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All aspects of business now require the writing of content either for a professional reason or simply to write blog posts or white papers to support business and marketing. The ability to write correctly and succinctly is an important skill in all aspects of business, sales and marketing. Some will take their writing to the next step and write professionally for a living, by publishing in magazines, papers, online etc.

The Freelance Journalism course will teach you the keys to writing successful articles that editors want to buy and you will learn how to work with the five fundamental questions every journalist must know to get their stories published. You will also learn how to develop your own writing style and gain the skills to write for a diverse industry.

In this course, you will learn about the value of selling and re-selling your articles and how syndication works. With this aim in mind, you will gain invaluable skills including learning how to draw up a basic freelance contract which will help you successfully earn an income from this industry.

Course summary

Qualification gained
Australian College Diploma of Journalism (Freelance Journalism)
Course code
Study mode
Flexible delivery (including online with some projects / activities and/or skills-based training)
Flexible duration (with an option to extend)
Up to 12 months
Study load
Start date
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Assessment method
Short Answer Questions, Writing Assessments
Nationally recognised

Course fees

Payment Option 1 - $2,000.00 upfront*
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Course units

Unit 1 - Getting Started in Freelance Journalism

Reading 1 - The World of Journalism

An Introduction to Freelance Journalism
The Journalist's Role
Careers in Journalism
A Brief History of Journalism
Inside a Newspaper
Working as a Freelance Journalist
The Journalist's Toolkit
Writing a Journalism Article
Getting Started - Space Fillers

Reading 2 - News Reporting

What You Need to Succeed as a Freelance News Journalist
Article Structure: The Inverted Pyramid
Writing The Lead
Writing The Body
Writing The Tail
Angles Sell Stories

Reading 3 - Freelance Journalism Essentials

Responsible and Equipment Needs
Writing for Newspapers
Responsible Journalism
The Journalist’s Equipment
Accounts and Stationery

Reading 4 - Writing as a Freelance Journalist

Selling Yourself and Your Work
How to Present Your Articles
A Basic Freelance Contract

Unit 2 - Developing Writing Styles

Reading 1 - How to Structure Your Story

Beginnings, Middles and Endings
Hooks and Angles
Reporting Quotes
Reporting Media Events
The Uses of Tense

Reading 2 - Research, Statistics and the Internet

Research and Information Sources
The Internet
External Research Resources
Accessing 'Official' Information

Reading 3 - Journalism Interviews

Good Interviewing
Setting Up The Interview
Conducting The Interview
Interview Quotes

Reading 4 - Writing Style

Your Personal Style
Why Style Matters
Writing Technique
House Style

Unit 3 - Writing for a Diverse Industry

Reading 1 - Writing for Newspapers and Magazines

A Journalist's Way With Words
Working with Sub-Editors
Using Language Correctly
Writing Headlines
Opinion Pieces

Reading 2 - Media, Law and Ethics

Key Legal Concepts
The Law and Court Reporting
Ethics and Courtesy Count, Too

Reading 3 - Feature Writing

The Value of Feature Writing
The Joy of Feature Writing
The Human Interest Story
Researching a Feature Story
Writing The Feature
Reviewing a Feature Story

Reading 4 - Writing Columns and Reviews

A Column of Your Own
Writing for Specialist Publications
Writing Reviews
Writing Arts and Entertainment Reviews
Sports Writing
Travel Writing
Your Contacts Book

Entry requirements

  • Access to a computer with word processing, PDF reader capabilities and an internet connection
  • A good command of written English
  • Ability to allocate appropriate study hours per week

If you have these essential requirements, then you can get started immediately.

Student reviews

"The Australian College tutors were very helpful and inspiring. Coming from various backgrounds, they offered industry relevant information, trends, and ideas 'outside the box' at a level of which I would otherwise not have had access.

They helped me to focus on the individual topics through the assignments and extract the most out of the course, making it directly relevant to the industry."

Marnie Bernard

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