Diploma in Journalism

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Diploma in Journalism

Online Journalism Course

Looking for a flexible and 100% free online journalism course to support your career development?  Now open for enrolment, this endorsed diploma in journalism is open to anyone pursuing a career in this dynamic field.  Our most advanced digital journalism course examines the hard and soft skills needed to become a successful journalist or reporter.  Suitable for newcomers and experienced learners, our online journalism certificate programs can be taken from any location worldwide – no prior knowledge or experience necessary.  Whether looking to master the art of news writing journalism or interested in a career in watchdog journalism, this endorsed diploma could help you take that next big step.

The aim of this course is to empower learners with the skills and knowledge needed to effectively gather, report, and communicate news and information to a wide audience. It also teaches critical thinking, research, and writing skills that are valuable in a variety of careers, while helping learners develop an understanding of media ethics, legal issues, and the role of the press in a democratic society.  Topics and knowledge areas covered include researching and recording information, writing for the news, the fundamentals of effective editing, a look at online journalism, an introduction to watchdog journalism, and more.  Sign up with eLearning College and start your journalism journey today, or reach out to 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
  • Explain the concept of ‘beat reporting’ and provide examples of several different types of important beats
  • Explain the extent to which online journalism differs from conventional journalism, including its potential advantages and disadvantages
  • Discuss the various sources of information that may be used by digital journalists when searching for information online
  • Understand the benefits and potential limitations of search engines when browsing for information for news stories on the web
  • Provide a detailed definition of watchdog journalism and investigative reporting, while understanding the purpose and significance of each
  • Discuss the most important elements of investigative reporting and know how to conduct an investigative report
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of interviews, along with the different types of interviews conducted to extract information


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 5
Study Method Online
Course Duration 3 Month(s)
Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements.

Start Date Ongoing
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1 year ago

I would like to say thank you, to the director of the E-learning college for granting me the opportunity to study journalism at your college.



1 year ago

Very good course



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