Freelance Journalism Upgrade

FJAUP (Prerequisite FJ or equivalent)

Course Information

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.

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.


Australian College provides you with a range of payment plan options. You can pay upfront, pay by instalment or completely customise your own payment plan here.

Employers ask about our group/corporate rates and traineeship availability.

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.


Upon completion of the course you will be awarded the Australian College Diploma of Journalism (Advanced Freelance Journalism).

Qualification Pathways
  • Complete the required training and the assessment requirements
  • Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Apply for Recognition of Current Competency (RCC)
  • Apply for Credit Transfer (CrT)
Career Opportunities

Freelance Journalist, Columnist, Feature Writer, News Reporter, Freelance Writer, Foreign Correspondent, Sub-editor, Researcher.

Course Summary
Course Code:
Delivery Mode:
Online and Flexible delivery
Assessments may vary according to each subject, but may include one or more of the following:
  • Short answers questionnaires
  • Written tasks/Written essays
  • Multiple choice/true or false questions
  • Workplace hours
  • Scenario-based case studies, practical projects with product or software, documents or diagrams.
Qualification Gained:
Diploma of Journalism (Advanced Freelance Journalism)
Nationally Recognised:
National Code:
Awarded By:
Australian College
What Our Students Say

"After I completed the Diploma of Freelance Journalism I found full-time work almost immediately. I started with a free weekly publication called the 'Weekender' based on the Sunshine Coast and within six months was offered a position as junior editor of their Noosa publication! I then left the magazine to take on the challenge of work experience at Channel 7 local news ... a fantastic opportunity that ultimately led me into a full-time position as a photo-journalist for another weekly newspaper, 'The Coolum News'."

Dominic Osborne, Freelance Journalism

"The Freelance Journalism course is very informative and presented in a clear and attractive style. I especially appreciate the personal encouragement from my tutors. I'm enjoying the challenge of this new direction in my life. It's exciting and I eagerly look forward to each tutorial."

Gail Whitten, Freelance Journalism

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Subject Descriptions

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
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