Training - Freelance Journalists

There are a variety of courses and training available for prospective journalists. There are also various routes you can take to becoming a fully qualified journalist, for example, you might complete an NCTJ course to become fully qualified or you may do a post-graduate University degree to complete your training.  


University courses for freelance journalists

Having a University degree can help further your career as a freelance journalist. You can find many courses through UCAS, also known as the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Here are just some courses that you might want to consider:

  • (BA) Journalism
  • (BA) Journalism, PR, and Media with a foundation year
  • (BA) Journalism, Media, and Culture
  • (BA) Journalism and Publishing
  • (BA) Journalism studies and Sports studies


Apprenticeship courses for freelance journalists

If University is not the right fit for you, then maybe an Apprenticeship is the right path for a successful freelance journalism career. Here are some apprenticeship courses for journalists:


Some other courses to become a qualified journalist include:

NCTJ - The National Council for the Training of Journalists. NCTJ offers training which has become a requirement for most print publications. 

Become a journalist – This page highlights a variety of courses such as News journalism, Sports journalism, Digital Features and Longform Journalism, and a part-time NCTJ diploma. These courses are accredited by NCTJ.

Hold the Front Page – There is a training section from this excellent journalism resource site. – offers training for those wanting to be or are journalists, editors, web managers, communication professionals, and PR’s.



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