The Professional Freelance Journalism Course is provided by the Morris Journalism Academy and is designed to accomplish three things:
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This course will give you the opportunity to learn the skills required to be a successful freelance journalist from the comfort of your own home, or from anywhere in the world!
Work directly with an established and current professional freelance journalist with a proven record of success who will teach you all you need to know.
The course is conducted by distance learning and delivered to you over your choice of 12 or 24 weeks. It is entirely self-paced, and you can take up to a year to complete the course.
As a student with life, business, and professional experience, I was fortunate to find the Morris Journalism Academy via an Internet search because it was just what I was looking for. That is, a self paced, online, freelance journalism course rich in content and practical advice from the experts – those who had “been there and done that”.Read more
As I was studying it was like the words were falling off the pages and becoming a reality, pretty much everything the course said came true.Read more
This freelance journalism course not only helped to dispel the notion that writing is only for “professionals” or “experts”, it provided me with the essential tools to start building my portfolio. I even managed to get my first piece published before I finished the course!Read more
Now, I have a portfolio of work featured in several different publications – one of my humour pieces even made it to the Huffington Post’s front page. I’ve built great relationships with editors, which has led to a steady stream of commissions.Read more
Before you know it, you start to think and talk like a journalist. You find yourself seeing stories and ideas everywhere and using terminology like ‘angles’, ‘hook’ and ‘word count’.Read more
I have successfully been published twice in The Moroccan Times newspaper during the course of my studies. My goal is to continue to write and publish travel and life style articles. I would highly recommend the course to any budding journalist.Read more
Thanks to the Morris Academy of Journalism, I built up the confidence, and practical skills, I was lacking, to actually get published… and not just once, but several times!Read more
I became interested in the Professional Freelance Journalism Course to become a better writer as I constantly write reports and papers as part of my current career as a food service design consultant.Read more
Since finishing the course with Morris Journalism Academy (MJA) my motto has become ‘live life and write about it.'Read more
The Professional Freelance Journalism Course provided by the Morris Journalism Academy equipped me with many of the skills I use on a daily basis as a TV Presenter. It also supplied me with the knowledge of how to effectively apply them.Read more
The Morris Journalism Academy is a division of Australian News And Features Service. Our directors and principals have been involved in all aspects of media work for some 30 years. The principles of freelance journalism are similar the world over. However this freelance journalism course has been individually revised and designed to suit the needs of students living and working in Australia and New Zealand.
We are part of an international media-training organisation – International News Syndicate LTD., with students in more than 80 countries and territories.
Your Certificate of Completion and your International News Syndicate Media Pass are posted to you when you successfully complete your course.
The Professional Freelance Journalism Course is a structured training program.
You are your own boss. As a freelance writer you’ll enjoy an independence rarely experienced in other professions.
Your source material is endless.
You can work from home. Your costs are minuscule. Your only essential tool is your home PC.
For every article you write, you will learn at least one new fact.
For every article you write, you will meet at least one new person.
A hobby can become a career. You can turn any interest you have into profit by being published, and published regularly. Whether it be a sport, craft, hobby or professional experience, readers and editors wish to share your knowledge. If you have a passion for travel, adventure, show business, the arts, health and fitness, food or finance, you can turn this into a money-making pursuit. Similarly if you have a professional skill, readers would like to hear from you.
Your hours are flexible. Freelance writing is something you can do part-time. Unless you are out ‘on assignment’, you can work from home, at the times that best suit you.
You can specialise in your passions.
There is no such thing as a ‘typical’ freelance writer. In fact, many freelance writers didn’t set out deliberately on this path. Instead, they entered the industry because they felt they had something to say – usually about a subject for which they have a passion. School teachers, trades people, nurses, secretaries, business people, IT specialists: competent freelance writers come from all fields.
Part-time freelance writing is a path to full-time employment as a full-time freelance or staff journalist. If you are looking for employment in the media industry the first question any editor will ask is: “What have you had published previously?”. This is your most important qualification. Freelance writing quickly builds your all-important portfolio of published material which can serve as a stepping-stone into mainstream media.