Become a certified freelance journalist

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Become a certified freelance journalist

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  • Flexible study – no deadlines
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  • Help starting as a freelance
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Online freelance journalism course (QLS level 3)

An accredited freelance journalism course
for individuals and businesses

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Price:£394.50 or 3 monthly payments of £131.50. Prices include VAT. See payment options
Tutor support:Unlimited support from an expert.
Requirements:Basic written English. Take our journalism challenge
Duration:Flexible: 3-6 months. No deadlines.
Start date:No set dates. Start when you like.
Available to:UK and international learners.
Accreditation: EADL.
Government registered:Yes. UK Register of Learning Providers number: 10008168.
Certification:QLS Certificate of Achievement & Accredited CMP Diploma.

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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 learners get articles published most days. Many of them have gone on to become successful freelancers and make a good living from writing. Freelance journalism is a great opportunity to turn a pastime or interest into a lucrative part-time job or full-time career.

Successful freelance journalism course graduate, Adele Land, told us “Within three months of beginning the course I secured work as a freelance journalist for a local newspaper. This course met my expectations in every way.” Read her full review

This comprehensive online course is ideal for:

  • Beginners.
  • People who want to start a freelance business.
  • People who want to break into the journalism industry.
  • Existing freelance journalists who want an endorsed award to attract more clients.
  • People who want to develop and refresh their existing journalism skills.

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. It will also show 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 learn essential journalism skills, including finding sources, record-keeping, feature writing and covering live events.
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You will study in our Online Learning Area, which is accessible from a computer or a mobile app. This means the course is flexible, and gives you the chance to tackle practical, real-world journalism tasks at home, at work or on the go.

We offer unlimited tutor support on all of our courses. On this course, you will work with Julian Brouwer, who is a freelance journalist, writer, subeditor and proofreader. He will help you every step of the way.

He will also give you personal feedback on every assignment, answer your questions and provide expert careers guidance, so you get the very best out of the course.

Another successful learner, Clive Maclennan, told us: “Communication was first class and very quick – sometimes within the hour. The tutorial support was second to none.” Read his full review

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.

If you enjoy writing, then becoming a certified freelance journalist is a great way to earn good money and express your passion.

Freelance journalism course subjects

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

  • Pitch your articles to the printed and online media: who to approach, how and when, so you can negotiate the best deals.

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At the end of your course, we give advice on which journalism agencies to join, how to market yourself correctly, and we also help you to devise a step by step plan to help you find clients.

You can also join our free elite career coaching scheme at the end of your course, where  you work 1-2-1 with one of our career experts who will provide assistance with your CV, covering letters and interview preparation. We can also provide a personal reference for any jobs you apply for.

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If you are not 100% satisfied with your course you are entitled to a full refund within 14 days of your enrolment.

There are no catches or exceptions. For more information, please see our money back guarantee page

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Freelance journalism course accreditation and quality

We comply with the very highest external standards. We are:

  • Registered by the UK government.
  • Accredited by the European Association of Distance Learning
  • Quality endorsed under The Quality Licence Scheme

Each organisation has its own standards, code of practice and complaints procedure, so you can enrol with complete confidence.

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Freelance journalism course certifications

Our freelance journalism course has been independently endorsed under The Quality Licence Scheme which is a product of the Skills and Education Group, who endorse high-quality, non-regulated courses and training programmes.

So at the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement endorsed under The Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the Units the learner has completed as part of the course).

In addition, you will receive the accredited CMP diploma in copywriting, which is recognised in the UK and beyond. It proves you are a certified journalist.

These certifications will enable you to you to find freelance journalism work, and demonstrate your credibility within the market.

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Freelance journalism course tutor: Julian BrouwerProofreading course tutor, Julian Brouwer

Freelance journalist | Columnist | Proofreader | Subeditor

As a freelance journalism course learner, you will work 1-2-1 with Julian Brouwer who is a professional and experienced journalist.

He worked for a group of newspapers including The Daily Express and a host of other London-based publications.

Julian still works as a journalist, and runs a successful news agency Manhattan News, which supplies US-based news and features to national papers in the UK. He used to have his own column in the Daily Express.

He is often praised by our freelance journalism course learners, for his good-humoured and encouraging manner.

