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Journalism Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a career as a Journalist

More and more people are proactively chasing the news to stay informed of local and global information, which means there has never been a better time to be a reporter. With the advent of blogging and the general public turning to the Internet for information, the need for professional journalists is increasing. Journalism programs at Ontario colleges equip students to report through a variety of mediums so they can be on the cutting edge of the news industry.

If you’ve got a passion for telling stories and staying on top of current events, and you want to start your career as a reporter, here’s what you need to know. More

Journalism Courses

The focus of journalism programs is to equip students with the skills that every professional in the industry must have, namely interviewing, researching, material gathering and reporting for a number of different audiences and mediums. These skills will then be applied to a variety of reporting mediums, including newspaper, magazine, radio, television and the Internet.

Additional complementary theory classes and skills may include:

  • Editing
  • Photography and photo journalism
  • Design and desktop publishing
  • Media ethics

Much of the course work in journalism programs will be designed to prepare students to work under tight deadlines, using proper equipment and adapting their work to a variety of mediums. Work placements may also be part of the curriculum to give students experience working in an actual newsroom environment.

General Journalism Program Requirements

Ontario college journalism programs require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including a grade 12 English credit. Additional requirements may include grammar assessment and submission or completion of a writing assignment.

Journalism Jobs and Salaries

Journalism is an ever-evolving industry, so it pays for students to have a diverse skill set that can land them a position in any reporting environment. Job opportunities exist in traditional newspaper environments, as well as in broadcasting on radio or television. More and more opportunities are also surfacing for web-based reporting, whether it’s for online newspapers or news podcasts.

Salaries for journalists are largely based on level of experience. Often, entry-level reporters can expect to make anywhere from $27,000 to $33,000 per year, but with experience can move as high as $50,000 or more.

Ontario Colleges Offering Journalism Programs

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details Bachelor of Arts - Journalism (BA) CENTENNIAL STORY ARTS CENTRE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Bachelor of Arts - Journalism (BA)


  • Program Length: 4 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: TSJ
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: COLLABORATIVE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Bachelor of Journalism HUMBER LAKESHORE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Bachelor of Journalism


  • Program Length: 8 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 22241
  • Credential: DEGREE
  • Program Level: DEGREE
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Broadcast Journalism - Television News FANSHAWE LONDON CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Broadcast Journalism - Television News


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: TVN1
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Program Requires A Degree Or College Diploma. Refer To The Fanshawe Website (Www.Fanshawec.Ca) Or Program Guide For Specific Admission Requirements.

Show details Communications Media Practices MOHAWK FENNELL (HAMILTON) OPEN Full Time 2017 - May Visit

Communications Media Practices


  • Program Length: 1 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 266
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Journalism ALGONQUIN WOODROFFE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Journalism


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0402X01F
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Journalism CENTENNIAL STORY ARTS CENTRE CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Journalism


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 6402
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Journalism HUMBER NORTH CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Journalism


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: 04751
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Journalism MOHAWK FENNELL (HAMILTON) CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Journalism


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 297
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Journalism MOHAWK FENNELL (HAMILTON) OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Journalism


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 297
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Journalism NIAGARA WELLAND CAMPUS CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Journalism


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0114
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Journalism NIAGARA WELLAND CAMPUS OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Journalism


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0114
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Journalism SENECA SENECA@YORK CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Journalism


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: JRN
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: ACCELERATED
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
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Show details Journalism SENECA SENECA@YORK OPEN Full Time 2017 - May Visit

Journalism


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: JRN
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: ACCELERATED
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: Yes
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Show details Journalism SHERIDAN TRAFALGAR (OAKVILLE) CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Journalism


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: PJRNL
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Journalism ST. CLAIR MAIN CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Journalism


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: B894
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Journalism (for applicants currently attending York University) SENECA SENECA@YORK CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Journalism (for applicants currently attending York University)


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: JRNY
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: ACCELERATED
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Journalism (for applicants currently attending York University) SENECA SENECA@YORK OPEN Full Time 2017 - May Visit

Journalism (for applicants currently attending York University)


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: JRNY
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: ACCELERATED
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Journalism (POSTGRADUATE) HUMBER NORTH CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Journalism (POSTGRADUATE)


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: JR511
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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Show details Journalism - Broadcast CONESTOGA DOON CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Journalism - Broadcast


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 1171
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Journalism - Broadcast FANSHAWE LONDON CLOSED Full Time 2016 - Sep Visit

Journalism - Broadcast


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: BRJ1
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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