Why choose this course?
Develop skills in freelance writing, programming a web site and a broad understanding of the modern publishing industry. The publishing industry has changed greatly over recent decades, embracing IT not only for writing, but also production and increasingly for publishing. This is a very good course for anyone seeking a start in today's publishing industry. Most of the writing now a days is done on the computers even if it is for print.

Career Opportunities
It is a must course for writers, Journalists, freelance writers and anyone interested in writing for the web.

Make a Career in Digital Journalism

While print media may always be with us; digital publishing has become the growth area in journalism, and for anyone who wants to forge a career in journalism today; digital simply cannot be ignored.

This course provides a broad foundation across, as well as a range of important specific skills that are in demand and likely to remain in demand, within the digital publishing industry.


This course involves six modules as outlined below. Ask if you require more detail.

Writing a Web Site (HTML)

  • Introduction to the Internet and HTML
  • The most important HTML Tags
  • Simplification through HTML Construction Software
  • Creating Links
  • Loading a Site onto the Internet
  • Adding Graphics
  • Designing a Web Site that Works
  • Advanced Features

Digital Photography

  • Introduction To Digital Technology How images are captured and stored, categories of equipment & software, scope of applications
  • Equipment
  • Digital Technology - Colour, resolution, sensors
  • Digital Cameras
  • Taking Photographs
  • Scanners
  • Uploading Images
  • The Digital Darkroom
  • Compositing & Imaging - Production & manipulation of images
  • Special Effects
  • Outputs & Applications- Printers, The Internet

Freelance Journalism

  • Introduction
  • Basic Writing Skills
  • The Publishing World
  • Manuscripts
  • Planning
  • Newspaper Writing
  • Magazine Writing
  • Writing books
  • Writing advertising
  • Special project

Advanced Writing Skills

  • Writing Themes
  • Writing a Regular Column
  • Educational Writing
  • Scientific Writing
  • Writing a Biographical Story
  • Writing a News Article
  • Fiction Writing
  • Other Writing.

Introduction to Publishing

  • Nature and Scope of the Publishing world
  • Desktop Publishing A
  • Desktop Publishing B
  • Illustration: Graphics
  • Illustration: Photography
  • Research Skills : Market Research, researching an article, etc
  • Marketing of Publications
  • Ethics & the law in publishing
  • Developing a publishing project


This module will expand on website database development techniques and more using Microsofts ASP.NET technology.

When You Write Can be as Important as What You Write

Adapting to change always needs to be timed properly. If you write for a new market before it is ready to take your work, you can end up doing a lot of work that you do not get reimbursed for. You also face the danger of producing material which is out of date by the time the market is ready to publish.  If you wait too long though, you can miss opportunities. 
For example, if you write a non-fiction eBook in 2011 when only 2% of books that are selling are eBooks, you potentially only have 2% of the income which you may have received from a printed book which is accounting for 98% of book sales. If you wait until 2020 to write the same eBook; the market may have changed to look like this: 95% of book sales are eBooks. By this stage there are potentially hundreds of eBooks available on the subject you are writing about.

By writing at the start of the eBook revolution, a writer might have been the only person with an eBook on that topic, but you might not earn sufficient income from it, to make writing it worthwhile.  On the other hand, your book could corner a niche market and become a classic in that area.  It is very hard to predict the best time to write on any subject.  When J. K. Rowling started writing about Harry Potter, she may not have considered if this was the best time for writing about a boy wizard. She may just have had an idea and then simply written the books. She was very successful and as sales for the books increased, she knew there was potential for that type of story and continued to write more and more books. The market dictated her production. 

Writers are creative. They want to write.  They have ideas. They may also want their work to be published, so it is about finding the right idea at the right time and judging who the best publisher for your writing is. 

The most successful writer is not always the one who produces the best work. Success can also have a lot to do with producing the right work, in the right format, and at the best point in time.


Technology Keeps Changing; and with every advance in relevant technology; new possibilities seem to arise for writing and journalism. The people who are technologically skilled and most aware of change, are often the ones who are best placed to take advantage of new opportunities before anyone else.

 If you want a career in digital journalism, it is important you recognise the importance of being primed and ready for change!