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Accredited environmental journalism diploma

Environmental 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 green issues. 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

Jennifer Kakai: environmental journalism course

Undertaking the course has helped me a lot. Tutors have responded in time which made it much easier for me to complete the course. CMP brought me to understand the modern media world.

Jennifer Kakai: environmental journalism course

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Andrea Lelarge: environmental journalism course

I did this course as I wanted to stay at home with my baby and study at the same time. It was a great experience and I recommend it. Could the course have been improved? No, it is perfect as it is.

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Course overview

Our online environmental journalism course trains you to write compelling news and articles for both print and online publications.

With environmental issues becoming ever more prominent, there is a constant need for topical, relevant and professional-quality content on topics as diverse as:

  • climate change, global warming, and pollution
  • wildlife and habitat conservation
  • sustainability and renewable energy sources
  • companies' and governments' environmental obligations

Our environmental journalism course will train you to write on all these topics and more, either as a staff writer or freelancer. The course is also popular with pressure groups, charities and organisations that are involved in environmental issues.

We will also teach you the necessary jargon so you feel confident approaching environmental experts and editors.

In addition, you will develop key journalism skills, such as record-keeping, covering live events and writing news from press releases.

Our comprehensive environmental journalism course will teach you how to:

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

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

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


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

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

Where you could fit in as an environmental journalist

As an environmental journalist, you could make a real difference by increasing awareness and educating people about important issues affecting the natural world.

Our environmental journalism course provides the training you need to get your work noticed by leading print and multimedia publications.

As an environmental journalist, you could be:

  • reporting on new environmental law and policy developments for a local or national newspaper
  • researching and writing in-depth articles on the environment for The Environmentalist or Environmental Protection
  • blogging about the environmental issues you care about and becoming an influential ‘voice’ in the online community
  • providing media and communication services to your favourite charity

Successful graduate, Jennifer Kakai, found our environmental journalism course helped her to pursue an exciting new career as a communications officer for a local non-governmental organisation. See her review

As a professional environmental journalist you will do more than discuss the issues you care about from your own point-of-view. You will also conduct thorough research, interpret statistics and interview the right experts to produce balanced articles that tell the whole story.

If you want to build a worthwhile and rewarding career writing about important issues affecting the natural world, our comprehensive online environmental journalism course will equip 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: 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

Environmental 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 environmental 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 

Undertaking the course has helped me a lot. Tutors have responded in time which made it much easier for me to complete the course. CMP brought me to understand the modern media world. Jennifer Kakai

I did this course as I wanted to stay at home with my baby and study at the same time. It was a great experience and I recommend it. Could the course have been improved? No, it is perfect as it is. Andrea Lelarge

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