बुधवार, 28 सितंबर 2011

Freelance Journalism

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Freelance Journalism
Advanced Freelance Journalism
Diploma FJ12B, Diploma FJA18B Advanced
Journalism, Media & Photography

With this course program you can undertake the Freelance Journalism Course (12 modules) then undertake the Advanced Freelance Journalism Course (6 modules)

The aim of these courses is to develop your knowledge and skills to the level of paid freelance journalist.

Freelance journalists usually work from home writing articles and features that are sold to newspapers and magazines around the world. It’s an exciting field packed with variety, challenge and it's also a career that offers interesting perks and substantial rewards.

"One of the things I love about news reporting is that every day is a brand new day."

- Sandra Sully, presenter, Ten Late Night News

Your Freelance Journalism Course will will start you on the pathway of becoming a successful freelance journalist. Through the course you will learn about mainstream journalism (news journalism, rounds reporting, ethical reporting, etc;.) the lucrative area of applied journalism, the art of professional interviewing, article writing, feature writing, column writing, writing entertainment reviews and more. When you progress to the Advanced Freelance Journalism Course you will expand your skills to news reporting under pressure and photojournalism, and you will start tackling some 'live' reporting through The Virtual Newsroom.

With the support of your tutor (a newspaper editor who works in the industry running a busy newspaper), you will learn the essential components of coming up with story ideas, structuring your story in the way that editors want, writing the story from headline to tail and you will acquire advanced skills in how to present your work for editors.

This is one of the most comprehensive correspondence courses available in Freelance Journalism. Through progressive learning and practical activities you will learn to write winning articles in the areas of fashion, travel, news and current affairs, general interest, health and fitness, women's and men's topics, and more.

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You will learn the keys to writing good articles that editors want to buy and you will learn how to working with the five fundamental questions every journalist must know to get their stories published. Also, in this Course you will learn about the value of selling and re-selling your articles and how syndication works. With this aim in mind, you will gain invaluable skills in how to profit from freelance journalism.

Career opportunities include: Freelance Journalist, Columnist, Feature Writer, News Reporter, Freelance Writer, Foreign Correspondent, Sub-editor, Researcher.

Industries include: newspaper/magazine publishing, television/media, corporate/government.

Journalists write and edit news reports, commentaries and features for newspapers, magazines and for radio or television stations. Most journalists are expected to be 'generalists', that is, able to cover almost any topic of interest. Journalists who work for large commercial organisations and government departments may also prepare annual reports and media releases. A journalist may perform the following tasks:
  • gather news and information by interviewing people and attending events
  • undertake research to provide background information for articles
  • assess the suitability of reports and articles for publication or broadcasting, within an established style and format, and edit as necessary
  • write articles that comment on or interpret news events, and that may put forward a point of view on behalf of the publication/broadcasting agency
  • comment on television/radio (in the broadcasting industry)
  • liaise with all sorts of people, particularly those in the media business.

Journalists usually start as in-house cadets or freelancers and report routine events and general interest stories. All journalists are required to understand the laws of defamation, contempt and copyright. They may have to work irregular hours and often need to complete work to meet publication or broadcasting deadlines. Travel is sometimes a necessary part of the work. After learning the ropes, a journalist may specialise as a:
  • News Reporter: reports on day-to-day news events (e.g. crime, education, health, sport, business)
  • Columnist: writes a regular section within their particular interest category (e.g. home decorating, beauty, fashion, politics).
  • Feature Writer: writes in-depth stories on specific news and general interest topics (often with accompanying photos taken by a photojournalist).
  • Foreign Correspondent: a reporter who is located overseas and writes stories on international affairs.
  • Rounds Reporter: reports on information provided by sources such as police, courts and hospitals.
  • Commentator, reviewer or critic: evaluating anything from sports, films and restaurants to art exhibitions, travel destinations and consumer goods.
  • Sub-editor: edit and proofread articles submitted by journalists and check for errors, inconsistencies and readability.
  • Researcher: work in print media or broadcasting and develop story ideas for programs or publication, as well as undertaking background research on all sorts of topics.
Course Information
This course has been developed to meet the requirements of freelance journalists working on assignment for a range of newspapers with some broadcasting elements. It is packed with practical activities and you will have real articles and features to write and submit to newspaper editors. In addition, you can access the online activities in the eLearning Centre to further practise and test your knowledge and skills. And you can talk with other students from all over the country in the Student Forum.

Your course is made up of tutorial workbooks (lessons), assignment projects and printed/online supplements. You have up to 5 years to complete your course and graduate or Fast Track your course over weeks or months.
When you successfully complete your course you will be awarded:

Diploma of Journalism (Freelance Journalism)

and if you complete the advanced level:
Diploma of Journalism (Advanced Freelance Journalism)

plus on your award and transcript:

The ACQ Diploma of Freelance Journalism and Diploma of Advanced Freelance Journalism are formally recognised by Central Queensland University (CQU). With successful completion you can apply for entry into and have some advanced standing in CQU degrees, including Bachelor of Arts (Journalism). These programs can be completed from home in distance mode. If accepted into a CQU program you will be exempted from two first year units:
JOUR11005 Introduction to Journalism
JOUR11006 News Writing and Reporting
This statement will appear on your Transcripts and the CQU logo will appear on your Diploma.

