Building Your Freelance Career

  • Online delivery
  • eClass

Learn how to devel­op a career in inde­pen­dent jour­nal­ism, as well as how to man­age your busi­ness. Find out what types of jour­nal­ism work are avail­able to free­lancers and explore top­ics such as find­ing, devel­op­ing, and orga­niz­ing ideas; sell­ing sto­ries and your­self; and mar­ket research tech­niques. Dis­cuss dig­i­tal tools that can reduce time, errors, and the chaos of self-employ­ment, as well as life skills that fos­ter a healthy work-life bal­ance. We’ll wade into the busi­ness nit­ty-grit­ty — who pays, how much, and what’s in a con­tract — as well as best practices.

This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Offered:

Weekday evening (Mon)
Apr 12, 2021Jun 7, 2021
Monday

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

In synchronous online courses, students move through the course material at the same pace as their peers. These courses also provide learners with pre-scheduled online lectures that have the instructor and students interacting at the same time. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Omar Mouallem

Your Instructor

Omar Mouallem

Omar Mouallem is a journalist, author, and filmmaker who has worked for The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, CBC and The Ringer. He’s edited numerous magazines, co-directed a documentary about oil-sector suicides, and co-authored a national bestseller about Canada’s costliest natural disaster. He’s also a frequent TV and radio personality, having appeared on Al Jazeera, WNYC, and CBC, and covered for Jesse Brown as host of CANADALAND.

Class info
  • There is no class on Mon­day, May 24 2021. This is a syn­chro­nous course that fea­tures live online activ­i­ties at pre­de­ter­mined times. For the real-time class­room ses­sions, a com­put­er with both audio input and out­put is required. To start your online learn­ing expe­ri­ence vis­it www​.ext​-leo​.ca/​s​t​u​dents
  • Cost assistance: May be eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant and the Canada Training Benefit. (view all)
    Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages (groups of 4 or more) are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at corporate.learning@ualberta.ca for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Open for registration until April 12, 2021. Register at least one week before the course start date to secure your spot. If space is available you may register until the day the course starts.
Looking for different course dates?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

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