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How does the course work?

Our courses are delivered online. So, you can study at a pace you’re completely comfortable with and fit your studies around your lifestyle.

You can use a computer, or our exclusive app to work on a tablet or smartphone.

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How long will it take?

This copywriting course is designed to be as flexible as you need it to be. There are no deadlines, time limits or expiry dates. So, you can study at a pace that suits you, and fit the course around your lifestyle.

Most people take around three months to complete this course, but each learner is different.

On average, our learners who commit to 5 hours per week to their studies, will usually complete the course within 4 months.

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What will I need?

We aim to keep our course delivery as simple as possible, so people of all ages, locations and abilities can take part.

This is what you will need to study our copywriting course:

  • Access to a computer, tablet or similar device.
  • Internet access.
  • Microsoft Word or equivalent: OpenOffice, iWork pages.
  • An email account.

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What happens when I enrol?

There are no set enrolment dates which means you can book this course 24 hours a day – 365 days a year.

Once you have completed your enrolment form and paid your fee, you will receive a login to our Online Learning Area and a document called ‘enrolment pack’, which explains how to get started, who your tutor is and .

You will get immediate access to your learning materials upon purchase, but you are under no obligation to begin studying until you are ready.

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Freelance journalism course payment options

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This freelance journalism course costs £494.50 including VAT. This is all you pay. There are no hidden charges, and we offer a wide range of secure payment methods, so you can purchase the course from wherever you live.

You can either pay the fee in full, or with four monthly instalments of £123.62 including VAT.

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Copywriting course FAQ

Is this freelance journalism course accredited? Yes. The course is externally accredited by The European Association of Distance Learning. It is also quality endorsed under The Quality Licence Scheme.
How long will the course take? This freelance journalism course is flexible which means you can fit it around your lifestyle. On average, our learners who commit 4 hours per week to this freelance journalism course, will usually complete it within 4 months.
Can I take time out? Yes, many of our freelance journalismcourse learners take breaks from their studies, and continue from where they left off.
What certifications will I receive? You'll receive the Accredited CMP Diploma in freelance journalism. You'll also receive a Certificate of Achievement endorsed under The Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the Units the learner has completed as part of the course).
Can I study this course if I don't live in the UK? Yes, this course isn't just restricted to people in the UK. We have learners from all over Europe, and in America, Australia, Canada, India, South Africa, New Zealand and many others. This course is internationally accredited, which means you can enrol with confidence no matter which country you live in.
Do you send the certifications overseas? Yes. There are no additional charges for this.
Will this course show me how to get started as a freelancer? Yes. We offer full support after the course, and give each learner expert advice on starting as a freelance journalist. This includes advice on which rates to charge, which agencies to join and how to market yourself in the correct way in order to attract clients. We have lots of free resources in the Online Learning Area which are geared to helping you establish yourself as a freelance journalist.
How many tutor marked assignments are there? There are 15 lessons on this freelance journalism course, and all of them come with tutor marked assignments. Our tutors are often praised for the level of detail they go into when marking our learners assignments.
Can I resubmit assignments if I fail? Yes. If you fail an assignment, your tutor will point out where you went wrong, and will give you constructive feedback which should help you achieve a pass grade when you resubmit.
How much tutor time do I get? This is one of the only online freelance journalism courses that offers unlimited tutor support. This means you can contact your tutor with questions at any point during the course, and they will usually reply the same working day. This support also includes expert careers advice, help looking for work, help with CVs and covering letters, and much more!
Can my employer pay for this course for me? Yes, on the second page of the freelance journalism course enrolment form, please select 'invoice to employer'. When your form reaches us, our finance team will send the invoice - usually the same working day.
Will I have to start straight away? No. Because the course is flexible, you can purchase it and begin studying whenever you are ready. Lots of our learners take advantage of offers and discounts, but begin studying the course weeks or even months later.
Can I pay for this course monthly? Yes. The payment plan for this freelance journalism course is 3 monthly instalments of £131.50. Unfortunately monthly instalments cannot be used with a discount or promotional offer.
When can I enrol? You can enrol on our freelance journalism course 365 days a year. Upon enrolment, you'll receive your login details and enrolment pack, which means you can get started immediately... if you want to.

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