PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
  • ontariocolleges.ca code: JOMM
  • Program length: Four semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Media, Art & Design (MAD)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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Journalism – Print (two-year)/Journalism – Print and Broadcast (three-year)

Journalism – Mass Media

A journalism student on placement at a local television channel

Journalism – Mass Media

Journalism – Mass Media

Aside from gaining entry into one of the most interesting careers imaginable, an education in journalism provides excellent training in critical thinking, writing and presenting ideas. Armed with very transferrable knowledge, skills and experience, journalism graduates have gone on to write and deliver stories in newspapers, radio, television and online. Graduates are also well prepared for careers in corporate and government communications.

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Program Description (Laptop program)

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program are required to purchase their own laptop. For specific hardware and software requirements for this program click here.

This program addresses the broad changes occurring in the media landscape and offers a progressive and refined curriculum that will allow you to focus on development of skills in the use of broadcast and electronic media.

Students in this program will develop the essential skills, knowledge, and behaviours required to work in this progressive field. In the first year, students are introduced to the core journalism skills and will begin to focus on broadcast and online media platforms in the second year.

Constant evolution of technology and the increasing development of new platforms of communication, traditional media professions such as journalism are constantly facing new opportunities, as well as new challenges. New forms of interactive media and changes in the delivery methods of traditional news have forced journalists and others within the journalism industry to change how they do their jobs. For instance, the continued growth of mobile internet usage is predicted to increase the public’s desire for more news and information on handheld devices, so outlets are increasingly creating content for online sources and through mobile devices.

Graduates will have developed skills in: broadcasting, reporting, interviewing, editing, writing, publishing and/or producing, developing teams and computing. You will have knowledge of applicable legislation, standards and professional ethics, and recognize the importance of continuous learning. More specifically, you will gain a clear understanding of the impact of digital technology on journalism and will be able to respond and adapt effectively and efficiently to technological changes.

Upon successful completion of this program you will have opportunities at an entry-level in a wide variety of news organizations and will have the skills to perform a range of tasks, including:

  • Writing and capturing local, national and international news through interviews, investigating and observing
  • Writing news stories for publication and/or broadcast
  • Receiving, editing, analyzing and verifying news and others’ copy for accuracy
  • Researching and conducting interviews as pre-production for radio, television and online programs

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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U) (minimum 60 per cent average)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (recommended)
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Career Options

WHAT YOU COULD BE:

  • Assistant editor
  • Associate producer
  • Communications specialist
  • Editorial designer (layout editor)
  • Entrepreneur
  • Journalist
  • Marketing Representative
  • Online reporter
  • Public affairs assistant
  • Reporter
  • Reporter/photographer

WHERE YOU COULD WORK:

  • Broadcast television and radio
  • Corporate communication departments
  • Magazines, newspapers and online media companies
  • Marketing and publishing companies
  • Public relations firms
  • Self-employment
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Tuition$2,851$12,622
Compulsory Ancillary

$1,141

$1,541
Program Incidental$247$247
Total Fees:$4,238$14,410

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Laptop Learning

Students enrolled in laptop programs will enjoy an exceptional learning experience through the use of technology. The advanced technical skills and knowledge that employers look for in graduates will provide students with a decided advantage when entering the work force. Please pay close attention to the hardware and software requirements of your program as the requirements are not the same for all laptop programs. 

How laptop learning works:

  • Review your specific program page for hardware and software requirements
  • Acquire your own laptop from a vendor of your choosing including all of the hardware and software components listed below

Please note: Some software may be included in tuition fees for some programs. Please ensure that you are required to buy software before making a purchase.

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Laptop Requirements

Hardware recommendations

For a complete list of hardware recommendations please review the Hardware recommendations and FAQ document.

SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS

NOTE: Membership in Adobe Creative Cloud™ is included in the Student Fees and will be available for new students in the first week of classes.

DO NOT PURCHASE THIS SOFTWARE PRIOR TO STARTING THE PROGRAM.

Creative Cloud brings together everything you need to create your greatest work. One simple membership gives you and your classmates to the very latest versions of all the Adobe professional creative desktop applications like Photoshop®, Illustrator®, and more — plus new features and upgrades as soon as they're available. And that's just the beginning. With Creative Cloud™, everything you need to create intuitively and collaboratively is included.

Free downloadable software (please download and install prior to the start of classes):

OPTIONAL

  • USB flash drive for storing smaller amounts of data
  • External hard disk USB or FireWire powered 1 TB or larger
  • DSLR camera that supports manual exposure and settings
All students should have a Cat 5e or Cat 6 Ethernet cable 2 meters long to connect to the campus network.

NOTE: These requirements were accurate at the time of posting and are subject to change. Please be aware that hardware and software versions are subject to change and will be updated as needed.

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Field Placement

Your learning experience will be complemented by a field placement at the end of the fourth semester, which will provide you with hands-on experience within your field of study. Students gain valuable experience in a professional workplace setting, allowing them to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.

Past placement opportunities have included:

  • CTV Toronto
  • The Toronto Star
  • 680 News
  • Sportsnet 590 The Fan
  • TSN 1050
  • The Hockey News
  • FASHION Magazine
  • Metroland - Durham Region
  • MuchMusic
  • 94.9 The Rock
  • CBC Toronto
  • The Life Network
  • Global TV
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Post-Admission Communications Assessment

To help prepare you for success in your program and in your future career, all students accepted into this program will complete an assessment to determine your reading comprehension and writing skills. For more information please visit the post-admission communications assessment website.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Graduates can apply to Durham College’s Investigative Journalism and Documentary Production graduate certificate program and complete it in one academic year (two semesters).

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities, including: 

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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PROGRAM AT-A-GLANCE
  • ontariocolleges.ca code: JOMM
  • Program length: Four semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Media, Art & Design (MAD)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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