This course covers every aspect of freelance journalism. Each lesson includes a practical assignment which is based on the real world of freelance journalism. All assignments are personally marked and graded by your tutor, so you’ll be receiving 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 editors, publishers and other journalists.
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