The Freelance Journalism for Magazines and Webzines Course

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Freelance Journalism for Magazines and Webzines Course


Freelance Journalism for Magazines and Webzines Course

Become a Freelance Journalist in the Gig Economy

A fast, effective way to learn how to write and sell articles for print and web publications

The Freelance Journalism for Magazines and Webzines Course trains you to write engaging, well-researched articles. The Era of the Freelancer has arrived, a time when you can write from home for a dozen different clients all over the globe.

You will, however, need a new set of skills for this exciting career. To succeed as a magazine freelancer, you have to be versatile, able to write a feel-good feature one day and make sense of a scientific paper the next. You will have to produce work that ranges from long-form to short-form, from blog material to print journal articles. Our Freelance Journalism Course teaches you how to write articles for a range of print and web publications.

You’ll learn how to come up with ideas that sell, how to approach editors, the secrets of a good interview, how to craft your story from beginning to end, and how to run your freelance agency successfully.

The Freelance Journalism for Magazines and Webzines Course Gives You...

Expert, Individual Feedback

Get prompt, honest, detailed feedback on every assignment from an award-winning writer. We focus on your unique writing strengths.

No Peer Reviews!

You will only be assessed by your tutor, a leader in their field. No more guessing and wondering how to write; you'll be guided line by line.

No Automated Marking

We use traditional methods of assessing work, as editors at publishing houses would. No generic feedback!

A Flexible Schedule

Work wherever and whenever you want to. You can easily fit our courses around work and other commitments.

Relevant, Usable Content

Easy-to-digest course notes that capture a lifetime of writing experience, ready for you to apply to your own writing.

Ongoing Assessment

Your writing is assessed continuously as your course progresses.

Make Your Articles Stand Out Using Great Writing Skills

A smart way to jump-start your journalism career

Over 11 modules, you will be tutored by a highly skilled journalist who is not only teaching his/her craft but also working in the field.

With 300 pages of course notes and 20 writing exercises, this course addresses all the questions that beginner journalists have, helps you avoid the pitfalls of freelance writing, and teaches you how to hone your writing style.

Walk away with two full-length, publishable articles.

Make Your Articles Stand Out Using Great Writing Skills

A smart way to jump-start your journalism career

Over 11 modules, you will be tutored by a highly skilled journalist who is not only teaching his/her craft but also working in the field.

With 300 pages of course notes and 20 writing exercises, this course addresses all the questions that beginner journalists have, helps you avoid the pitfalls of freelance writing, and teaches you how to hone your writing style.

Walk away with two full-length, publishable articles.

'A very worthwhile experience which I have benefited from immensely. Very relevant and a must for anyone hoping to break into the industry.'

Ian Middleton, Freelance Journalism Course

Course Overview

Start your course at any time – applications open all year round.


Price includes GST



The assignments vary in length.



These modules include around 300 pages of course notes.



Work at your own pace – up to a maximum of 12 months.


Working with an individual tutor means you can start the course at any time.


Basic writing skills are essential. Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required. No previous tertiary qualification required.

Our Graduate Students' Successes

We are proud of our graduates who have achieved success. Here are a few among dozens of other journalism
success stories.

Sarah Lang tutor at NZ Writers College freelance journalism course

Tutors for this course

You may choose a tutor with whom you would like to work.

Sarah Lang

An award-winning feature writer, Sarah Lang began her career on staff at North & South magazine, and has freelanced for around 20 publications. Formerly books editor for North & South magazine and TV reviewer for the Herald on Sunday, she writes features mainly for North & South, Kia Ora and the Listener, and also does some copywriting gigs. She is Capital magazine’s books’ and culture writer.

Sarah has interviewed everyone from Dame Helen Mirren to sick children and science boffins, and has written hundreds of stories from profiles and arts features through to long-form science and business writing.

Awards and nominations include:

2007 Qantas Media Awards: Human Relations winner,

2008 Qantas Media Awards: Science and Technology winner,

2008 Qantas Media Awards: Junior Magazine Feature Writer finalist, The Magazine Awards,

2010: Journalist of the Year (Women’s Interest) finalist, The Magazine Awards,

2011: Journalist of the Year (Home, Food & Garden) finalist, and The Magazine Awards,

2011: Journalist of the Year (Lifestyle) finalist,

2013 Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards: runner-up for the Heritage Hotels
Award for The Best Travel Story about New Zealand.

Originally from Wanganui, Sarah is a booklover with a BA in English Literature from Victoria University of Wellington and a Bachelor of Communications (journalism major) from AUT University.

She is in charge of Theo, six, and the seven-year-old Wellington Classic Literature Meetup group.

