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Diploma in Publishing and Journalism

Open Learning Course -Diploma in Journalism

Study Media, Writing and Publishing with a view to becoming:

  • A Journalist, Author, Writer, Designer, or Illustrator 
  • Publishing Assistant or Manager
  • Web Developer
  • A Marketing Manager for a publisher poor distributor
  • A Production Manager ...etc

Many university journalism graduates end up never being able to secure a successful career in publishing. There are many reasons for this.

You are better to investigate and understand these issues BEFORE STARTING a course; rather than being surprised after completing a qualification.

ACS tutors are well published and successful professionals with current industry experience. Study here for an education with a strong dose of both reality and opportunity.

Course Structure and Content

  • 21 modules must be studied
  • Each involves 100 hours (approx) of study
  • All set assignments must be completed satisfactorily. If they are not, you are always given opportunity to resubmit.
  • 19 sit down, closed book exams must be completed as well. These can be sat anywhere in the world. Additional fees apply for the exams.

Core Modules

These modules provide foundation knowledge for the Diploma In Publishing And Journalism.

Elective Modules

In addition to the core modules, students study any five of the following modules.

Childrens Writing BWR104
Dramatic Writing BWR110
E Commerce BIT100
Html (Writing a Website) VIT102
Office Practices VBS102
Workshop I BGN103
Digital Photography BPH202
Journalism Practice I BWR203
Photoshop - Beginner To Medium Level VIT202
Research Project II BGN201
Research Project III BGN202
Workshop II BGN203
Editing II BWR302
Publishing III BWR303

Contents of Selected Modules

Some of the modules (only some) are outlined briefly below:

Freelance Writing

This has ten lessons:

1. Introduction to freelancing
2. Basic writing skills
3. The publishing world
4. Manuscripts
5. Planning what you write
6. Newspaper writing
7. Magazine writing
8. Writing books
9. Writing advertising
10. Special project

Advanced Freelance Writing

The has 8 lessons:

  1. Introduction.
  2. Writing a Regular Column
  3. Educational Writing
  4. Scientific Writing
  5. Writing a Biographical Story
  6. Writing a News Article
  7. Fiction Writing
  8. Other Writing

Creative Writing

This has 10 lessons:

1. Introduction
2. Basic Writing Skills
3. Being Concise and Clear
4. Planning what you write
5. Fiction
6. Non Fiction
7. Newspaper Writing
8. Magazine Writing
9. Writing Books
10. Special Project

Children’s Writing

This has 10 lessons:

  1. Introduction
  2. Overview of Children’s Writing
  3. Conceptualisation
  4. Children’s Writing for Periodicals
  5. Short Stories
  6. Non-Fiction
  7. Fiction
  8. Picture Books and Story Books
  9. Editing your work
  10. Project

Technical Writing

There are eight lessons in this module as follows:

1. Scope and Nature of Technical Writing
2. Presentation
3. Matching style and content to the audience
4. Planning: Developing a Logical Structure or Format
5. Collaborative Writing
6. Writing Technical Periodicals
7. Writing Manuals and Procedures
8. riting Project Proposals
9. Writing Project Reports.

Fiction Writing

There are eight lessons in this module as follows:

1. Scope & Nature of Fiction
2. Components of a Story – beginning, middle and end
3. Technique…The Creative Process – conception, developing a plot, Writing a Draft, Editing and rewriting; Method Writing
4. Conception and Research
5. Drama
6. Fantasy
7. The Short Story
8. The Novel

