.

The multimedia world is constantly evolving. But many traditional journalism techniques still apply. Therefore, we’ll also equip you with all the basic skills you’ll need.

One graduate, Stuart Littleford, learned the skills that enabled him to launch two successful online news sites, Government and Public Sector Journal, and Saddleworth News

He uses the skills he learned on the course every day.

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

  • develop article ideas suitable for publication across a variety of multimedia platforms
  • source information, conduct research and carry out effective interviews
  • write news articles and features for online and print publication
  • prepare videos, podcasts and other audio-visual media for publication
  • apply media law and ethics to the multimedia world
  • sell your work and get paid

Our multimedia journalism course will equip you with the skills you need to establish a career in the dynamic world of online and multimedia publishing. 

As a multimedia journalist, you could be:

  • writing in-depth articles for online magazines
  • reporting breaking news across all the major social media platforms
  • publishing blog posts that engage with readers 
  • creating innovative videos, podcasts and audio-visual content

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

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

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


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

Lesson 01: Introduction to multimedia journalism
  • Examine what the multimedia journalist does, and where you fit in
  • Analyse online magazines, and other multimedia platforms, so you can produce relevant content
Lesson 02: Copy presentation and terminology
  • Submit content to multimedia platforms in recognised formats
  • Learn industry jargon to communicate clearly with multimedia journalists, editors and publishers
Lesson 03: Notebook discipline and record keeping
  • Store and retain multimedia 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 skills, knowledge, contacts and experience to produce content to sell
  • Find original ideas for content using the internet and social media searches, and advanced data scraping techniques
  • Prepare your multimedia content, including videos and podcasts, for publication online and on social media, and other online platforms 
Lesson 06: Using a style guide
  • Ensure your content is presented consistently
Lesson 07: Who publishes what
  • Define different types of news
  • Understand different types of multimedia platforms, what they publish and who to
Lesson 08: Interviewing
  • Interview contacts in person, online, by phone and using video and audio equipment
  • Prepare to interview VIPs and celebrities
Lesson 09: Newswriting techniques
  • Write articles that are suitable for print, the web and social media
  • Attract the reader's attention by writing compelling starts to your articles
  • Maintain the reader's interest in your articles from start to finish
Lesson 10: Independent Press Standards Organisation: regulatory code
  • Adhere to the media's regulatory framework in your multimedia journalism activities
Lesson 11: Feature writing
  • Write all kinds of features: analysis, backgrounders, profiles, how-tos, and human interest, and adapt your content to fit different online platforms
Lesson 12: Press releases, reports and handouts
  • Use press releases to produce original articles
  • Analyse and interpret reports and documents and use them to generate article ideas
Lesson 13: Events, meetings and press conferences
  • Use live blogging and traditional reporting skills to cover meetings and other events
​Lesson 14: Media law basics
  • Keep your content safe from libel, copyright, confidence, data protection and privacy actions, and learn other laws affecting multimedia journalists
​Lesson 15: Selling your work
  • Pitch your articles to multimedia channels: who to approach, how and when, so you can negotiate the best deal

Where you could fit in as a multimedia journalist

The great advantage of multimedia journalism is it’s easy to get involved, if you have the right skills and training. 

Publishing a blog or contributing content to other people’s websites is a great way to get started and to get your work noticed.

All the major international print publications have an online presence. This means that breaking into the world of multimedia journalism can also be a route into print.

One of our former multimedia journalism students, Jemima Kiss, developed the skills she needed to land a job with Media Guardian. See her review

To succeed in multimedia journalism as a staff writer or freelancer you’ll need traditional reporting and writing skills, plus an understanding of the requirements of all the multimedia platforms. 

Our comprehensive multimedia journalism course provides the ideal training for a successful career in today’s media industry, where online expertise is essential.


The course leads to the respected CMP diploma which widely recognised by editors and publishers in the UK and overseas.

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 multimedia content 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

Multimedia 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 your 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 journalism jobs or freelance work.

What you need to study multimedia 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

I was working for a journalism website, but needed to gain the necessary qualifications. I would recommend this course to anyone who is working in online media. Jemima Kiss.

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.

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