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:
- BBC Journalism Apprenticeship Advanced
- ITV News Traineeship
- NCTJ – here you can find roles as a Journalist Apprentice and as a Senior Journalist Apprentice.
- EPA (End-point assessment)
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.
Journalism.co.uk – Journalism.co.uk offers training for those wanting to be or are journalists, editors, web managers, communication professionals, and PR’s.
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