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This freelance journalism course was published by Joseph Morris, founder of the British College of Journalism off the back of more than 30 years experience in writing and publishing.

Mr Morris commenced his career as a cadet journalist and newspaper reporter before becoming a feature writer. He later published two weekly newspapers, one covering general sport and one for children. Mr Morris has also written a series of newsletters including On Assignment, a newsletter for travel writers and Briefing, a monthly newsletter for the media. Morris has also worked in radio and television, for United Press International (UPI) and as an international correspondent.

Apart from his intimate knowledge of professional writing, Morris had the ability to impart this knowledge. He launched The British College of Journalism in the United Kingdom and the Morris Journalism Academy in Australia in the early 2000’s. An acknowledged expert in media training via distance learning, he successfully trained students in more than 80 countries and territories. The British College of Journalism was launched in 2007 and has assisted countless graduates to success.

On the craft of freelance journalism, Mr. Morris always said: "Freelance writers are not born, they are taught. And, the simple truth is, it’s not that difficult."

Why Do The Professional Freelance Journalism Course?

The Professional Freelance Journalism Course by The British College of Journalism is an affordable and accessible way to pursue your writing career. With flexible payment options and course guarantees, this course allows you to study with ease and peace of mind. Because the course is provided entirely online, you can study from anywhere in the world.

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Course Content

The Professional Freelance Journalism Course is a well rounded, practical and up-to-date journalism course, which offers the skills and knowledge to find success as a freelance journalist. Listed below is just a snapshot of the information presented over twelve, easy to understand tutorials for you to read at your own pace.

The Professional Freelance Journalism Course is delivered entirely online, traditionally known as distance learning. Course work is delivered directly to your inbox, so you can work from home or anywhere in the world, with no face-to-face classes.

The Professional Freelance Journalism Course is comprised of 12 tutorials, delivered weekly or fortnightly, over 12 or 24 weeks. Over this time you will be tutored in all aspects of journalism by a team of experienced journalists and editors. This vast wealth of accumulated knowledge is provided to you together with the ways to apply this knowledge to the areas of journalism that most interest you.

You may take longer than 12 or 24 weeks to complete the course, as it is entirely self-paced. You may take up to a year to finish your course of studies if required.

How The Professional Freelance Journalism Course Is Structured

Fully Flexible And Online

No due dates or assignment deadlines, you work on the course at times that best suit you.

Recognition Of Studies

Obtain your Diploma and Media Pass.

Flexible Payment Options

Payment plans offered over three, and six months, or pay upfront and receive a £50 discount. Looking for a different payment schedule? Get in touch, we'll be happy to help.

12 Detailed Course Modules

Easy to use, detailed modules that become an invaluable guide for you long after graduation.

7-Day Money Back Guarantee

Should you decide this course is not for you, just get in touch by email within 7 days of your course start date to request your money back.

Personalised feedback on every assignment you submit from a successful journalist.

Personal Feedback From Your Tutor

Should you need to, you can take as long as one year to complete your course.

One Year To Complete

Your Award And Recognition

TUTORIAL 1

Basics of Freelance Journalism & Working from Home

So, you want to be a freelance journalist? This introduction sets a solid foundation to the exciting and dynamic world of journalism. This tutorial will present the day-to-day realities of being a journalist, as well as debunking the myths of the industry. You will be introduced to what it means to work freelance, as opposed to full-time, as well as the implications these roles have. You will be given tips on setting-up a functional and productive work space and ethic, and how this works on the road. Tutorial one concludes with assignment one.

