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The Freelance Journalism Upgrade is an advanced course that will further your skills and knowledge by learning about public relations, multi-media, broadcasting, photojournalism and basic photography.

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You will explore the trail of the paparazzi and learn how to build relationships with editors. You'll also look at the role of a correspondent and how to expand your working market.

Course summary

Qualification gained
Australian College Diploma of Journalism (Advanced Freelance Journalism)
Course code
Study mode
Flexible delivery (including online with some projects / activities and/or skills-based training)
Course fees
Pay up-front, pay by installment or completely customise your own payment plan here. Employers, ask about our group/corporate rates and traineeship availability.
Flexible duration (with an option to extend)
Up to 9 months
Study load
Start date
Start anytime
Assessment method
Multiple choice, short answer questions
Nationally recognised

Course units

Unit 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'

Unit 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

Entry requirements

  • 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

If you have these essential requirements, then you can get started immediately.

Student reviews

"I have completed distance, online learning with other institutions previously and I found Australian College to be one of the most professional, efficient and focused providers of distance learning that I have enrolled with. Thank you for your support."

Nadine Taylor, 17th January 2014

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