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Course Description

Equine Journalism provides the necessary tools, techniques, and knowledge in order to help you become a published author and develop a career in Equine Journalism. Publishers are always looking for new writers, but these writers can fail simply because they lack the basic skills necessary to get the attention of editors.

This course has been designed to assist you in developing the skills needed, including knowing how properly analyze publications to suit your needs, to write a proper query and who to submit it to, how to properly research, interview, and create written copy that gets noticed and accepted on the first try. You will also learn how to self-edit, understand contracts and copyright rules, and how to create pleasing photographs to accompany those submissions. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing your first by-line, article and photograph in a publication.

Learning Outcomes

During this course you will:

  • Examine the basics and roles of journalism and the equine publishing industry
  • Demonstrate various writing styles
  • Describe your writing niche
  • Generate story ideas
  • Learn research and interview techniques
  • Write a well composed query letter
  • Interpret a writer’s contract, know what writers are paid and how to interact with publishers
  • Practice writing and editing an article, and know how to present articles in manuscript format
  • Compose and edit images suitable for inclusion in an article for publication
  • Recognize ethical issues and know appropriate conduct with respect to journalism

Course Topics

  • Introduction to the equine print media industry
  • Writing styles
  • How to write for the equine industry
  • Research
  • Editing
  • Queries
  • The business of writing
  • Ethics and code of conduct
  • The science of photography
  • The art of photography
  • The complete submission

Sample Careers

Equine Journalism is designed for writers interested in writing and photography in the equine industry.

Additional Requirements

This course is intended for adults at least 18 years of age.


Quizzes 5% There will be two online quizzes. Each quiz consists of a number of true or false statements and multiple-choice questions which cover the weekly unit material.
Assignments 45% There are three short assignments; writing a query letter, conducting an interview, and an article outline.
Photography Discussion 10% Sharing photos and discussing photography with a guest speaker
Final Assignment 40% During the course you will complete an article manuscript.


Department: Equine Guelph,  Open Learning and Educational Support


You can expect to spend 6 - 10 hours per week to complete the course material, discussions and assignments.

You do not need access to a horse to complete this course.

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Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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*Course details are subject to change.


The Equine Journalism course is currently being redeveloped.

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