Duration: 1 year
The field of journalism is undergoing unprecedented change. As technology rapidly alters the landscape, the need for innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and solid story telling skills will become paramount to a successful career. The role of the professional journalist has become a balance of integrity, accuracy, ethics and technological aptitude, while still demonstrating the old hallmarks of journalistic endeavour and the discipline of verification.
The Journalism – New Media Program is purposely small in number, therefore ensuring students receive individualized guidance and coaching as they work directly with faculty through project-based learning. Esteemed faculty members have worked extensively in industry and some continue to do so at CBC, Global, CTV, The Globe and Mail, CNN, ABC and other mainstream organizations. Still others have launched successful independent news companies and are taking their rightful place in the independent emerging media marketplace.
The program caters to graduates of university and college programs from diverse academic backgrounds, industry professionals in need of retraining, and/or those with substantial life experience seeking practical, hands-on training in one short, intensive year.
Get Immersed in Media Technologies
Internet technologies, aggregators and apps are changing the dissemination of news and information and how professional journalists work. Journalism – New Media Program is training next-generation journalists with dynamic courses in Interactive Storytelling, Multimedia News Producing and Entrepreneurial Journalism. Students create content for a news website, online magazine, television and radio programs and their own websites and blogs in a converged and vigorous environment.
Journalism – New Media remains one of the most forward-thinking programs of its kind. Edgy and provocative curriculum is constantly upgraded to reflect the warp-speed changes in the field. In one academic year, you’ll be skilled at:
- Multi-media storytelling and the use of social media for research and promotion of news
- News and factual writing for print and websites
- Visual and data journalism
- Investigative reporting techniques and the use of Wikileaks and other transparency and whistleblowing websites
- Video storytelling
- Photo and audio journalism
- Entrepreneurial journalism
- Interviewing and fact-checking
- Finding and nurturing sources
Get Embedded in Industry
Students gain valuable experience and opportunity by participating in a mandatory 4 – 6 weeks work placement (paid or unpaid) in the news and information industry. Internships are typically completed at the end of the 8-month program but before graduation in June.
Additional Program Costs
In addition to the tuition fees for this program, students should plan to spend an additional $1,000 maximum for ancillary supplies, software and Web accounts.
In this ever-changing field, career opportunities ebb and flow quickly. Journalism – New Media Program prepares you to work successfully in a variety of roles and makes you one of the most marketable graduates of any Journalism program in the country – capable of moving seamlessly between mediums or tackling the skill and demands of convergent media. Our graduates boast unique skills and are therefore in high demand, capable of working as online and independent journalists or for mainstream news organizations in more traditional roles. While in the program, you’ll develop outstanding professional contacts, which often translate into job opportunities.
Graduates of the program can expect a variety of employment scenarios, ranging from full-time, traditional employment to contract and freelance work to self-employment start ups. Students will work successfully in the field of news and information, television and radio, Web and new media, production, and communications. Graduates from previous years are currently working as:
- Writers and news reporters for various mediums and on various subject matters
- Web designers and graphic artists
- Photographers, video camera operators and video editors
- Content producers and bloggers
- Social media experts
- Postsecondary diploma or degree
- Demonstrated competence through related work, and/or educational experience
Eligible applicants will be selected on the combination of the following:
- Previous academic achievement
- Demonstrated work and life experience
- Response to a questionnaire
- Submission of a portfolio (writing or video samples)
A portfolio review fee is required with the submission.
Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.
|LAWS 57260||Media Law and Ethics||2|
|JOUR 55586||Introduction to Newsgathering & Writing||4|
|MEDA 50874||Producing News||3|
|MEDA 55142||Interactive Storytelling||3|
|MEDA 56641||ENG Camera Lab||3|
|MEDA 51721||Editing Lab||3|
|JOUR 59999||Research & Chase Producing||3|
|MEDA 58962||Reporting & Hosting||3|
|MEDA 57148||Theories of New Media||3|
|MEDA 58081||Digital Photo-Journalism||3|
|MEDA 54310||Multi-Media News Lab||6|
|MEDA 52692||Entrepreneurial Journalism||3|
|ELECTIVES||Students select 3 out of 5 electives|
|JOUR 53680||Investigative Reporting||2|
|JOUR 56206||Global Conflict Studies||2|
|JOUR 58962||Advanced Reporting||2|
|MEDA 59014||Advanced Shooting & Editing||2|
|MEDA54737||Current Affairs and Documentary Production||2|
Note: Courses subject to change.