This freelance journalism course was published by Joseph Morris, founder of the British College of Journalism off the back of more than 30 years experience in writing and publishing.
Mr Morris commenced his career as a cadet journalist and newspaper reporter before becoming a feature writer. He later published two weekly newspapers, one covering general sport and one for children. Mr Morris has also written a series of newsletters including On Assignment, a newsletter for travel writers and Briefing, a monthly newsletter for the media. Morris has also worked in radio and television, for United Press International (UPI) and as an international correspondent.
Apart from his intimate knowledge of professional writing, Morris had the ability to impart this knowledge. He launched the British College of Journalism in the United Kingdom and the Morris Journalism Academy in Australia in the early 2000’s. An acknowledged expert in media training via distance learning, he successfully trained students in more than 80 countries and territories. The British College of Journalism was launched in 2007 and has assisted countless graduates to success.
On the craft of freelance journalism, Mr. Morris always said: “Freelance writers are not born, they are taught. And, the simple truth is, it’s not that difficult.
“Competent freelance material is always in demand. If you can provide well-written material on any subject, provided it has a new or interesting angle, readers will want to share your information and editors will want to buy what you have.”
Judy Yorke has been a journalist for more than 20 years. She has worked both on staff and as a freelancer, and has an enormous amount of experience across many sectors.
Judy worked earlier as a business journalist before moving to a feature agency supplying regional newspapers. She then switched to consumer magazines where she held senior staff positions including features editor of Woman and assistant features editor of Good Housekeeping. An important part of Judy’s work in both these roles was editing staff and freelancer copy in order to turn it into publishable material.
As a freelance journalist, Judy has worked for, among others, Fabulous, Closer, Prima, Essentials, Women’s Own, Love It, and Real People. At the time of writing Judy also a weekly contributor to the Daily Mirror.
The primary writer for this course is Carl Hammerschmidt. Carl worked in publishing for more than 20 years. During that time he has edited national publications and worked extensively as a freelance writer.
Carl has worked as feature writer, features editor and editor on a diverse range of international magazines including Hot Metal, Sports Monthly, MAX, Ralph, Inside Sport and Men’s Style. He has also worked as Executive Producer of SBS’s Digital Media division, and is currently the Director of Bauer Media Group’s digital division. In this role for one of the world’s biggest magazine publishers, he oversees the websites for magazines such as Cosmopolitan, FHM, Harper’s Bazaar and NW for Bauer Media Group.
Although Carl’s recent focus has been in cutting edge new media, Carl still believes that there is no better medium than the written word and effective journalism, and no matter what channel it is delivered through – print or online – it is still the most powerful communication tool when done well.
The British College of Journalism has recruited many highly-regarded freelance writers, journalists and editors, who work in specialised areas of journalism, to assist you throughout your course. Their skills and experience, covering all publishing genres, provide you with an intimate knowledge of how to write just about anything, for anyone.
These journalists, authors and editors include: