The British College of Journalism offers distance learning that delivers. I enrolled in The Professional Freelance Journalism Course because I liked the College’s confident guarantee; you will be published. Before this freelance journalism course, I had only a vague idea of how to approach publications with my article ideas but now I know exactly how to go about it!
The online tutorials are professionally written, concise and easy to follow. Each tutorial includes a variety of interesting case studies with pointers from working professionals in the industry. I found the tips and advice for getting your career started to be very helpful.
With the encouragement and guidance of my tutor, I was able to successfully pitch my feature article which resulted in a paid job. And now, just twelve tutorials later, I am reading my own feature in the business magazine of the Oxford Times.
Since completing this freelance journalism course, I have had two articles published this month as result of my studies with the College.
I was very happy with the payment I received from the Oxford Times even though regional and local papers can have a reputation for paying at the lower end of the scale. They were very professional and responded to my pitch and paid me very promptly – the next day!
Now that I have finished this freelance journalism course I intend to keep working as a professional freelance journalist. As well as continuing to pitch ideas for articles, I am also in the process of setting up a blog spot.
I have many more ideas for future projects and I try to keep all my preliminary research organised and ready to go. You never know when the phone call you have been waiting for comes and your pitch is accepted. Then it’s all go!
As a result of this course, I now have the confidence to approach different types of publications with my ideas. My skills as a journalist have definitely improved and I now have a much better idea of what is required and how to make features happen.