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How to Become a Freelance Journalist

How to Become a Freelance Journalist

London College of Communication
Taught by
Tony Padman, A respected industry expert


There’s never been a better time to be a freelance journalist. With thousands of different newspapers and magazines published in Britain every year, this short course will teach you the skills to become part of that, and help you to learn how to become a freelance journalist. From coming up with story ideas, to writing, editing and how to sell your stories to an editor – everything is covered.  The course also includes advice and guidance on staying within the law, getting paid and understanding your self-employed status with the Inland Revenue.

Topics covered

  • What it means to be a freelance journalist
  • How do you start
  • How to write news
  • How to pitch and write features
  • What is the market for your news and features
  • How do you contact editors
  • How to stay within the law
  • How the tax system works for freelance journalists

Course outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Understand how to begin as a freelance journalist
  • Write news and features
  • Contact editors to sell in their stories
  • Understand why journalists must stay within the law

Who should attend

Those looking for a career change, people who want to begin a career in journalism and those who would like to try journalism alongside something else.

Follow up courses

After you have completed this course you may want to go on and develop your writing skills with Interviewing for News and Features and Effective Writing for Journalists.

Tutor Description

Tony Padman has been a journalist for local, regional, European and national newspapers since 1999. After spending five years in news, he moved to features specializing in stories on health, religion, sport and education. He now concentrates on entertainment journalism for the national newspapers.

This course will be taught by a respected industry expert.

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