A popular choice for budding journalists and copywriters, the Freelance Journalism course is ideal for any writer seeking a rewarding and independent career as a freelancer.
Far removed from a creative writing course, the Freelance Journalism course has been tailored to equip students with not only professional writing skills; but also valuable industry knowledge and marketing knowledge. You’ll learn how to approach publishers as well as honing a robust understanding of essential practical matters and the potential issues you may face.
Spread across 9 exciting and diverse modules (which you can explore by clicking the ‘Modules’ tab above), the Freelance Journalism course offers students the opportunity to begin an independent career in journalism. You’ll firstly look at writing in general, studying the importance of content, style and presentation, as well as how to tailor written content to your target audience.
You’ll then move on to highly practical modules on markets, how to sell your work and how to remain motivated and self-disciplined. You’ll even learn how to manage your taxes and expenses, as well as how to maintain a good reputation and avoid potential issues. All in all, the Freelance Journalism course will teach students how to successfully operate as a professional freelance journalist, so they can hit the ground running upon graduation.
Although there are no set entry requirements, a good standard of literacy is required for this course. To ensure your success, a study guide is supplied to each new student, and you will also be assigned a personal tutor. Your tutor will be on hand to offer assistance and guidance, should you require any.
Module 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?
Module 2 – Markets
What the editor wants
How to analyse
What the reader wants
Module 3 : Content
What do I write?
What not to write
Why do I need to find ideas?
How to save time and trouble?
When do some themes not sell?
Where is interviewing a factor?
Module 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?
Module 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?
Module 6 : Practical Matters
What is defamation?
Why is reputation important?
How do I avoid libel?
When is copyright important?
Where are photographs a factor?
Module 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?
Module 8 : No Excuses – verse, Criticism and Sports Writing
What is critical writing?
When is executive writing used?
Why does verse usually not sell?
Module 9 : Tax and Expenses
Where are expenses a factor?
WHERE WILL THIS COURSE TAKE ME?
Upon successful graduation, you will be awarded a diploma from Distance Learning Plus. In addition, you will receive a certificate from Focus Awards. These certificates are only offered to students who have successfully completed courses that meet Focus Award’s high expectations of quality.
Graduates will possess the industry knowledge, insights and skills required to set themselves up as freelance journalists and establish rewarding careers in the industry.
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Key points for this course:
This is a fully supported home study course supported by your own tutor
Your enrolment fee covers absolutely everything – there will be nothing more to pay after you have enrolled, there are no hidden fees
You have 12 months to complete your course
You may enrol at any time of the year
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