The Writers Behind The Course

Gain industry knowledge direct from the source

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.

“Competent freelance material is always in demand. If you can provide well-written material on any subject, provided it has a new or interesting angle, readers will want to share your information and editors will want to buy what you have.”
 


Senior Tutor: Judy Yorke

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.

 


Primary course writer: Carl Hammerschmidt

The primary writer for this course is Carl Hammerschmidt. Carl worked in publishing for more than 20 years. During that time he has edited national publications and worked extensively as a freelance writer.

Carl has worked as feature writer, features editor and editor on a diverse range of international magazines including Hot MetalSports MonthlyMAXRalphInside Sport and Men’s Style. He has also worked as Executive Producer of SBS’s Digital Media division, and is currently the Director of Bauer Media Group’s digital division. In this role for one of the world’s biggest magazine publishers, he oversees the websites for magazines such as CosmopolitanFHMHarper’s Bazaar and NW for Bauer Media Group.

Although Carl’s recent focus has been in cutting edge new media, Carl still believes that there is no better medium than the written word and effective journalism, and no matter what channel it is delivered through – print or online – it is still the most powerful communication tool when done well.


Course Contributors

The British College of Journalism has recruited many highly-regarded freelance writers, journalists and editors, who work in specialised areas of journalism, to assist you throughout your course. Their skills and experience, covering all publishing genres, provide you with an intimate knowledge of how to write just about anything, for anyone.

These journalists, authors and editors include:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.