TUTORIAL 2
The Marketplace & the Article
Success in the industry comes in part by knowing the newsstands and identifying markets. In this tutorial, you will be shown the different formats of publications that make the industry, as well as gaining an understanding of the differences between news, stories, features, profiles, reviews and columns, and you will learn what editors like. The tutorial ends with assignment two.
TUTORIAL 3
Understanding Grammar & Sub-editing
Tutorial three is back to basics, where you will look at the parts of speech, the importance of punctuation and the rule of modern language. You will be given tips on editing and re-editing your work and the growth that comes from an editor telling you to ‘have another go’. As well as this, you will learn to recognise when your article is finished and how to write a review. The tutorial ends with assignment three.
TUTORIAL 4
Knowing Your Clients & Building a CV
In tutorial four we go through the chain of command and production cycle, starting with the editor and what they do. You will learn how to satisfy any editor, as well as how to develop relationships with sub-editors and using these to your advantage to sell and gain stories. You will begin to develop your portfolio, as well as learning what you need to know about writing for lifestyle magazines. Tutorial four finishes with assignment four.
TUTORIAL 5
How to Get Freelance Article Ideas
This tutorial will help you find your ‘light bulb’ moment, as we explore where to find good ideas and turning them into great stories. You will learn seasonal story ideas, and how to place yourself in the front line of accessing potential stories. This tutorial explores the importance of the publicist, talking to experts and listening to friends and peers and how to write for music press. Assignment five rounds off this tutorial.
TUTORIAL 6
What Makes a Good Freelance Article
Building on knowledge gained from tutorial five, tutorial six explores the finer points of turning a good story into a great story, exploring new angles to a story and picking the right angle. You will learn of the importance of research and multiple viewpoints, and how to conduct effective research using many channels. This tutorial also explores everything you need to know about writing for women’s magazines.
TUTORIAL 7
How to Sell an Article: The Pitch
Tutorial seven begins with the all important pitch; how to pitch, and why timing is everything. You will learn about how to get your pitch in front of the right people, as well as the right and wrong ways to do the ‘hard sell’. This tutorial covers the uncomfortable topic of rejection, and how to bounce back from it. It takes a practical look at the business-end of freelance journalism, looking at contracts, rates and copyright, and the industry standards that determine these elements. You will also learn about writing for men’s magazines, as well as receive an introduction to photography and photo-journalism. This tutorial ends with assignment six.
TUTORIAL 8
Taking a Brief & the Basic Rules of Journalism
In tutorial eight, you will look at the brief, and the importance of sticking to it. It also covers writing to a deadline, and why deadlines are so important. Tutorial eight also covers journalism ethics, with a brief discussion on defamation, developing and respecting sources and the importance of industry contacts. This tutorial looks further into travel writing, and how to write a fishing article, and computer and IT articles.
TUTORIAL 9
How to Write an Article – Part One: The Basics
Tutorial nine is the first in a two-part series on how to write an article. Beginning at the basics, you will look at understanding both the client and the audience, as well as the rules of reporting (the who, what, where, when and why). You will learn how to make structure simple by understanding the structure pyramid. You will also learn the importance of the lead, and what the lead should contain, as well as how to use direct and indirect quotes, references and how to end a story. This tutorial also offers a guide to media markets, and information on how to write for regional and country press. This tutorial concludes with assignment seven.
TUTORIAL 10
How to Write a feature Article – Part Two: Writing Style
In the second part of ‘How to Write an Article’, you will look at developing your writing style, through writing in the active voice, as well as setting tone and tense, and sticking to it. You will learn how to build a story and letting it flow, while removing redundant words, platitudes and clichés. You will learn that competent writing is good writing and explore the media markets.
TUTORIAL 11
The Interview
Tutorial eleven explores how to set up, and conduct interviews, as well as the finer points of interviewing, interview techniques and how to get the most out of a short amount of interview time. You will learn how to make technology work in your favour as a freelance journalist, as well as how to work as a roving reporter and how to handle a ‘difficult’ interview/interviewee. This tutorial concludes with assignment eight.
TUTORIAL 12
Freelance Assignments that Pay
To conclude this journalism course, tutorial twelve looks at why niche publishing is so important to a freelancer, as well as how to write and sell to these niche markets. Tutorial twelve looks at the various niche markets and discusses the potential markets that are often overlooked. On the business end of being a freelancer, this tutorial offers a checklist for running your freelance business, and factors such as taxation and accountancy. This tutorial offers a valuable list of contacts, associations and resources to set you on your way. This tutorial ends with your final assignment.
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Not only that, but we also provide you with a mini-tutorial of your preference. Choose from the following and get it straight to your email: Travel WritingWriting Adventure ArticlesWriting For Fashion MagazinesWriting For Motoring ArticleWriting For Niche MarketsWriting For Sports MagazinesWriting For Technology PublicationsWriting For Womens Magazines, and Writing Your Own Column.

Course Type

Professional & Personal Development

Study Mode

Distance Learning - via email or student portal

Course Length

12 Tutorials: Sent weekly or fortnightly (take up to a year)

Award

The Diploma of Professional Freelance Journalism

Payment Options

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Course Type

Professional & Personal Development

Study Mode

Distance Learning - via email or student portal

Course Length

12 Tutorials: Sent weekly or fortnightly (take up to a year)

Award

The Diploma of Professional Freelance Journalism

Payment Options

Flexible payment plans available

For more than a decade, The British College of Journalism has helped thousands of aspiring writers achieve success.

The Professional Freelance Journalism Course provides individual and flexible, quality training. Learn to write about what you love and how to get paid for it!

Follow Your Passion

Grow your skills for success in print and online journalism.

Your Diploma

The Diploma of Freelance Journalism from the British College of Journalism is awarded to successful graduates of this course.

The practical knowledge and experience you will have acquired throughout this course will be of enormous importance as you establish yourself as a freelance journalist.

At the end of your course, you will have acquired a level of skill where you can take on any assignment you choose.

