Accredited freelance journalism diploma
- £294.50 incl VAT. Payment options
- 3 x monthly payments of £98.16. No charges, interest or credit checks.
- Dave Griffiths
- Interest in journalism. Take our journalism challenge!
- Duration / hours:
- Approximately 60-80 hours of study. You work at your own pace
- ABC | EADL | ABCC | IADL
- ABC Awards certificate of achievement | CMP diploma
- Awarding body:
- ABC awards
Within three months of beginning the course I secured a job as a journalist for a local newspaper.
The course met my expectations in every way. This is my second distance learning course - an Open University course, did not live up to my expectations.
Adele Land: freeance journalism course
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The freelance course proved to be an excellent investment. I was very satisfied with the way things went. Cleland was a most attentive tutor and I now have a tremendous file of reference material. I thought the cost was very reasonable.
Geoff Simpson: freelance journalism course
The content did a good job of training you to concentrate on fitting your writing to a specific market and also included some essential basics such as copyright law.
Nick Statham: freelance journalism course
The course was interesting and I have learned so much from it. If I had a query, I emailed and got a response back almost right away.
The course content was interesting and covered a lot of areas.
Brian Thompson: freelance journalism course
CMP teach the Full Monty on how to become a properly qualified journalist. The depth of every course is brilliant ...
Online Degrees, Courses and Education review: freelance journalism course
I wanted to do a master’s degree in journalism and I thought this would be a good starter. The course was above my expectations. I did not think I would be learning so much, and the tutorial support was always spot on and quick.
Maryum Samar: freelance journalism course
This course offered a fantastic range of modules compared to other colleges. When I emailed with questions, I heard back straight away! I’d recommend the course to anyone who wants to get good results.
Polyxeni Lampou: freelance journalism course
Learning with CMP has been a most positive experience. I have now made great progress not only in the pursuit and skills of journalism, but I now have an extensive portfolio of published articles, in the national and European media.
Nic Newman: freelance journalism course
The course did exactly what I wanted it to and I found out so much more than I had expected. I have learned a lot about being a good journalist.
Anna Whitehouse: freelance journalism course
I found that the course content and support were both of the highest quality. I now feel confident in pitching my work to editors. I would recommend the course to anyone interested in developing a career in journalism.
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I enrolled on this course because I wanted to get a grasp of business reporting. The course met my expectations, very much so. I learned concepts I had never come across. I would recommend the course.
Tom Teckshawer: business journalism course
The course went way beyond my expectations, and the tutorial support was really good. The course content was well presented, and very thorough, which made it easy for me to follow.
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The course proved to be an excellent investment. I was very satisfied with the way things went. Cleland was a most attentive tutor and I now have a tremendous file of reference material. I thought the cost was very reasonable.
Geoff Simpson: freelance journalism course
Our online freelance journalism course trains you to write compelling news and articles for both print and online publications on a range of topics.
This course is an ideal place for beginners to start. It covers all of the journalism basics, and teaches you to work as a professional freelance journalist.
Our graduates get articles published most days. Many of them have gone on to become successful freelancers, and make a good living from writing. See course successes
Freelance journalism is a great opportunity to turn a pastime or interest into a lucrative part-time job or full-time career.
Multimedia and print publications worldwide have a constant need for original, interesting and topical content. Many rely on freelancers to deliver that content.
Our freelance journalism course will show you how to develop saleable ideas, identify suitable markets and approach assigning editors.
With the right training, you could become a regular contributor of:
- in-depth features for consumer and business magazines
- blog posts and online articles
- news stories and features for local newspapers
- reviews, columns, letters and fillers
You will also learn essential journalism skills, including finding sources, record-keeping, interviewing and covering live events.
We have an excellent track record in helping our freelance journalism learners set up as successful freelancers and find regular work. See some examples below, and please email us if you'd like to see more.
- Freelance journalism student lands magazine role
- Freelance journalism course student covers terror attacks
- Huffington Post role for online journalism course student
- Freelance journalism course graduate starts TV news station
- CMP graduate branches out to cover Spanish football
- Charity comms role for freelance journalism course student
Our aim is to give you the best learning experience you've ever had, or ever will have.
Successful course graduate, Adele Land, said that the course "met her expectations in every way, communication was speedy and professional but also with a personal friendly feel". See her full review
Another successful course graduate, Polyxeni Lampou said "This course offered a fantastic range of subjects compared to other colleges" See her full review
Our comprehensive online freelance journalism course will teach you how to:
- use your own skills, experiences, qualifications and opinions to produce article ideas
- source information, conduct research and carry out effective interviews
- write news, articles and features for digital and print publications
- apply media law and ethics
- sell your work and get paid
You will also benefit from unlimited tutor support every step of the way, including personalised feedback on every assignment.
When you graduate, you will receive the ABC awards certificate of achievment, and the accredited CMP diploma in Freelance journalism. Both qualifications are industry recognised, and prove you are a certified freelance journalist.
