March to the beat of your own drum with this two-day course on becoming a freelancer.

There’s never been a better time to turn your side hustle into a main one, but freelancing isn’t for the faint-hearted. Learn how to flourish in the gig economy from successful freelance journalists and writers who’ve been there, done that. Discover which opportunities are out there, and how to grab them. Operate as an independent journalist. Create multiple revenue streams and build your own personal brand, while also learning crucial survival skills for freelancers like pitching, invoicing and networking. We’ll also introduce you to new forms of journalism that are becoming increasingly popular, and show you how to incorporate them into your reporting. 

You’ll learn how to: 

  • Understand the basics of journalism freelancing 
  • Create a professional, polished portfolio 
  • Generate story ideas that sell 
  • Make a living as a freelance journalist 
  • Apply for grants and funding for freelancers
  • Get published and promote your work 
  • Build your personal brand and reputation

Course Details

Duration: Two days
Location: Johannesburg or online
Group size: 3-12 participants

How it works: This course can either be run as a block course (two consecutive days) or one day of training weekly over two weeks.


Nala Academy prides itself on offering the best, by the best. We provide a range of online and in-person courses for journalists, editors and content producers. Our training is dynamic, contemporary and practical – with course content that evolves as quickly as the industry does. 

Our core training team includes some of the most recognised names in media in Africa who have built, led and worked for some of the biggest media brands on the continent. We also bring in prominent global journalists and communicators as guest trainers. 

To sign up for this course or enquire about our other offerings, get in touch.