Ewan McDonald tutor at NZ Writers College freelance journalism course

Ewan McDonald

Ewan McDonald is a multi-award-winning editor, journalist and critic. As features editor of the NZ Herald, editor of The Aucklander, and as a travel and food & wine writer, he and his teams have won more than 50 national and international awards.

Previous roles include Managing Editor of Custom Publications for New Zealand’s largest media company, NZME, with responsibilities from travel publications to Motoring, Lifestyle, Food and Wine, Real Estate and Commercial Property, Entertainment and Sustainable Lifestyle & Business publications.

He was Founding Editor of New Zealand’s most awarded community newspaper, The Aucklander. For 12 years he was the country’s most widely read restaurant reviewer, featuring in Viva (NZ Herald) and He has written about travel for more than 20 years, mostly for the NZ Herald, associated publications and the NZ Woman’s Weekly.

Hayley Leibowitz - Journalism tutor at NZ Writers College

Hayley Leibowitz

Award-winning journalist, editor and scriptwriter, Hayley Leibowitz is currently Editor of New Zealand’s only logging magazine, NZ Logger. Her 25-year career in the media industry has seen her byline in a range of publications from glossies to newspapers such as the Mail & Guardian. In addition, she has served as Editor on a number of business-to-business magazines, ranging from medicine to interior design. She also wrote and storylined on soap opera and television drama for many years and is a published romance author. More recently she has entered the online sphere, with social media management, blogging and digital newsletters added to her repertoire. Hayley prides herself on having never missed a deadline and being adept at targeting her audience appropriately. She holds a BJourn from Rhodes University and in 2003 was awarded second place in the Roche International Award for Obesity Journalism in the Medical category.

Course Curriculum

Module 1

The Genre of Magazine Writing

  • Distinguish magazine writing from other genres of writing. 
  • Acquire an understanding of the elements that characterise magazine journalism. 
  • Get answers to FAQ about a career in magazine journalism. 
  • Writing Exercise 1: Practise writing scenes that ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’ (assessment and feedback task).

Module 2

Targeting Your Market

  • Analyse a magazine in terms of content, style, format, tone, target market and demographic. 
  • Learn how to match your writing with that of a selected magazine. 
  • Distinguish between the different types of articles found in magazines. 
  • Writing Exercise 2: Analyse the demographic, style, tone and format of a selected magazine (assessment and feedback task). 


Module 3

Topics That Sell

  • Know where and how to find saleable ideas. 
  • Learn techniques for generating ideas. 
  • Distinguish between a topic and an angle. 
  • Study an overview of prominent international publications. 
  • Writing Exercise 3: Refine topics into angles. Come up with an angle for an article (feedback task). 

Module 4

Pitching Ideas to Editors 

  • Find out how to write the perfect query letter. 
  • Distinguish between writing on speculation versus querying and being commissioned. 
  • Writing Exercise 4: Write a query letter. (feedback and assessment task)

Module 5

Getting the Facts Straight 

  • Plan and map a structure of your piece. 
  • Learn interviewing techniques. 
  • Source reliable information. 
  • Understand what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. 
  • Writing Exercise 5: Map out your proposed article and research plan, ensuring logical flow of content (feedback task). 


Module 6

The Compelling Opener 

  • Understand the critical elements for writing a compelling lead. 
  • Identify the different types of introductions. 
  • Writing Exercise 6: Write a compelling opening to your article (assessment and feedback task). 

Module 7

Body-Building Part I 

  • Identify the main components of an article. 
  • Use a basic story structure to map out your piece. 
  • Use transitions and logical flow to facilitate easy reading. 
  • Writing Exercise 7: Test your knowledge on logical flow of content, use of transitions, consistent point of view and tenses (assessment and feedback task). 
  • Writing Exercise 8: Write up the body of your article. (feedback task)


Module 8

Body-Building Part II 

  • Familiarise yourself with the main grammar, style and punctuation rules. 
  • Know the rules for apt usage of quotations. 
  • Find out how to create catchy sidebars and resource boxes. 
  • Writing Exercise 9: Panel-beat the body into shape (feedback task). 

Module 9

Closing Off in Style

  • Identify the different types of closers. 
  • Writing Exercise 10: Write the closer for your piece (feedback task). 

Module 10

The Final Cut

  • Edit your piece by following basic guidelines. 
  • Understand the different kinds of cover letters and how to submit your piece in a professional way. 
  • Invoice and organise payment for your stories. 
  • Understand the basics of copyrighting and syndication. 
  • Writing Exercise 11: Edit your piece and submit it with a cover letter (assessment and feedback task). 


Module 11

Writing for Webzines

  • Understand how writing magazine articles for the Web is different. 
  • Discover how to use keywords, headlines and hyperlinking. 
  • Learn how to write an article for a webzine. 
  • Writing Exercise 12: Write a 600-word article for a specific online platform according to a given brief (assessment and feedback task). 

