Journalism - Print
- Ontario College Diploma
- College Code:
- Media & Design
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2014 / 2015
About the Program
The Journalism-Print program allows students to develop skills that stretch across all news media. The first year of the Journalism-Print program emphasizes the fundamentals of reporting, research and interviewing, journalism law and ethics, and the basics of news writing. Students will also take a course in news photography, teaching the skills necessary to capture the picture that helps to illustrate the story.
In second year, the Journalism program makes the transition from writing stories as in-class assignments to writing stories as reporters for the College newspaper, SPOKE, as well as its online counterpart, SPOKEonline.com. In addition to experiencing firsthand the challenges and deadlines associated with the production of a weekly publication, students receive specialized training in opinion writing and feature and magazine writing.
The Journalism-Print program prepares students for any number of jobs within the media industry. Graduates possess the skills to work for newspapers, magazines, websites, online journals, publishing houses, and in many more exciting careers in this field.
Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2014 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
First-Year Capacity: 35
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
- Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270)
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
- An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
- Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
- A sound English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
- Students will require access to a digital SLR camera. The specifications will be given during the first semester.
- An external hard drive capable of storing at least 80 Gb is recommended.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition: Please refer to the previous academic year program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa.
*Fees for recreation/athletics, graduation/alumni, insurance, as well as program-related costs such as books and supplies, are additional.
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website
. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Aid/Awards
Graduates are prepared for employment in various positions related to news writing and news production in newspaper, magazine, radio, television and Internet publishing.
86% of 2011-2012 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
For more information on the PLAR process, please contact 519-748-5220 ext 2260, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the testing website.
- Apply analytical, writing, editing and other creative production skills to a variety of journalistic activities.
- Report, in a way appropriate to the medium, a wide range of stories in an accurate, detailed, balanced, fair and timely manner.
- Prepare and edit content.
- Apply production skills and make use of production equipment in the preparation of print content
- Apply computer skills to a variety of functions in journalism.
- Function as part of a journalism team.
- Apply a broad knowledge of current events and affairs and history to provide a context for journalism.
- Develop a realistic view of the journalism field and develop strategies for personal and professional development to manage job stress, enhance work performance and maximize professional opportunities including self-employment.
- Complete all work in compliance with relevant law, standards, and the appropriate principles and practices of journalism
Program Advisory Committees
The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.
For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees
Domestic students should apply online at www.ontariocolleges.ca
or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.
60 Corporate Court
Canada N1G 5J3
International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form
. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.