Enquire about this course
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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 freelance journalism course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme
We will also email you the fully accredited CMP diploma in Freelance journalism, which is an industry recognised qualification that proves you are a qualified journalist.
These awards will enable you to apply for freelance journalism jobs, and devlop your career as a freelance journalist.
How does the course work?
Our courses are delivered online. This means you can study at a pace you're completely comfortable with and fit your course around your lifestyle.
You'll also benefit from having a personal course tutor who will mark your assignments, answer your questions and give helpful and friendly advice.
This course covers everything you need to know to get started as a freelance journalist. Each assignment will be personally marked and graded by your tutor, so you'll be recieving expert feedback at each stage of the course.
Lesson 01: Introduction to freelance journalism
- Examine what a freelance journalist does, and where you fit in
- Analyse printed and online magazines, so you can produce relevant content
Lesson 02: Copy presentation and terminology
- Submit content to printed and multimedia platforms in recognised formats
- Learn industry jargon to communicate clearly with journalists, editors and publishers
Lesson 03: Notebook discipline and record keeping
- Store and retain journalism data safely, ethically and legally
Lesson 04: Contacts book
- Record your freelance 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 stories and features for publication in print, online and on social media, and digital platforms
Lesson 06: Using a style guide
- Ensure your freelance articles 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 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 freelance 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 magazine formulas
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 digital journalists
Lesson 15: Selling your work
Pitch your articles to the printed and online media: who to approach, how and when, so you can negotiate the best deals.
How long will it take?
The duration of this course is approximately 60-80 hours. You fit these hours in whenever is best for you.
We offer complete flexibility, with no deadlines or time limits. This means you can study at a pace that you're completely comfortable with, and fit the course around your lifestyle.
On average, people take around three months to complete this course, but it doesn't matter if you take longer, each learner is different.
There are no set start dates. You can enrol and begin studying whenever suits you.
Course tutor: Dave Griffiths
Journalist | writer | subeditor | proofreader
PA |Manchester Evening News |Orange
We provide you with a personal tutor who will mentor you through the course, mark your assignments, and give you expert advice whenever you need it.
All our tutors are professionals who are still working in their sectors. They will be there to help you every step of the way. And you can contact them whenever you need to.
Our freelance journalism course tutor is Dave Griffiths. He is a freelance journalist, writer, sub editor and proofreader with 27 years' experience.
He has worked for Press Association's website, Ananova, the Manchester Evening News, for Orange's wapsite, and for various weekly papers in Cheshire, Lancashire and London.
You will be in safe hands studying with us. We have been running this course since 2003.
We are listed on the government's UK Register of Learning Providers, which is run by the Department for Education and Skills.
We are fully accredited by three recognised organisations:
Our accrediting bodies have reciprocal arrangements with other countries, meaning you can study this course from anywhere in the world. We have students in more than 100 countries.
Price and payment
The price of our freelance journalism course is £294.50 (incl. VAT). This fee can either be paid in full, or over three interest free monthly payments of £98.16.
Student discount card
Our freelance journalism course enables you to get an NUS student discount card, enabling you to save money on more than 170 brands across the UK.
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What will I need to study this course?
In order to study our freelance journalism course, you'll need the following:
- 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
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Where you could fit in as a freelance journalist
Whether you are just starting out in the world of work, changing careers, or looking for satisfying and creative part-time employment, freelance journalism can provide the ideal solution.
Our online freelance journalism course will equip you with the skills you need to get started and find success, even if you are a complete beginner.
Successful freelance journalists are able to generate a constant supply of original ideas, package them into article ‘pitches’ and target the right publications.
Course graduate, Geoff Simpson, found our freelance journalism course helped him pitch his ideas to national publications, and get positive responses! See his review
As a freelance journalist, you could be:
- writing for your favourite publications, blogs and websites
- talking to experts and learning about a range of different topics
- setting your own work schedule
- enjoying the freedom of working for yourself, or the rewards of selling your work
Becoming a freelance journalist can also lead to success as a staff writer.
Successful graduate, Adele Land, landed a job as a journalist for her local newspaper within three months of starting our freelance journalism course. She found the content of the course to be "comprehensive, relevant and interesting". See her review
If you would like to earn money or develop a career as a writer, our online freelance journalism course provides the ideal training.
CMP Charter Mark
The 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.
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:
We'll connect you with the right people
Freelance 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.
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.
We go the extra mile
We will still be here to help you, even after you have completed your course. There’s no cut-off point.
- personal careers advice
- help with your CV
- help looking for work
- a reference when applying for jobs
What happens when I enrol?
Once you have completed your enrolment form, and have paid your fee, we will be in touch very quickly via email, usually within 15-20 minutes, during office hours. We will send your introductory materials so you can get started.
There are no set enrolment dates. You can enrol and begin studying whenever suits you.
This course offered a fantastic range of modules compared to other colleges. When I emailed with questions, I heard back straight away! I’d recommend the course to anyone who wants to get good results. Polyxenia Lampou
The course did exactly what I wanted it to and I found out so much more than I had expected. I have learned a lot about being a good journalist. Anna Whitehouse