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Freelance Journalism Diploma Course

9 Modules

  • Certified Course
  • Online study
  • Tutor support
  • No time limit for completing your course
  • 150 hours of study
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What Will You Learn?

Being a freelance journalist takes more than just the ability to write well. This course will provide you with all the skills and knowledge you need to make it in this exciting industry. You’ll learn what it takes to be a good journalist, what is expected of you as a representative of the profession, how to write depending on the kind of journalist you want to be, pitch stories and kick-start your career.

As a freelance journalist, rather that someone who permanently employed by a company, you will have more considerations and responsibilities. The Freelance Journalism Course opens by explaining how the two types of employment differ and the pros and cons of going it...

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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

Module 1: Freelance Journalism Basics
  • Introduction
  • Part 1: What Does it Mean to be a Freelance Journalist?
  • Part 2: Getting Used to Change
  • Module 1 Assessment
Module 2: What Makes a Good Journalist?
  • Part 1: Journalistic Writing
  • Part 2: Lawful and Ethical Responsibilities of a Journalist
  • Module 2 Assessment
Module 3: News Journalism
  • Part 1: What is News Journalism?
  • Part 2: Main Roles in News Journalism
  • Module 3 Assessment
Module 4: How to Write a Good News Story
  • Part 1: Research
  • Part 2: Know How to Conclude
  • Module 4 Assessment
Module 5: Feature Writing
  • Part 1: What is Feature Writing?
  • Part 2: Types of Features
  • Module 5 Assessment
Module 6: How to Write a Good Feature Story
  • Part 1: Main Feature Writing Skills
  • Part 2: How to Get Quotes
  • Module 6 Assessment
Module 7: Niche Journalism
  • Part 1: What is Niche Journalism?
  • Part 2: The Importance of Niche Journalism
  • Module 7 Assessment
Module 8: Sports, Travel, Fashion - Three Popular Niches in Journalism
  • Part 1: Sports Journalism
  • Part 2: Travel Journalism
  • Part 3: Fashion Journalism
  • Module 8 Assessment
Module 9: Making a Living as a Freelance Journalist
  • Part 1: Making Yourself More Marketable
  • Part 2: Payment: What to Charge
  • Module 9 Assessment
  • Conclusion
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Who Would Benefit from This Course?

This specialist course is primarily designed for those who wish to pursue a career in journalism, whether you have previously taken a writing course or not. With everything covered from the basics of journalism and using specific writing styles, to setting up as a freelancer, finding work and getting paid fairly.

Bloggers will also find a lot of information in the Freelance Journalism Diploma Course that will sharpen your writing skills and how you approach your work. Content marketers will also find the course to be beneficial in ensuring your site’s content is engaging and relevant.


The Freelance Journalism Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certified Diploma certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

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