About Our Journalism Course

The Professional Freelance Journalism Course, provided by the Morris Journalism Academy is your first step to becoming a successful freelance writer.

This course is designed to accomplish three things:

  • To equip you with the knowledge and skills required to become a freelance journalist either as a full or part-time career, or as a profitable sideline.
  • To teach you how to write a feature article, pitch your ideas and see your work published. This will provide you with a valuable portfolio of published material, knowledge and skills to assist with gaining entry-level employment as a journalist in mainstream media.
  • To develop more general writing skills, so you can achieve success in other areas such as PR (public relations) and marketing, or writing a blog.

There is a big secret to freelance journalism for profit: finding success as a freelance journalist isn’t that difficult. Here’s another secret: the business of freelance journalism is not necessarily about award-winning writing, it’s about competent writing. Thousands of newspapers and magazines are constantly on the lookout for competent material. Note we say “competent” – they are not looking for literary masterpieces.

Australians are among the biggest purchasers and consumers of newspapers and magazines in the world. For anyone planning to become a freelance journalist, this is the best news you will ever read.

There are an estimated 4,500 magazine titles alone available in Australia. This does not take into account metropolitan newspapers, regional newspapers, community newspapers, corporate publications, websites and a host of other possible markets for the freelance journalist.

The Professional Freelance Journalism Course teaches you every trick of the trade to write for these markets. At the end of this course you will have the knowledge and skills to write for anyone, on any subject and be paid for your writing effort.

Let us show you how.

What you will learn

With guidance from your specially assigned tutor, this course is focused on developing your article writing skills. Through the course, we will show you how to tap into your already existing areas of interest or knowledge to produce quality work, ready to be published. To reach this point, we will help you develop skills such as:

  • Coming up with ideas
  • Finding a market
  • Deciding on your story angle
  • Presenting and selling your idea
  • Researching your idea
  • Interviewing
  • Drafting
  • Writing with structure
  • Editing
  • Submitting your copy
  • Seeking payment
  • Maintaining discipline

Course structure

The Professional Freelance Journalism Course is delivered by distance learning or correspondence as it is sometimes called. You may elect to have your tutorials delivered to you via email or post. The course is strongly supported by email and, for questions that can’t wait, telephone support is also provided by our student services coordinators.

The Professional Freelance Journalism Course consists of 12 tutorials, delivered weekly or fortnightly, over 12 or 24 weeks. During this time you will be tutored in all aspects of journalism by a team of Australia’s most experienced journalists and editors. This vast wealth of accumulated knowledge is provided to you together with the ways to apply this knowledge to the areas of journalism that most interest you.

We also understand about time constraints. Hence, your course is self-paced and, if you wish, you may take longer than 12 or 24 weeks to complete it. If necessary, you may take up to a year to finish your course of studies.