Freelance journalism level 3 diploma
An effective journalism course for individuals and businesses
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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 learn?
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 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 qualified freelance journalist. ABC Awards is regulated by Ofqual.
Our freelance journalism course has been independently endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. So, when you finish, you will receive the ABC Awards level 3 diploma in freelance journalism, and a learner unit summary. This lists the subjects you have studied.
The ABC diploma guarantees that you have been assessed at level 3 standards, and are competent to practise. ABC Awards is a leading national awarding body, and is regulated by Ofqual.
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 qualified freelance journalist.
These awards will equip you to apply for freelance journalism jobs, learn new skills to use at work or find freelance work.
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.
Who is this course for?
Our freelance journalism course is suitable for over-16s of all abilities.
We regularly work with:
- Beginners who want to become professional writers.
- People who need to write engaging and original content at work.
- Small businesses and freelancers who want to attract more clients.
- Experienced writers and journalists who want to retrain, or upgrade their skills.
- People looking to start their own freelance writing businesses.
- Freelance journalists who want recognised qualifications.
We have an excellent reputation working with disabled learners, and people who are housebound or terminally ill.
Access to our resources library
You will have free and unlimited access to our extensive resources library. It contains downloadable podcasts, videos, ebooks and tips files to help your career.
This is in addition to your comprehensive course materials and tutor support.
You can study this online course wherever you live. We have students in more than 100 countries. And you can trust us, as we are accredited by two international accrediting bodies:
Both organisations promote excellence in worldwide online study, so international students can verify our quality before they enrol.
Accreditation and quality
We comply with the very highest external standards. We are:
Each organisation has its own standards, code of practice and complaints procedure, so you can enrol with complete confidence.
CMP Charter Mark
The Charter Mark is our benchmark of educational quality. We award it to graduates who have also demonstrated they can work professionally in the online environment.
The Charter Mark gives employers the confidence that candidates applying for jobs or freelance work have received accredited training and independent assessment. And it gives learners credibility in the competitive world of journalism.