View the subjects on the CQU Handbook Freelance Journalism Course

Freelance Journalism:

Tutorial 1. The World of Journalism
Topic 1: An introduction to freelance journalism
Topic 2: The journalist's role
Topic 3: Careers in journalism
Topic 4: A brief history of journalism
Topic 5: Inside a newspaper
Topic 6: Working as a freelance journalist
Topic 7: The journalist's toolkit
Topic 8: Writing a journalism article
Topic 9: Getting started—space fillers

Tutorial 2. News Reporting 1A
Topic 1: What you need to succeed as a freelance news journalist
Topic 2: Article structure: the inverted pyramid
Topic 3: Writing the lead
Topic 4: Writing the body
Topic 5: Writing the tail
Topic 6: Writing for the media
Topic 7: How an editor assesses your article

Tutorial 3. Freelance Journalism Essentials: Responsible Journalism
Topic 1: Reporting the news
Topic 2: Responsible journalism
Topic 3: Journalist's equipment
Topic 4: Accounts and stationery
Topic 5: Tutorial summary

Tutorial 4. Writing as a Freelance Journalist
Topic 1: Selling yourself and your work
Topic 2: How to lay out your articles
Topic 3: Notes from an editor
Topic 4: A basic freelance contract
Topic 5: Tutorial summary

Tutorial 5. News Reporting 1B
Topic 1: Beginnings, middles and endings
Topic 2: Angles and hooks
Topic 3: Reporting quotes
Topic 4: Reporting media events
Topic 5: Writing tense
Topic 6: Tutorial summary

Tutorial 6. Research, Statistics and the Internet
Topic 1: Research and information sources
Topic 2: The Internet
Topic 3: External research resources
Topic 4: Accessing 'official' information
Topic 5: Tutorial summary

Tutorial 7. Journalism Interviews

Topic 1: Good interviewing
Topic 2: Interviews and profile articles
Topic 3: Setting up the interview
Topic 4: Observation, reporting and interview strategies
Topic 5: Interview quotes
Topic 6: Doing a TV interview
Topic 7: The art of the interview
Topic 8: Tutorial summary

Tutorial 8. Writing Style
Topic 1: Using newspaper style
Topic 2: Writing techniques
Topic 3: House style—journalistic rules and conventions
Topic 4: News Limited Style
Topic 5: Names and honorifics
Topic 6: Modifiers and clichs
Topic 7: Punctuation, spelling and grammar
Topic 8: Trade terminology and journalistic jargon
Topic 9: Ten tips for good writing

Tutorial 9. Newspaper Writing and Sub-Editing
Topic 1: A journalist's way with words
Topic 2: Working with the sub-editor
Topic 3: Newspaper language
Topic 4: Writing headlines
Topic 5: Writing editorial
Topic 6: Tutorial summary

Tutorial 10. Media Law and Ethics
Topic 1: Defamation
Topic 2: Confidentiality—a mixture of ethics and law
Topic 3: The law and court reporting
Topic 4: Copyright
Topic 5: Ethics and courtesy count, too
Topic 6: Tutorial summary

Tutorial 11. Feature Writing
Topic 1: FreelancIng for the mainstream media
Topic 2: Six mainstream journalism areas
Topic 3: Feature writing
Topic 4: Researching a feature story
Topic 5: Writing a feature story
Topic 6: Reviewing a feature story
Topic 7: Tutorial summary

Tutorial 12. Writing Columns and Reviews
Topic 1: A column of your own
Topic 2: Writing for specialist publications
Topic 3: Writing reviews
Topic 4: Writing arts and entertainment reviews
Topic 5: Writing a music review
Topic 6: Sports writing
Topic 7: Travel writing
Topic 8: Your contacts book
Topic 9: Tutorial summary

Advanced Freelance Journalism:
Tutorial 13. Applied Journalism and Multi-media
Topic 1: The role of applied journalism
Topic 2: Writing press releases and public relations pieces
Topic 3: Writing a ‘people’ piece
Topic 4: Writing editorials
Topic 5: Writing content for the web
Topic 6: The virtual newsroom: your news desk free facts pack
Topic 7: Producing copy under pressure

Tutorial 14. Choosing Assignments

Topic 1: Newspaper versus magazine writing
Topic 2: Writing for magazines
Topic 3: Choosing the right magazine
Topic 4: What magazine publisher’s want
Topic 5: Choosing your assignments
Topic 6: Domestic versus international markets

Tutorial 15. Broadcast Journalism: Television and Radio

Topic 1: The electronic media market
Topic 2: Journalism in broadcasting
Topic 3: Reporting for television and radio
Topic 4: Television and radio writing techniques
Topic 5: Television and radio presenting techniques
Topic 6: Techniques for writing scripts and speeches

Tutorial 16. Photojournalism and Specialisms
Topic 1: The journalist and the photographer
Topic 2: Behind photojournalism
Topic 3: Photojournalism basics
Topic 4: Photography techniques
Topic 5: Getting into photojournalism
Topic 6: Writing for specialised markets
Topic 7: The trail of the ‘Paparazzi’

Tutorial 17. Professional Freelancing
Topic 1: How professionals get work
Topic 2: How professionals handle rejections
Topic 3: Building relationships with editors and sub-editors
Topic 4: The final edit
Topic 5: Earning an income from freelance journalism
Topic 6: Negotiating rates and contracts

Tutorial 18. On Assignment
Topic 1: Three elements of freelance success
Topic 2: What to take with you on assignment
Topic 3: Managing your assignments
Topic 4: Other sources of income
Topic 5: Building your freelance journalism business
Topic 6: Your future as a freelance journalist
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