Freelance writing, in particular journalism, is a highly competitive field. Successful journalists and freelance writers not only have good writing skills, they have the ‘nose’ for a good story, the ability to write quickly and succinctly, and are experts in their chosen area of writing. This course is ideal for writers who are keen to build on their current skills and experience in order to enhance their career prospects, including being published!
The Certificate of Journalism is an online program that will teach you about different writing techniques, help you access new contacts, sharpen your skills, fine-tune your writing skills in the areas of sentence structure and theme development, including using deductive, inductive, chronological, descriptive, analogy, flashback and cause and effect concepts.
The Certificate of Journalism is an online professional development course that will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to prepare for a career in journalism, as a freelance writing, editor or publisher. This comprehensive journalism course will develop your writing skills, help you discover work opportunities and learn how to network with professionals for success.
On completion of this course, you will have improved your existing writing skills, discovered potential writing specialisations, and gained insights into how to achieve your ultimate career aspirations!
Unit 1: Freelance Writing
Categories of freelance writing
Steps to getting started
Necessary resources (including equipment)
Researching the market
Sources of information
How to develop yourself as a freelance writer
Basic writing skills
How to improve a piece of writing
Essential writing skills
Connotation and denotation
Literal and figurative language
Formal and Informal language
Making meanings clear
Causes of confusion
Condensing your writing
Phrases linked in a wordy fashion
Using too many words
Active and passive language
Rules of speech
Types of sentences
Building a paragraph
Planning what you write
Developing a concept
Writing an outline synopsis
Planning your writing
The writing process
Feature writing conventions
Feature article structure
Introduction, billboard paragraph, body, ending and closer
Theme Development (eg. Deductive, Inductive, Classic, Chronological, Descriptive, Analogy, Cause & Effect, Classification, Definition Analysis, Comparison & Contrast, Flashback etc)
Writing a Regular Column
Criticism Journalism (eg Theatre Critics, Book Reviews, Film Reviews, etc)
Illustrating an article
Putting it all together
Writing a Biographical Story
Developing a draft plan
Writing the final manuscript
Writing a News Article
Analysing a news article
Wwriting and illustrating a sporting event
Characteristics of good fiction (ie. A strong plot;. A hero or heroine; Obvious motivation; Plenty of action; A colourful background), Forming and developing an idea.
TV & Radio Scripts
Conducting a Survey;
Developing a Story
Unit 3: Journalism Practice
Working to Specification: Problem Based Learning Project
Writing specifications (Specs)
A sustainable career
How fast do you write?
The PBL project
PBL project stages
Publishing online: Electronic Publications
How material is published online
Change in the new normal
Writing and submitting article
Digital online writing
Digital writing skills
Styling an article
Revised submitted work
Set task project
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 400 hours. Twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.