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This course will give you the opportunity to learn the skills required to be a successful freelance journalist from the comfort of your own home, or from anywhere in the world!

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Work directly with an established and current professional freelance journalist with a proven record of success who will teach you all you need to know.

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The course is conducted totally online and delivered to you over your choice of 12 or 24 weeks. It is entirely self-paced, and you can take up to 2 years to complete the course.

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The British College of Journalism

The British College of Journalism is a division of International News Syndicate LTD. Our directors and principals have been involved in all aspects of media work for some 30 years.

We are an international media-training company with students in more than 80 countries and territories. The principles of freelance journalism are similar the world over. However our course has been individually revised and designed to suit the needs of students living and working in the United Kingdom.

The Professional Freelance Journalism Course is designed as a structured training program.

Your Certificate of Completion and your International News Syndicate Media Pass are posted to you when you successfully complete your course.

Through online course delivery and email communication, the College is able to assist you every step of the way.


The Professional Freelance Journalism Course

Welcome to The Professional Freelance Journalism Course provided by the British College of Journalism. The course is entirely online and delivered to you over your choice of 12 or 24 weeks. You can study at your own pace and take up to 2 years to complete your course.
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.
This online journalism course has been specifically designed for you to achieve success in the UK freelance writing market.
A personal tutor you will be assigned to assist you throughout this journalism course. They are a working UK media professional with in-depth knowledge of the freelance writing markets that most interest you. They will teach you all you need to know to start building your journalism career.


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12 or 24 weeks (take up to 2 years)

Why get into freelance journalism?

10 great reasons to do this online journalism course

learn journalism in a short course from your home now!

  • You can work from home: your costs are minuscule. Your only essential tool is your home PC, laptop or even just a tablet.
  • For every article you write, you will learn at least one new fact.
  • For every article you write, you will meet at least one new person.
  • Your hours are flexible: freelance writing is something you can do part-time. Unless you are out on assignment you can work from home, at the times that best suit you.
  • A hobby can become a career: you can turn any interest you have into profit by being published, and published regularly. Whether it be a sport, craft, hobby or professional experience, readers and editors wish to share your knowledge. If you have a passion for travel, adventure, show business, the arts, health and fitness, food or finance to list a few you can turn this into a money-making pursuit. Similarly if you have a professional skill, readers would like to hear from you.

  • You are your own boss: as a freelance writer you’ll enjoy an independence rarely experienced in other professions.
  • Your source of material is endless.
  • You can specialise in your passions.
  • There is no such thing as a “typical” freelance writer: in fact, many freelance writers didn’t set out deliberately on this path. Instead, they entered the industry because they felt they had something to say – usually about a subject for which they have a passion. School teachers, trades people, nurses, secretaries, business people, IT specialists: freelance writers come from all fields.
  • Part-time freelance writing is a path to full-time employment as a full-time freelance or staff journalist: if you are looking for employment in the media industry the first question any editor will ask is: “What have you had published previously?” This is your most important qualification. Freelance writing quickly builds your all-important portfolio of published material which can serve as a stepping-stone into full-time mainstream media employment.

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