Have you ever considered working for a magazine or newspaper? Maybe even starting up your own website or blog, where you deliver insights on all sorts of topics. If so, our freelance journalism course will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to research, write, and market professional articles on a freelance basis. It's a fantastic way to build your experience or even a portfolio, whether you're new to the business or a seasoned professional.
There are multiple advantages to pursuing a career in freelance journalism: you can work full or part-time, it can be a very well-paid profession, and you can write what you want, when you want, for any business you want! In this online course, you’ll gain key insights into the skills and techniques all journalists use to write strong, convincing news stories; for example, the full importance of ‘Who, What, Where, Why, and How’ when writing an impactful story. Additionally, you’ll develop super relevant journalism skills, including content choice, style and tone, techniques and disciplines, and marketing. What’s more, this course will fit perfectly around family life and other commitments, as you can study in your own time, at your own pace.
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - Introduction
- What can this course do for you?
- Why do we need content?
- How is style arrived at?
- How do we know what an editor wants?
- Where is analysis important?
Unit 2 - Markets
- Keeping records
- What the editor wants
- How to analyse
- What the reader wants
Unit 3 - Content
- What do I write?
- Why do I need to find ideas?
- How do I save time and trouble?
- When do some themes not sell?
- Where is interviewing a factor?
Unit 4 - Style
- How do I write?
- Why do I need to find the right tone?
- How do I use the basics well?
- When do I use structure?
- Where is re-writing a factor?
Unit 5 - Techniques
- What techniques will help me sell my work?
- Why do I need new angles?
- How do basic techniques help?
- When is the “writer’s dozen” valuable?
- Where is self-discipline a factor?
Unit 6 - Practical Matters
- What is defamation?
- Why is reputation important?
- How do I avoid libel?
- When is copyright important?
- Where are photographs a factor?
Unit 7 - Fiction Writing
- What do editors not want?
- Why is market analysis valuable?
- How do I undertake market analysis?
- When is plotting useful?
- Where is characterisation a factor?
Unit 8 - No Excuses – Verse, Criticism and Sports Writing – What is Critical Writing?
- Why does verse usually not sell?
- Who do I see about income tax?
- When is executive writing used?
- Where are expenses a factor?
The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.
At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from QLS (Quality Licence Scheme) and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course).
How is this course assessed or examined?
Each unit is followed by a written tutor-marked assignment (TMA), which is submitted and then marked by your tutor. You will not be required to take an external exam.
While there are no strict entry requirements for this level three Freelance Journalism course, it is strongly recommended that you have the ability to effectively read and write in English.