Advanced Freelance Journalism



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Course Code FJA
Qualification gained Australian College Certificate in Advanced Freelance Journalism
Study mode Flexible delivery online
Flexible duration Up to 12 months
Study load Self-paced
Start date Start anytime
Assessment method Short Answer Questions, Writing Assessments
Nationally recognised No
Course units

Module 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


Module 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


Module 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


Module 4 – Broadcast and Photo Journalism

Reading 1 – Applied Journalism and Multimedia
The Role of Applied Journalism
Writing Press Releases and Public Relations Pieces
Writing a ‘People’ Piece
Writing Editorials
Writing Content for the Web
The Virtual Newsroom: Your News Desk
Producing Copy Under Pressure

Reading 2 – Choosing Assignments
Newspaper Versus Magazine Writing
Writing for Magazines
Choosing the Right Magazine
What Magazine Publishers Want
Choosing Your Assignments
Domestic Versus International Markets

Reading 3 – Broadcast Journalism: Television and Radio
The Electronic Media Market
Journalism in Broadcasting
Reporting for Television and Radio
Television and Radio Writing Techniques
Television and Radio Presenting Techniques
Techniques for Writing Scripts and Speeches

Reading 4 – Photojournalism and Specialisms
Photojournalism – The Background Story
Basics Concepts in Photojournalism
Photographic Lenses and Techniques
Writing for Specialised Markets
The Trail of the ‘Paparazzi’


Module 5 – Becoming a Freelance Journalist

Reading 1 – Professional Freelancing
How Professionals Get Work
How Professionals Handle Rejections
Building Relationships with Editors
The Final Edit
Journalism Rates
Earning an Income from Freelance Journalism
Negotiating Rates and Contracts

Reading 2 – On Assignment
Three Elements of Freelance Success
What To Take With You On Assignments
Managing Your Assignments
Other Sources of Income
Building Your Freelance Journalism Business
Your Future as a Freelance Journalist
Using Online Resources

  • 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

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