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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY:

I love the journalism program because I met the best people ever and the teachers were super nice.

Hilary Di Menna & Ashley Anthony
Journalism - Print and Broadcast
Graduate
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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY:

I loved that Durham College covered almost everything you could ever think of in the field that I decided to go into. In a year I hope to see mysel [...]

Robynne Henry
Journalism - Print and Broadcast
Graduate
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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY:

Durham College is incredible! I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a child and Durham College gave me the skills needed to do that successfully [...]

Kim Moreau
Journalism - Print and Broadcast
Graduate
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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY:

I chose this course because it opens so many doors and has so many opportunities. In journalism you can branch off into a lot of different fields. [...]

Chantelle Smith
Journalism - Print and Broadcast
First-Year Student
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WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY:

The Journalism program at Durham College helped to integrate me as a new immigrant in Canada and also provided me with the tools needed to start my [...]

Jason Miller
Journalism – Print and Broadcast (three-year)
Graduate
Journalism – Print (two-year)/Journalism – Print and Broadcast (three-year)

Journalism – Web and Print

Journalism – Print (two-year)/Journalism – Print and Broadcast (three-year)

Journalism – Web and Print

Journalism – Web and Print

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 the web. 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.

The Journalism – Web and Print program is based in sound journalism practices and graduates will have well-rounded knowledge, skills and experiences in the principles and practice of journalism. Students will graduate with highly developed skills in critical reading and research, critical writing and storytelling and an understanding of how to create stories for the media they have chosen.

Focusing on text-based media such as newspapers, magazines and websites, you will learn to use industry standard software (Adobe InDesign and Illustrator) for page layout and design, as well as the fundamentals of print publishing and print technologies. You will illustrate your stories with photography and video clips using software such as Adobe Photoshop and Premiere. Your field placement will be in print publication venues such as newspapers or magazines.

Important websites:

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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
  • Staff writer
  • Story editor
  • Television assistant

WHERE YOU COULD WORK:

  • Broadcast television and radio
  • Corporate communication departments
  • Magazines and 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$250$250
Total Fees:$4,241$14,413

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 REQUIREMENTS

For a complete list of hardware requirements please review the Hardware requirements 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 the second year of Durham College’s Journalism – Broadcast and Electronic Media program and complete the program 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: JOWP
  • 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
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