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If conducting research, investigative work and writing are a passion of yours, you could be the perfect candidate for a career in journalism. Whether you want to write for print, radio, television or online sources, our online journalism course could fast-track your journey in the media sector and provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed.

The programme has been designed and created alongside experienced journalists, so you can rest assured that the information will be highly engaging, informative and accurate.

Interested to know more? Explore our course breakdown below or enrol now to get started.

  • Course Outline

    When you enrol on our journalism courses online, you will complete the following units of study:

    1The World of Journalism
    • The history of media and the free press
    • The role of new technology
    • The role of the journalist today
    2New Stories
    • How to write a news story
    • The importance of the intro
    • How to find the right angle
    • Developing interviewing techniques
    • How to ask the right questions
    • Preventing the pitfalls
    • What is defamation?
    • What is copyright?
    • The legal pitfalls for today’s journalists
    5TV and Radio
    • The role of radio, TV and the internet
    • How the radio/TV newsroom work
    • Writing your news bulletin
    6Writing Skills
    • Improving your writing
    • What is house style?
    • How to file copy
    7Features and Specialisms
    • How to plan and write a feature
    • How to write a press release
    • The role of the photo-journalist
    • The structure of the courts
    • How to write a safe court story
    • What are inquests?
    9Public Administration
    • The importance of Local and Central Govt
    • What is the role of Europe?
    • Covering council meetings
    10Where To Go From Here
    • CV writing
    • How does freelance work?
  • How Will You Benefit?

    There are many benefits associated with enrolling on our online journalism courses. For example, you will:

    • Advance your career as a journalist
    • Study a course that has been created in conjunction with professional and experienced journalists
    • Avoid commuting to classes and complete the course online from wherever you choose
    • Study at your own pace to finish the course
    • Have access to a personal tutor who can assist you and answer your questions
    • Get a special 10% discount when you pay for the course upfront. Weekly payment plans are also available if you wish to spread the cost interest-free

    Discover the benefits for yourself by signing up for our journalism courses today.

  • Career Prospects

    Journalism can be such a stimulating career path, particularly because you don’t know what you’ll be working on from one month to the next. You could go from writing about politics to international affairs, or entertainment to fashion (depending on which sector you specialise in, of course).

    The role of a journalist is both a necessary and important one, as it’s down to you to deliver critical and significant news to the local and national community. You will likely work alongside editors, designers, press and media officers and other journalists to do so, making many industry connections to help develop your career even further.

    Career opportunities for journalists

    With your journalism diploma, you could go on to work in some of the exciting sectors below:

    • Newspapers (local, national and online)
    • Magazines (consumer or business)
    • Television and broadcasting
    • Radio
    • Publishing
    • Press and public relations (PR)
    • Advertising
    • Book publishers
    • Independent freelance journalist

    You also have the thrilling opportunity to go freelance, writing for your own news site or contracting for a range of media organisations and publications. The beauty of this is you can pick and choose the work you want, declining opportunities that don’t seem suitable for you but accepting the ones that really catch your eye.

    Some of your day-to-day tasks as a journalist might include:

    • Researching and investigating details for a story
    • Attending or conducting interviews
    • Writing engaging articles that present your findings in an interesting way
    • Note-taking, minute-writing or using recording equipment
    • Brainstorming new ideas for a potential story
    • Following up leads
    • Proofreading other articles before they are published
    • Being present at and reporting on important events
  • Course Levels Explained


    Our journalism course results in a Diploma, a qualification that recognises graduates’ capacity for initiative and judgement across a broad range of technical and management functions. Diploma holders typically have personal responsibility and autonomy (semi-independence) in performing technical operations or organizing others in the workplace.

  • Prerequisites

    There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into our journalism course.

    So, if you want to advance your career in journalism, simply enrol today.

  • Course Length

    Students typically complete our journalism course within 24 weeks.

    However, with no deadlines to adhere to and the ability to work at your own pace, this time period is flexible, meaning you’re in control. Activities and assignments can be completed whenever they’re ready, reducing the stress you might feel when you have to finish a piece of work on time.

    If you wish to finish the course quickly, you have the ability to do this, but you can also take up to three years to complete it.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning

    Thanks to distance learning, our journalism course can be completed entirely online. This is also sometimes known as correspondence learning and allows you to work at your chosen pace and adhere to your own personal timetable. It means you can fit the course around other commitments, particularly if you’re working while also trying to develop other skills in your spare time.

    The time that would be spent travelling to and from classes can instead be used to complete the course, so you could finish it faster than another course that requires your physical presence. Should you have any questions while undertaking the course, your personal journalism tutor will be happy to help and guide you through the problem.

  • Recognition & Accreditation

    This course is recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC).

    As with all of our courses, the journalism course is designed to bring a practical approach to teaching, and not just a theoretical one. Thanks to the help of industry professionals, the course is rewarding and will help you fast track your career as a journalist.

  • Already in the Profession or Industry?

    Already a journalist? Our course can help you to advance your existing career. By widening your current knowledge and providing you with the opportunity to learn something new, you could see results reflected in your job performance, potentially helping you to gain a promotion.

    Plus, the course fees can be claimed as a tax deduction if the programme is sufficiently connected to your current work activities.

  • What Do I Get?

    All the materials you need to complete our online journalism course are included in the course fee. Once you enrol, you will receive:

    • All required study materials and course notes
    • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
    • A tutor who will answer all of your course and career questions and provide guidance

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:

    • A graduation certificate officially recognizing your successful completion of studies and qualifications as a journalist
    • Transcripts indicating the units completed
    • A letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
    • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant qualification (for example: John Smith, DipJour)
    • Job search assistance: discover more about our Graduate Career Services Programme
  • Cut Off Date

    Friday, 29th September 2023 is the next enrolment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

    Your enrolment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish.

    Don’t miss out. Enrol today!

Course Investment & Payment Plans

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How do I get started?

Click on one of the Enrol Now buttons above and you could be working on your first journalism lesson in a matter of days!

How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enrol, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrolment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrolment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enrol in a program, simply complete the online enrolment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrolment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrolment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.


Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.