What Our Students Say

Carla OberholzerFreelance Journalism for Magazines and Webzines Course
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The Freelance Journalism Course is a practical and effective writing skills course, managed by a professional team. In a convenient time period, I have completed my course, gained new skills and revised old, rusty ideas. The Writers College is amazing (and I am in no way exaggerating). Thank you to a great team – smooth sailing from the administration process to the course itself. Your communication throughout is a BONUS!
Tracy BrooksFreelance Journalism for Magazines and Webzines Course
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My experience on the course was mind-blowing. I was seriously impressed by the thoroughness of the course, the kindness, availability and efficiency of the staff and tutors.
Jason DoughtyFreelance Journalism for Magazines and Webzines Course
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I really enjoyed the course. Both the course material and the tutor made it easy to understand and fun to do. My tutor was brilliant. She gave super speedy replies, great advice and constructive feedback. Overall, it was a fantastic experience and practical too. I would recommend The Writers College to anyone wanting to hone their writing skills.
Esta ChappellFreelance Journalism for Magazines and Webzines Course
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It was a very well structured course that is perfect for extramural learning and a great introduction into the magazine journalism industry. I received amazingly thorough feedback that was helpful, encouraging and practical. My tutor really made this course for me and went over and above all my expectations. For someone looking to enter the industry, but with no experience, this course has given me knowledge of magazine journalism as well as get me started with writing samples and the confidence to submit query letters.
Candice StephenFreelance Journalism for Magazines and Webzines Course
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It was challenging but it was worth it. I enjoyed all of it and I have learned a lot of skills that will help me in my journey to become a journalist. Tracey was professional , she helped me, supported me throughout the course. Overall, I loved it and I would definitely do another course with The Writers’ College.
Kirstin FisherFreelance Journalism for Magazines and Webzines Course
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This course has given me a fantastic ‘taste’ of a career I hadn’t previously considered, and has provided me with some really practical skills and knowledge. Sarah was a fantastic tutor – she provided detailed feedback on all my assignments and was extremely encouraging throughout the course. I have learnt a huge amount from her. She kept in regular contact so I stayed on track but she never rushed me. Being able to work at my own pace and do everything online has made it possible to complete the course while having a demanding full time job. I have learnt a lot about the basics of Magazine Journalism and have produced two articles I’m really proud of.

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Our courses work around you. You can pace your course around your busy life.

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Top students are invited to join our writers and editors for hire service.

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Questions? We've Got Answers

Detailed course notes covering the content of each module are emailed to you.

At the end of each module, you will be required to complete one or two writing exercises. In total, the course includes 20 writing assignments, many of which count towards your final result.

You must produce one query letter (300–600 words), one cover letter (up to 300 words) and two feature-length articles.

Once you have completed a writing assignment and emailed it to your tutor, you will be receive an assessment and feedback, and the module will be considered complete. You can also participate in ongoing online discussions by posting comments about the course or other issues pertaining to writing on The Writers College blog.

Absolutely. You have direct communication with your tutor for the duration of the course. The more questions you ask, the more you will get out of the course.

You will get lifetime access to the course, and you’ll benefit from all future updates and improvements to the course.

For the majority of our courses, only your tutor will see your work. Your work will remain completely private unless you get it published. In the journalism courses, your work might be published in the public domain, but you do have the final say as to whether or not it is published.

You will receive a Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided you meet the following conditions:

  • All 20 writing assignments must be completed.
  • The course must be completed within 12 months of registration.
  • A minimum average of 50% for the course must be achieved.
  • Basic writing skills are essential.
  • Basic computer skills, as well as email and Internet access are required.
  • No previous tertiary qualification is required.

Because you will work with an individual tutor, you can apply for a course and start as soon as you want to. There are no specific start dates as would be the case with a traditional college.

An application is usually approved within one working day. Once we see proof of payment, your course will start.

You could be starting your course today!

  • Reading Time: 15 hours
  • Writing Time: Up to 40 hours
  • Research Time: Up to 20 hours, depending on the complexity of your articles.


You can easily complete the course within six to 12 months. You will get an extra 21 days if your course runs over the New Year break.

You are welcome to finish the course sooner if you want, but we wouldn’t want you to rush the process too much!

Once your application has been approved, you will receive notice of approval and an invoice via email. As soon as we see proof of payment, you will receive the first module. We will also send you your tutor’s email address and your login details. Your tutor will also be in touch to welcome you.

Any work you create on our courses is owned by you. We will never make a claim to anything you produce. We follow the rule that copyright subsists with the creator (you).

'I couldn't be happier! I have come out of the course with all the know-how I need to pitch articles to magazine editors and successfully begin a career as a freelance journalist.'

Helen Glenny, Freelance Journalism Course

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