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Seeking advice on training courses

Discussion in 'Journalism Forum' started by Jessica Houghton, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Hi,

    This is my first post; I am in the early stages of researching an online course in Freelance Journalism.

    I understand that I need to go through a practical training, having no particular background in the area apart from the odd freelance publication when I was younger. The two options that leap out from an internet search are "The London School of Journalism" and "The British College of Journalism". The latter offers guaranteed, fast results regarding paid work and places joyful emphasis on the independent aspect of being a freelance journalist. However, I see that the LSJ, as well as taking longer to complete, makes fewer promises and presents freelance journalism as more of a complex, institutional profession. It also carries suggested emphasis on literary criticism, which appeals to my academic side.

    I have intellectual as well as popular interests and a writing style to match; I'm keen to take up freelance journalism as a part-time pursuit, but in the long term. On line/distance learning is really the only option for me. Can someone advise me on how these courses compare, or indeed make any other suggestions?

    Grateful for any help,

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  3. Drewsh

    Drewsh New Member

    Jess I am currently in this position now, researching online courses. Can I ask what you ended up doing?
  4. Tamas Denes

    Tamas Denes New Member

    Hi Jessica,
    I completed a Freelance Journalism course with The British College Of Journalism in 2014. I was new to journalism (still am), so I needed an introduction and they gave me that, and not much more. In short I think it gives you a good general insight into the world of freelancers and some useful how-tos. Tutors are helpful and they make you work a bit, that is all. No miracle stuff, but its an online course after all. Personaly I am at the stage where I need to put more effort into getting published, a distance course was a good start, but by no means enough.
    I hope it is useful. Good luck!
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