Publishing l

1. The content of each of the ten lessons is as outlined below:
2. The Publishing World Nature & scope of publishing, types of publishers, how books are published, market research
3. Publishing Procedures & Techniques Colour or black & white; film or digital imaging, types of printing, alternative ways of doing layout (eg. typesetting, paste up, electronic layout with Adobe products or MS publisher), comparing types of digital graphic files, printing costs, etc.
4. Desktop Publishing Word Processing, Alternative publishing methods: Printing on a Computer Printer; Supplying a "Master" to a commercial printer, or plublishing electronically (eg. Internet or CD)
5. Desktop Publishing Software options, use of colour, black and white, use of graphics, putting it together, etc.
6. Illustration: Graphics Line illustrations, cartoons, photos etc. Freehand work, Computer graphics, etc.
7. Illustration: Photography Photographic Equipment & Materials; Composition; Development of Photographic Style Portraiture, Posing for Photographs, Planning a Photo Session, Studio Photography, Fault Finding, etc.
8. Researching Types of Research (Exploratory, Experimental etc), Primary & Secondary Data sources, Planning a survey, Conducting an interview.
9. Marketing in Publishing Understanding marketing & publicity –what makes a publication succeed or fail, launches, press releases, etc.
10. Publishing: Ethics & The Law Public attitudes, accuracy of writing, bias, monopolies, media ownership concerns, etc.
11. Publishing Project Here you actually publish something.

Publishing ll

There are eight lessons in this module as follows:

1. The Publishing Process
2. Law and the Media
3. Ethics & Morality
4. Production Systems I –from writing to printing
5. Production Systems II
6. Layout for Print Media
7. Media Advertising
8. Marketing and Distribution Systems –Print & Electronic Media

Publishing lll

There are seven lessons as follows:

1. What to publish? – Deciding what and how to publish: market analysis, sponsorship, advertising, reader demand, industry support, distribution channels
2. Planning a New Publication
3. Costing a New Publication
4. Resource Management – Managing physical, human and intellectual resources
5. Risk Management – Legal considerations, insurance, staff wellbeing
6. Managing Writers
7. Managing Production & Distribution – Cost, timing, quality control, accuracy

Practical Journalism I

This module gives you hands-on experience in writing for our online student magazine( . You work with a mentor (member of our academic staff) who will oversee your role as writer for an online publication, for one edition of that publication.
With so many would-be writers around, publishers can afford to be very choosy. Most will only accept work from writers who have already been published, but getting that first work published can be a daunting and difficult task. Many very good writers just never get published at all.
This module provides our students with just what they need: an opportunity to get work published. On graduation, you will have at least one work published (maybe more) in a publication that you can show to potential employers, which will increase your chances of being employed or published in future.
This course takes you through the processes of writing for a specific publication, submitting work for publication, and meeting the requirements of an editor and publisher.

Photographic Practice

There are 8 lessons as follows:

1. Composition
2. Photographing People
3. Nature & Landscape Photography
4. Colour vs. black & white
5. Special Techniques
6. Illustrative Photography
7. Publishing Photos
8. Business Opportunities in Photography

Writing a Website (HTML)

This has 8 lessons:

1. Getting Started
2. Page Layout
3. Navigation
4. Images and Page Weights
5. Colour and Style
6. Designing a Web Site
7. Building and Testing a Web Site
8. FTP



Change can be either seen as an opportunity or a problem. How do you see it?

The media industry has changed, perhaps more than any other, over recent human history. Before the 20th century it was rare for people to own a camera, and television didn’t exist in many countries before World War II. Video tapes and home computers were alien to most people before the 1980’s and the idea of web sites and mobile phones didn’t gain momentum until the 1990’s. Printed newspapers and magazines were major employers in the media through the 19th and 20th centuries, but major publications have been closing down and circulation figures dropping since the 21st century began.

There is a trend to be observed in all of this; that new technologies in the media have opened up new employment opportunities at the same time as closing down old ones. It is difficult to predict what the media will look like throughout the working life of anyone entering this industry; but there will no doubt continue to be opportunities for people who develop the skills to utilise technologies to communicate through words and illustration.

If you want a career in media it is important to recognise the massive changes that have occurred over the past century or so, and anticipate even more and faster changes over the next century. You need to develop broad based generic skills in communication (both with words and images), together with an understanding of the current technology, and a commitment to continually work on staying up to date with changes in the industry.
This is an exciting industry, with lots of opportunities; but a fair degree of unpredictability about its future. You need to be innovative, creative, and have inherent management skills as well as good networking within the industry.



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PlanAust. PriceOverseas Price
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