Certificate in Journalism

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Certificate in Journalism

Certificate Course in Journalism

Are you looking to build a successful career in journalism, but don't know where to start? This intermediate Certificate in Journalism could be just the thing.  Our exclusive online journalism courses with certificate options offer a deep dive into the essential skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the journalism industry. From learning how to gather and verify news sources to writing compelling stories that engage and inform your audience, this endorsed journalism and news reporter course covers it all. With our online format, you can study at your own pace and on your own schedule, making it easy to fit into your busy life.  There are no deadlines or time restrictions imposed, and we include all essential study aids and learning resources as standard.

This is an intermediate certificate course in journalism for self-paced home study, delivered over a series of four in-depth modules with online assessments.  Topics and knowledge areas covered include an overview of the journalism profession, how to effectively research and record information, news writing fundamentals, the basics of editing, and more.  Whether starting from scratch or looking to brush up on your existing writing skills, this Certificate in Journalism could help you take that next big step.  Enrol online with eLearning College and get started today, or contact a member of our admissions team anytime for more information.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Discuss the six primary questions that form the basis of journalism
  • Define journalism and understand its main objectives
  • Understand the functions of journalism and the main factors that can influence journalism as both a process and a product
  • Describe the main differences between original and supplementary sources of information for journalists
  • Understand the potential benefits and limitations of different types of information sources in journalism
  • Draw distinctions between information that is accurate and tip-offs that may be misleading or deliberately malicious in nature
  • Draft a new story on the basis of the six most important components of a good news report
  • Explain why the introduction is the most important part of a new story and discuss what a good intro must contain
  • Understand the concept of the inverted pyramid approach to writing new stories and why it is the most common format for hard news reports
  • Discuss the main objectives of editing and explain the main tasks involved in editing a report prior to publishing
  • Understand the eight main principles for good news editing and who takes responsibility for editing journalistic texts
  • Explain the importance of good sentence structure and understand how minor details can make a big difference to how a text is interpreted
  • Understand the main differences between straight news reports and investigative or interpretive reports
  • Discuss how the newsworthiness of a story is determined by several key elements that form the basis of a good news story


At eLearning College, our exclusive elearning programs can be taken from any location, and are offered 100% free of charge.  It costs nothing to enrol, and we include all essential learning resources and study aids as standard.

Our self-paced courses are ideal for anyone looking to build the knowledge and skills needed to improve their career prospects.  Upon completion of your free online course, you will have the opportunity to request one of the following certificates as proof of your new skills:

  1. An official Course Completion Certificate from eLearning College
  2. A CPD Accredited Certificate to boost your CPD profile
  3. An Endorsed Certificate issued by the Quality Licence Scheme

A certificate confirming the successful completion of your course could be just the thing to boost your CV, giving you an edge over rival candidates.  A small fee is payable for each of these certificates, for which more information can be found on our pricing page

However, there is no obligation to claim any of these certificates, and there is nothing to pay to take part in any of our online programs.

For more information on our free online courses or to learn more about the three certificate options above, contact a member of the team at eLearning College today.

Course Info
Course Level Level 3
Study Method Online
Course Duration 3 Month(s)
Entry Requirements

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