Your Media Pass

At the successful completion of your course, you can apply to receive the INS Media Pass. You may find this pass can open many doors for you. This pass clearly states your training as a freelance journalist and provides a useful and important form of identification. Your pass is free. The Media Pass has a three year expiry, but graduates can purchase an updated pass when required.

In addition, you are automatically accredited with International News Syndicate LTD. (INS). This accreditation places you on our register of freelance writers and other media providers.

Judy Yorke has been a journalist for more than 20 years. She has worked both on staff and as a freelancer, and has an enormous amount of experience across many sectors.

Judy worked earlier as a business journalist before moving to a feature agency supplying regional newspapers. She then switched to consumer magazines where she held senior staff positions including features editor of Woman and assistant features editor of Good Housekeeping. An important part of Judy’s work in both these roles was editing staff and freelancer copy in order to turn it into publishable material.

As a freelance journalist, Judy has worked for, among others, Fabulous, Closer, Prima, Essentials, Women’s Own, Love It, and Real People. At the time of writing Judy also a weekly contributor to the Daily Mirror.

Senior Tutor: Judy Yorke

This course is designed to accomplish three things:

  1. To equip you with the knowledge and skills required to become a freelance journalist either as a full or part-time career, or as a profitable sideline.
  2. To teach you how to write a feature article, pitch your ideas and see your work published. This will provide you with a valuable portfolio of published material, knowledge and skills to assist with gaining entry-level employment as a journalist in mainstream media.
  3. To develop more general writing skills, so you can achieve success in other areas such as PR (public relations) and marketing, or writing a blog.

You may take longer than 12 or 24 weeks to complete the course, as it is entirely self-paced. You may take up to a year to finish your course of studies if required.

15,000+

14+

80

Students

Years Training Successful Journalists

Countries and Territories

The Professional Freelance Journalism Course has been designed to provide you with the professional skills required to succeed as a freelance journalist. This online journalism course offers you a unique opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required to be a professional freelance journalist or to indulge your passion for writing as a profitable sideline.

So, how do you become a professional freelance journalist capable of handling each and every assignment? The requirements are simple and straightforward:

  1. An interest in writing
  2. Motivation
  3. The willingness to learn

If you have these qualities, The British College of Journalism will provide you with the knowledge and skills to ensure your success.

As you’ll discover, freelance writing offers a unique opportunity for work independence and, at the same time, the chance to indulge your passions and flex your creativity. What’s more, you are being paid to do so!

What You Need To Succeed

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Open the door to a world of opportunity

Freelance writing is undeniably a lot of fun. But, it can also bring you widespread recognition, perhaps even some fame and fortune. This is one of the few professions that does not discriminate in any way.

This craft does not require a university degree or other academic qualifications. Once you know what the market requires you have a highly profitable skill. By definition you become a professional writer with your first sale. Be prepared for one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of your life.

There is also the quiet but undeniable pleasure of seeing your name and material in print. Furthermore, in providing information and pleasure to your readers, in providing recognition to those who deserve it and sometimes assistance to those who need it.

You’ll discover that being a freelance writer gives you status. The very nature of your work also puts you in contact with endless people of interest – those who are worthy of writing about.

You’ll also discover freelance writing is an adventure limited only by your own ambition and interest – qualities that will be further developed by this course.

What Do I Do After Completing The Course?

In every area of publishing you will see potential work for the freelance writer.

The Professional Freelance Journalism Course shows you how to handle all of these assignments and more:

  • General feature articles
  • Human interest articles
  • Personal development
  • How-To articles
  • Travel articles
  • Entertainment features
  • Medical writing & columns
  • Personal experience
  • Health & fitness writing
  • Financial writing and analysis
  • Humour columns
  • Sports articles
  • Food & wine writing
  • Movie reviews
  • Regular columns
  • Press Releases
  • PR & Marketing material

Per capita, British people are some of the biggest purchasers and consumers of newspapers and magazines in the world. For anyone planning to become a freelance journalist, this is the best news you will ever read.

There are an estimated 8000 magazine titles alone available in the United Kingdom. This does not take into account metropolitan newspapers, regional newspapers, community newspapers, corporate publications, websites and a host of other possible markets for the freelance writer.

There is a big secret to freelance journalism for profit: finding success as a freelance journalist isn’t that difficult. Here’s another secret: the business of freelance journalism is not necessarily about award-winning writing, it’s about competent writing. Thousands of newspapers and magazines are constantly on the lookout for competent material. Note we say “competent” – they are not looking for literary masterpieces.

  • KRISTEN KING
    Full-time freelance writer-editor. A previous finalist in the Writer’s Digest “Best Writer’s Website” Contest and named one of the previous “Top 10 Blogs for Writers”. Her work has appeared in local, regional and national publications both in print and online, and she has a global freelance client base. Kristen makes her home in the Virginian countryside with her husband, a pug, a bull mastiff, and two cats.

