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Advanced Diploma In Journalism

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Advanced Diploma In Journalism

Advanced Diploma in Journalism course online. Become a successful journalist. Being paid to write is a dream shared by many because journalism is a challenging and exciting profession. Writing well under pressure and writing to a Newspaper's requirements is very important. This course will teach you the skills you need to achieve your potential, but you will also need to be able to write fast under pressure.

Journalists are primarily writers who are writing for periodicals (ie. things published at regular intervals). Some journalists work on staff for a publisher (full time or part time) from the publishers office, while others may work freelance or contract from home, submitting articles which have been commissioned, or on spec (ie. in the hope they will be accepted).

A good way to begin your career in journalism is as a freelance writer. With persistence and the right writing skills, you can develop a reputation and network of publishers who will regulary accept your work, leading to you being able to earn a comfortable living from your writing, or to gaining employment in the industry.

As an in house journalist, you may find yourself performing a range of other jobs in the office where you work, particularly in smaller publishing houses. So additional skills in: editing and other media delivery disciplines may be worth considering.

Journalism requires a modern approach and so you may find some accredited courses reliance on learning by rote, not really up to the task in preparing you for future journalistic practices (1). This Advanced Diploma and our Higher Advanced Diploma with 4 additional modules to e completed, have been carefully designed to give you a fighting chance of being successful in a highly competitive industry.

This Advanced Diploma in Journalism is endorsed by TQUK -  an Ofqual approved awarding organisation.




Advanced Diploma in Journalism: VWR003

There are 8 modules to complete: 6 compulsory and 2 elective:

Compulsory Modules: Higher Advanced Diploma in Journalism: VWR003

Journalism Practice I

  • Gain practical journalism experience. Develop your ability to write articles to specification and submit those articles for publication in a periodical (ie. Newspaper, Magazine or Ezine). By the end of this course, you will actually have something published. More....

Journalism Practice II

  • Expand your practical journalism opportunities. Like Journalism Practice 1, this module gives you valuable experience in writing for a student publication, which will greatly enhance your resume. Publishers are more likely to employ writers who have already been published. More....

Creative Writing

  • If you love writing and want to improve your skills, network with other writers, and get personal guidance, then, this course is for you. Tutors are exceptionally well qualified, with university degrees and more than five years experience in writing and publishing. More....

Efficient Writing

  • Learn to write effectively. This course is particularly useful for people who wish to brush up on their writing skills, or to obtain basic skills which they should have, but did not develop properly while at school. It aims to provide an understanding of how to write clearly and efficiently, and to communicate thoughts in the minimum number of words, and without any ambiguity. More....

Freelance Writing

  • Understand how to write as a freelancer and how publishers buy from freelance writers. Learn everything from good grammar, to planning and writing newspaper and magazine articles, advertisements, books and more. Emphasis is placed on things which are important to publishers who might buy your work. Tutors concentrate on your ability to properly structure an article, and to be both concise and clear in your use of words. More....

Research Project I

  • Study Research online and learn to plan and conduct research relating to Journalism. Develop your ability to collect, collate and interpret data and prepare reports in ways relevant to the work environment. Monitor and evaluate your own work in order to develop a responsible attitude to workplace performance and quality assurance. Learn to explain research methods, including experimental techniques, commonly used in your discipline. More....

Elective Modules: Advanced Diploma in Journalism: VWR003 - Choose 2

Advanced Freelance Writing

  • Enhance your freelance writing skills! This is a course for people who already have skills in freelance writing, who have perhaps had some minor work published, but need to improve their overall technique and develop a more "efficient" approach to their work. More....

Biographical Writing

  • A biography is neither a diary nor a journal. It's more than a collection of ‘she did this’ and ‘he did that’. Although biographies are writing about life, it's more useful to think of them as a collection of writings about life events. i.e. What are the key events in your subject's life? How do these tie around a central theme or purpose? More....

Dramatic Writing

  • Write drama like a professional! There are many different types of writing – short stories, poems, novels, screen plays etc. Dramatic writing can fall into all of these. A short story usually takes place over a shorter period of time. Choose this course if you would like to report on the theatre or movies etc, to convey the excitement of the play or film to your audience. More....

Editing I

  • Learn the basics of editing Editors work for publications both in house, and outside, as contractors. A good editor is always in demand; and with the internet, today's editors can often work from virtually anywhere in the world. Alone, this course does not make you into a professional editor, but it can lead to valuable career opportunities when combined with other courses that develop your knowledge and skills in journalism. More....

Editing II

  • Develop your editing skills. This course is designed for self-editors, aspiring professional editors and desktop publishers. Its aim is to develop the students understanding of the editing processes and acquire the capacity to edit a broad range of publishing material including both print and electronic media, text and graphics, commercial and non commercial material. More....

Technical Writing

  • Learn to write successfully in your specialist area. Develop skills to write technical information for a variety of different purposes. Students taking this course should have a basic understanding of technical writing including referencing procedures. If the subject is totally new, you may need to undertake some additional reading before progressing beyond the first lesson. More....

Industry Project

  • If you work in the industry that you have been studying; you may submit a reference from your employer, in an effort to satisfy this industry (ie. workplace project) requirement; on the basis of RPL (ie. recognition for prior learning.) This can be achieved through your current and past work experience. The reference must indicate that you have skills and an awareness of your industry, which is sufficient for you to work in a position of responsibility. If you do not work in the relevant industry, you will need to undertake a project. More....

(1) Source: Guardian Newspaper Editorial  Read More....

Being paid to write things is a dream shared by many. It can be an exciting profession, but before embarking on a substantial course of study whit us or anyone else; be sure you fully understand what is involved. Some people simply don't succeed perhaps because the dream is not the same as the reality; or maybe they are simply not the right personality. This job is not just about writing well: it also requires you to be able to write fast, work under pressure. You also need to be prepared to write what an employer wants, which is not always the same as what you want. This is the reality of journalism. If you can get past these considerations, and with a bit of luck, you may be able to forge a serious career.

Course Info
Course StartAnytime, Anywhere
Course Hours800
Recognised Issuing BodyTraining Qualifications UK (TQUK) - An Ofqual Awarding Organisation. Qualification will be issued by TQUK
Course CodeVWR003
Course PrerequisiteNo, start at anytime
Course QualificationAdvanced Diploma in Journalism
Exam Required?Finalised with an exam/test
Study SupportYou'll be allocated your own personal tutor/mentor who will support and mentor you throughout your whole course. Our tutors/mentors have been specifically chosen for their business expertise, qualifications and must be active within their industry. Tutors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through our Moodle Student Support Zone online. Tutors are there to provide assistance with course material, discuss, explain and give advice and support throughout the whole programme. Their feedback is vital to your success.



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