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An effective journalism course for individuals and businesses

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Course summary

Price:ÂŁ394.50 or 3 monthly payments of ÂŁ131.50. Prices include VAT.
Tutor support:Unlimited support from an expert.
Requirements:An interest in journalism. Take our journalism challenge
Duration:Flexible: 3-6 months. No deadlines.
Start date:No set dates. Begin when you choose.
Available to:UK and international learners.
Accreditation:ABCC | EADL | IADL.
Quality endorsed by:ABC and Certa Awards.
Government registered:Yes. UK Register of Learning Providers number: 10008168.
Certification:ABC Awards and Certa Awards certificate of achievement & CMP level 3 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.

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.

What will I get button

This course gets results

Many of our graduates testify that our freelance journalism course helped them to find jobs, set up as freelancers, or boost their skills at work.

See these examples below, and contact us if you’d like to see some others.

What our learners say

Our aim is to give you the best learning experience you’ve ever had, or ever will have.

Successful freelance journalism course graduate, Adele Land, described the feedback from her tutor as “speedy and professional but also with a personal, friendly feel”.

Adele secured a job working as a journalist for her local newspaper within three months of enrolling with us. See her review

Another successful learner, Ian Shine, loved the flexible nature of the course. It enabled him to study while holding down a full-time job abroad, first in Portugal, and then Poland. See his review

What will I learn?

Freelance journalism course newspapersOur 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.
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You will benefit from unlimited tutor support from Dave Griffiths, 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.

When you graduate, you will receive the ABC Awards level 3 diploma in freelance journalism. It proves you are a certified freelance journalist. ABC Awards is regulated by Ofqual.

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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.


Our freelance journalism course has been independently endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme which is a product of ABC Awards and Certa Awards, 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 by ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the Units the learner has completed as part of the course).

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

These awards will equip you to establish yourself as a successful freelance journalist, and demonstrate your credibility to potential clients.

Freelance journalism course tutor: Dave Griffiths

Journalist | writer | subeditor | proofreader

As a freelance journalism course learner, you will work 1-2-1 with Dave Griffiths, who is a journalist, writer, subeditor, and proofreader with 27 years’ experience.

He has worked for Press Association’s website Ananova, the Manchester Evening News, Orange’s wapsite, and various weekly papers in Cheshire, Lancashire and London.

He will mark your work, answer your questions and give you friendly help and advice.

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Freelance journalism course subjects

This vocational course covers every aspect of freelance journalism. Each lesson includes a practical assignment, based on real-world freelance journalism.

Every assignment is personally marked and graded by your tutor, so you’ll receive expert feedback on your progress.

How long will it take?

Our online courses are flexible. 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.

There are no set start dates.

You can enrol and begin studying when you want to.

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 freelance journalism course:

  • 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.

Payment options

This course costs £394.50 including VAT. This is all you pay. There are no hidden charges, and we have a range of payment methods, so you can purchase your course wherever you live.

You can either pay the fee in full, or with three monthly instalments of £131.50 including VAT.

Our courses are often used for staff training

Some of the world’s biggest corporations use our courses to train their workers.

They appreciate the flexibility. People can work step-by-step, in their own time, with input from an expert tutor when they need it. Many learners find they can apply their new skills to their jobs straight away.

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