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Online course: Getting started as a freelance journalist
May 4 @ 9:30 am - May 30 @ 5:00 pm£150
Freelance journalism is a tough gig, but it can also be one of the most rewarding. Led by established freelance journalist Abigail Edge, this online course will teach you everything you need to know about the nuts and bolts of freelance writing.
Throughout the four-week course, you’ll have the opportunity to submit to a virtual pitch clinic and receive regular feedback from Abigail and your fellow classmates in a private discussion forum.
While there will be plenty of opportunities to work on coronavirus stories, this course has been adapted to reflect the current situation, including advice on:
– Finding freelance journalism opportunities during COVID-19.
– Networking and conducting interviews during social distancing.
– How to pitch virus-related stories when health isn’t your usual remit.
This course is ideal for anyone interested in becoming a freelance journalist, including staff journalists transitioning into freelancing, current freelance journalists looking to refresh their skills, career changers, and recent graduates.
A new freelance journalism module will be released weekly on Journalism.co.uk’s online training platform for learners to complete in their own time. There will be weekly assignments to complete and aspiring freelance journalists should be prepared to dedicate at least three hours per week to the course.
By the end of the course, you’ll have at least four complete pitches to send to editors, built a simple freelance journalist website and – perhaps most importantly -developed your skills, contacts, and confidence.