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Essential Skills for Journalism – Online

Our online Essential Skills for Journalism course is the first step on a pathway to the NCTJ – the accredited qualification for Journalists.

Our online course is:

  • Long distance – 12 weeks of  ‘live’ learning (3 months)

  • Flexible – Learn in your own time – specific enrolment dates but complete the work within 6 months.

  • Professional –  Access high-quality video webinars for each module, plus interactive elements such as quizzes, downloadable worksheets and handouts. You will also have access to past papers for NCTJ practice and revision.

  • Focused on digital journalism – You will build a portfolio of published work via our national website for young parents, plus opportunities to publish your work elsewhere

  • Supportive – Live tutor support; available 7 days a week via email, telephone and Facebook.

  • Exclusive – Access to a private Facebook group and live weekly Facebook discussions

Take the first steps on the path to a new career, with Essential Skills for Journalism.

Throughout the course, the aim is to start building a portfolio – minimum outputs include:

  • 1 x personal blog
  • 1 x news story
  • 1 x Q and A feature with a business
  • 1 x feature for Summer 2016 magazine

What does the course cover?

  • Module 0 – Intro to Essential Skills For Journalism
  • Module 1 – The importance of the Audience
  • Module 2 – The basics of News Writing part 1
  • Module 3 – Getting those ideas
  • Module 4 – Finding your feet -Blogging
  • Module 5 – The basics of Interviewing
  • Module 6 – Feature Writing
  • Module 7-  The basics of News Writing part 2
  • Module 8 – Intro to Journalism Law
  • Module 9 – Using Social Media
  • Module 10 -Wordpress Skills

*module order and content subject to change where necessary

At the end of the course, students will receive:

  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Reference and recommendation on Linkedin
  • Help to progress on to accredited courses or career pathways.
  • Ongoing volunteering opportunities as part of the VFTS team

Download the Essential Skills for Journalism Online Handbook Download

Our introductory price for Essential Skills for Journalism – online is just £60 

Enrolment opens the 1st March 2016, with the first course starting on Monday 4th April 2016. There are 20 places per course to ensure our tutors can manage everyone. 

Register your interest to receive further information via email for 2016 courses, or sign up to reserve your place now.

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