Course Contributors

  • DEBORAH GRANT
    Freelance writer and sub-editor. Former Chief Sub-Editor on numerous international magazines including Inside Out, She and Marie Claire magazine.
  • CRAIG MATHIESON
    Film and television critic, writer of music profiles and contributor to The Monthly. As a freelance writer Craig has written for Rolling Stone, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and GQ. Former Editor Juice magazine. Film writer, The Bulletin, music writer, The Age.
  • WILL RANKIN
    Editor, managing editor, freelance journalist and PR since 1993. He has worked with publishing companies and clients across the globe, writing about a huge diversity of subjects, from politics to pandas, and everything in between. He currently lives in London.
  • MICHAEL PICKERING
    Currently a freelance editor and journalist, Michel was Editor of Men’s Style magazine. Previously Michael has been Editor of Rugby League Week and Editor of cricket magazine, Inside Edge and Ralph magazine. He has also been a senior writer, sub and editor at a number of international publications.
  • NETTIE HARTSOCK
    Nettie has been a professional freelance writer for the past 20 years, including high tech and business journalism. Apart from her strong print media background, Nettie has become a leading provider of freelance material to the internet. In her diverse writing journey, she’s worked as a technical writer, produced legal documentaries, and was a devoted celebrity/lifestyle/fiction review writer for many different print magazines. She also worked as managing editor of a high gloss feature and styles magazine Access Texas. Nettie was also a reporter for the award winning alternative print news weekly The Chatauquan.
  • GARTH MONTGOMERY
    Freelance writer and editor specialising in computers and information technology.
  • ANNE MARIA DELL'OSO
    Journalist, film critic and author whose books include Cats, Cradles and Chamomile Tea and Songs of the Suitcase. Ms Dell’oso did her newspaper cadetship on the Christchurch Star in New Zealand.
  • PAUL B KIDD
    Freelance writer and editor, turned author. Specialising in travel, big game fishing, humour and adventure. Feature writer for magazines worldwide including Penthouse and Marlin. Now turned radio broadcaster and true-crime author. Currently author of more than 20 titles.
  • JOHN PARRISH
    English freelancer who also writes for US and international magazines including Stuff, Maxim, The Evening Standard and many others. International sales are primarily where he makes his income.

What Our Graduates Say

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"Relocating from the UK to the USA, I found the skills I acquired through writing various pieces were invaluable for an expat and a stay at home mother in a new country. Freelance journalism gave me the freedom to work from home while giving me the flexibility to handle my children’s needs."

Vanessa T

"I have written for a number of well-known international newspapers and magazines including BBC Wildlife, National Geographic Kids and National Wildlife Federation magazine... The satisfaction you get when seeing your article in a magazine is priceless!"

Sara M

"My first article has appeared in the magazine, Top Sante. I am now considering subjects for future articles."

Lynne N

"The course was invaluable in my getting the article published as it gave step-by-step detailed information in each tutorial... I would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in freelance journalism. The support has been brilliant and has given me invaluable skills to further my journalism career."

Sandra B

"I already have three streams of income from writing and I’m making more money than ever before. I now earn a living from my laptop, writing online blogs... The demand for content is endless. You don’t need to be an exceptional writer, just a good one, who is able to deliver what is asked of you to a deadline."

Thomas B

"I am fortunate to be published now and have had my work used by Sky Sports and Boxing News Magazine, as well as having a regular opinion piece on a boxing website… I still pinch myself that someone will pay for my thoughts and views on a sport I love and it may not have happened without this course."

Jon B

"I am delighted to say that I am now a regular feature writer for travel company Travioor. Obtaining the BCJ qualification was pivotal in acquiring this position as it increased my flair for words and improved my content structure."

Ranjit S

"I can confidently say I learnt every trick of the trade to write for any market. This course has improved and enlightened my professional knowledge and skills to writing and establishing my own magazine."

Adebayo A

"When I started I did not consider making journalism a career, but now I can earn money doing something I enjoy – life doesn’t get much better!"

Joy S

See Your Name In Print

Our students achieve success by learning from top professional journalist. Check out where our students have been published and read what they have to say about our course.

*The British College of Journalism does not claim to be affiliated with any of the publications listed above.

The principles of freelance writing are similar the world over. However, this course has been written by journalists and editors with an in-depth knowledge of the UK market and what it requires. Your tutor, a top and current working professional, will provide you with personalised and individual comments on work you produce, about the topics you most enjoy writing about.

  1. The Professional Freelance Journalism Course does not focus on the theory of freelance writing. It focuses on the practical aspects of getting published, being paid for your efforts, and seeing other opportunities as a freelance writer.
  2. The course is unique in its easy to digest content.

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