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Diploma in Journalism - Revised 2018

Learn the roles and responsibilities of a professional online or offline journalist with this free journalism course.

Media and Journalism
Free Course
This free online journalism course will be a great boost to your journalism career and help give you the edge over your competition. The course will guide you through the ethical responsibilities and public duties of journalists, how to use facts and opinions to write quality articles, and how to avoid conflicts of interest. It also covers some really helpful information like how to become a journalist and the daily routine of a reporter.
  • Duration

    10-15 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • Responsive






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This journalism course will first teach you about the main types of journalists along with their roles and responsibilities in a newsroom. It will then discuss the main criteria for a news story and how to manage a journalistic workflows. The course will then go through the digital challenges journalists face and will describe digital security principles. It will also explain the use of data in journalism and the responsibilities of a free press in a free society.

Next, you will learn about the rights that are essential in order for journalists to do their jobs well. You will also study the journalism code of ethics, and will be given a strong understanding of how journalism enhances civil society. You will then be shown how to produce investigative journalism to international standards. The history of newspapers and the development of magazines will also be covered, and you will also learn about the impact of the internet and citizen journalists on the news and public debate.

This free course aims to make it easy to learn how to write editorials and feature news stories using idea generation, objectivity, angles, key points, and structure. These lessons will be of great benefit to media professionals, and to any student who would like to learn more about the skills required for working as a professional journalist. So, check out the course today, and bring your journalistic skills to the next level.

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Module 1: Introduction to News & Interviews

Module 2: Writing Features & Editorials

Module 3: Ethics & Media Management

Module 4: Digital Production & Safety

Module 5: Digital Media

Module 6: Digital Resources

Diploma in Journalism - First Assessment

Module 8: Data Journalism

Module 9: Rights & Obligations in Journalism

Module 10: New Media & Journalism

Module 11: Print Journalism

Module 12: Magazines

Module 13: Editors & Journalism

Diploma in Journalism - Second Assessment

Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to: 

  • Describe the different types of journalist.
  • Define the main criteria for a news story.
  • Describe the different workflow's, roles and responsibilities in a newsroom. 
  • Explain the digital challenges facing journalists.
  • Describe digital security principles.
  • Explain the use of data in journalism.
  • Explain the responsibilities of a free press in a free society.
  • Describe what rights are essential in order for journalists to do their jobs.
  • Explain the ethics of journalism.
  • Explain how journalism enhances civil society.
  • Explain how to produce investigative journalism to international standards.
  • Describe the development and evolution of print media.
  • List the different types of editor.


All Alison courses are free to enrol, study and complete. To successfully complete this Diploma course and become an Alison Graduate, you need to achieve 80% or higher in each course assessment. Once you have completed this Diploma course, you have the option to acquire an official Diploma, which is a great way to share your achievement with the world. Your Alison Diploma is:

Ideal for sharing with potential employers - include it in your CV, professional social media profiles and job applications
An indication of your commitment to continuously learn, upskill and achieve high results
An incentive for you to continue empowering yourself through lifelong learning

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